Just because a mammoth run of fall-run chinook salmon is expected this year on the Klamath River doesn’t mean the banks are overflowing with salmon on opening day of the fall season.
John Bebore, left, of Medford poses next to a nice-sized steelhead caught by John Weaver of Brookings on the Klamath River. Courtesy of Mike Coopman's Guide Service
In fact, Wednesday fishing was fairly slow, according to fishing guide Mike Coopman, whose boat raked in four salmon jacks and three steelhead, but no adult chinook. Pressure was minimal with just about six boats on the river, he said.
“I anticipate some fresh fish coming in with that bump that we got,” Coopman said, referring to Monday’s release of extra water from the Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River, intended to keep the flow of the lower Klamath at a minimum of 3,200 cubic feet per second.
Steelhead trout action in the lower Klamath has been persistently good though, according to fishing guide Steve Huber. Most of the steelhead are wild fish.
“But for the salmon push, it just hasn’t started very heavy yet,” Huber said.
Crescent City ocean fishing
Rough conditions have kept the fishing pressure down recently, but the weekend forecast is shaping up to provide good fishing.
“The big surf has been a problem, but as soon as the waves went down the fishing was good,” said Craig Strickhouser, captain of the Tally Ho II charter boat.
The Tally Ho has been groundfishing for rockfish and lingcod, finding lots of lings still, and blue rockfish are starting to show up this time of year, Strickhouser said.
Salmon fishermen have been having the best luck in the areas north of Castle Rock and near Star Rock off of Point St. George, according to Chris Hegnes of Englund Marine Supply in Crescent City.
Eureka ocean fishing
Anglers coming out of Humboldt Bay were similary hampered by lumpy ocean conditions over the weekend, but when charter boats have had the opportunity, the salmon fishing is still “red hot,” according to Reel Steel Sportfishing.
“There seems to be a lot of salmon right now and they are really hungry,” said the Reel Steel fishing report from Monday.
Fishing guide contacts: Mike Coopman’s Guide Service at 707-465-1367; Steve Huber Guide Service at 530-623-1918; Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.