Just as many had started to write off the 2014 ocean salmon season finished, anglers out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor started pulling in some of the delicious pink meat as well as several halibut.
Limits of rockcod and half-limits of lingcod are being easily caught out of both Crescent City and Brookings, and fishing in the Lower Rogue and Lower Klamath River has picked up a bit, too.
Crescent City ocean fishing
Bottom fishing for rockcod and lingcod out of Crescent City continues to be great with Capt. Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing saying his clients are catching “about one lingcod per rod, which isn’t bad, but we’ve been limiting out on blacks.”
Folks at Englund Marine Fish Supply Co. in Crescent City Harbor seconded the good bottom fishing sentiment, adding that there were some salmon caught straight out from port earlier this week, but salmon action has been pretty quiet compared to Brookings.
Brookings ocean fishing
There has been “fairly decent” action for salmon outside of the whistle buoy out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor, according to Roland Robertson of Chetco Outdoor Store.
Anglers have been catching salmon there in about 100 feet of water in the bottom third of the water column as well as near the state line 3.5 miles out from port with a 55 degree return heading, Robertson said.
This is Oregon’s first year of having a halibut quota and there is still some poundage for the southwest coast. Robertson said that anglers have been catching halibut at the Thomas Creek bridge and 100 to 150 feet off of “twin rocks.”
Lower Klamath River
A few dozen salmon were caught at the mouth of the Klamath River on Thursday, but with a very small quota ,that fishery is expected to close fairly quickly.
There’s a sizable amount of early fall chinook pushing into the river and holding from Klamath Glen to Blue Creek, where many fish are reported to be holding in the cool water.
Lower Rogue River
After last week’s poor showing on the Lower Rogue River, Robertson of Chetco Outdoor Store said the salmon bite had become pretty good.
Fishing contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 464-1236 and tally-ho-sportfishing.com; Englund Marine Supply Co. at 464-3230; Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 218-5573 and www.pwcofishingguide.com; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151.