Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Salmon abound in Klamath and Trinity rivers

When the tide's a-dropping, the salmon come a-biting at the mouth of the Klamath River. When the time's right, the spit at the mouth has been an elbow-to-elbow chinook hooking circus.

The Trinity River isn't looking too shabby either.

Lower Klamath River

Fishing was temporarily slow last week when small tide swings closed off the mouth of the Klamath River, but the mouth reopened by Friday, bringing hordes of salmon for bank anglers.

"It was another great week on the Klamath River.We had some great tides for fishing the mouth this week and boy did they slam them!We haven't had this much activity at the mouth since it ran south over 10 years ago," wrote Sara Borok, environmental scientist with the Klamath River Project, in an email.

As of Sept. 16, 6,613 adult fall-run chinook had been caught by sport anglers in the lower Klamath River - almost twice the amount caught last season to date, according to the Klamath River Project.

"Only 2,660 of those were caught below the Highway 101 bridge," Borok wrote, adding that the mouth should not be closed anytime soon. "It looks like another good week coming up."

Unlike last week when boat anglers weren't having much luck below Blue Creek, salmon were being caught in every hole this week, according to fishing guide Ken Cunningham, who has been side drifting and boon-dogging with roe.

Ocean fishing

Rock fish, lingcod and even the occasional halibut are being caught as welcomed replacements since the ocean salmon season wrapped up on the North Coast. The rock fish and lingcod bite is just as good as it's been all summer and the halibut bite is fairly strong as well.

Charlene Gift of Eureka hooked an 82-pound halibut on Saturday that tied for second place in the halibut derby at Englund Marine in Eureka.

Gift was aboard Reel Steel Sportfishing's charter boat, which has been targeting tuna when the sea surface temperature is right.

Trinity River

Del Loma is rumored to be the place to be for salmon fishing on the Trinity River, according to E.B. Duggan "D" Fishing Guide. The owner of Del Loma RV and Campground told Duggan it's the best season he's seen since he bought the place 15 years ago.

Good Trinity River fishing can also be found from Salyer to Hawkins Bar, with most people catching their limits of four salmon per day, Duggan said.

Fishing Guide Contacts: Ken Cunningham Guide Service at 707-391-7144; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925; E.B. Duggan "D" Fishing Guideat530-629-3554.

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