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Reel Deal: A bounty of salmon at sea

From left to right: Local river guides James Keeling, Don Vecchetti and Jim Mitchell and Triplicate reporter Adam Spencer got limits of ocean salmon out of Crescent City on Thursday.  Del Norte Triplicate/ Adam Spencer
From left to right: Local river guides James Keeling, Don Vecchetti and Jim Mitchell and Triplicate reporter Adam Spencer got limits of ocean salmon out of Crescent City on Thursday. Del Norte Triplicate/ Adam Spencer
 The smell of salmon on the grill is wafting through the backyards of ocean anglers and their  friends in Del Norte County as the salmon bite has really taken off this week.

 

Crescent City ocean

On some days, it didn’t seem to matter if you trolled with an anchovy, herring or hardware; the salmon were biting regardless.

“It’s a piranha bite,” said Leonard Carter of Englund Marine in Crescent City Harbor, adding that the bite has been better in the morning. Anglers haven’t had to travel much beyond the second buoy, two miles from the harbor, to get quick limits of King salmon.  Although there has been less fishing pressure north of the harbor, some anglers reported a great salmon bite there Thursday.

 

A few 30-pound salmon were weighed in for Englund Marine’s contest, with the heaviest salmon contender currently at 31.5 pounds, gilled and gutted.

There’s less news on bottom fishing when salmon are hot, but lingcod and rockfish anglers are also getting their limits, and more black rockfish are coming in, Carter said.

Brookings-Harbor ocean

Even on windy days earlier this week when ocean anglers were forced to stay fairly close to the harbor entrance, the salmon bite out of Port of Brookings-Harbor was pretty good, according to the crew at Chetco Outdoor Store.

And on good weather days, the Brookings salmon bite is often providing anglers with their limit of two salmon, including hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) coho, which can be kept in Oregon. 

The best salmon bite has been around the second buoy two miles out from the harbor and near the California border in water 130-145 feet deep.

There is reportedly still a good bite for lingcod and rockfish, with an uptick in the amount of black rockfish being caught. 

Klamath, Rogue rivers 

Salmon fishing out of Crescent City was superb this week, as long as sea lions weren’t stealing anglers’ catch as they reeled in. Del Norte Triplicate/Adam Spencer
Salmon fishing out of Crescent City was superb this week, as long as sea lions weren’t stealing anglers’ catch as they reeled in. Del Norte Triplicate/Adam Spencer

Fall-run salmon and summer steelhead are reportedly being caught in the lower Klamath River,  including by anglers trolling in the estuary. Mossy conditions have lightened up a bit.

A fairly decent bite of salmon has been reportedly caught in Gold Beach by anglers trolling the estuary.

Trinidad ocean

It has not been hard to get limits of salmon out of Trinidad either this past week, with the best fishing in 130-145 feet of water just outside the harbor or to the south of Trinidad, according to Capt. Jim Gullet of Wind Rose Charters.

Fishing contacts: Englund Marine Supply at 707- 464-3230; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541- 469-9151; Lunker Fish Trips at 707-458-4704; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925; Wind Rose Charters at (707) 677-3316; 

Reach Adam Spencer at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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