Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Fishing on the North Coast is a bit of a waiting game right now, as the seasons for ocean salmon and rockfish are right around the corner.

In the meantime, anglers can head to Oregon for Brookings ocean bottom fishing and spring salmon on the Rogue River, try for surfperch from beaches closer to home, or attempt to catch some of the last of the steelhead run on the Smith River.

Although it's early, there have been a few reports of spring salmon caught on the lower Klamath River.

Surfperch off Pebble Beach

Surfperch fishing off of Pebble Beach is still going strong, with many anglers finding luck on different stretches of the rocky coastline.

Local fishing expert Wes Wesson has said the best bait is fresh, uncooked shrimp, which perch mistake for the grass shrimp they like to snack on. Cut the shrimp in half before baiting the hook, he said.

Wesson recommended six- to 10-pound test line, (preferring the cheap Zebco line because of its extra thickness), a one-ounce sinker and a No. 6 hook.

Rogue River salmon

Spring salmon fishing on the lower Rogue River was consistent last weekend with two to three fish caught every day, according to Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing.

This week the fishing had slowed down, with the river continuously losing flow, but fishing should pick up again with a small rain storm or an impending water release from dams upriver, Martin said.

Windy weather also hindered fishing on the lower Rogue.

Brookings ocean fishing

Wind likewise inhibited ocean-bottom fishing out of Brookings this past week, but with a fair ocean weather forecast, good rockfish and lingcod fishing should resume, Martin said.

Fishing guide contact: Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 541-813-1082 and

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