Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Ocean salmon fishing out of Crescent City has gotten off to a slow start, but it's still pretty early in the season, with many anglers waiting for next week's May 15 groundfish opener to hit the salmon hard.

Eureka-based charter boats are catching more salmon, but that fleet is also at half-staff in this early part of the season.

Crescent City salmon fishing

When weather finally cooperated, about 17 fishing boats went for salmon out of Crescent City on Monday, but only two salmon were caught among the whole gang, according to Craig Strickhouser, of Tally Ho Sportfishing.

The rest of the week wasn't much better, with anglers catching maybe half a fish per boat, according to Chris Hegnes of Englund Marine.

Strickhouser said he plans more trips starting May 15, when he can also take clients out for rockfish and lingcod.

Eureka salmon

At least some of the charter boats that have started salmon fishing out of Eureka have been privileged to quick limits and some 20-plus-pound king salmon.

Reel Steel Sportfishing was able to get salmon limits for clients as early as 10:30 and 8:30 a.m. on fishing days earlier this week, and even found some larger salmon Wednesday near Trinidad.

While targeting halibut, Reel Steel was also able to catch some skate Wednesday.

Sherry Klassen of Reel Steel said that fishing pressure is light this early in the season.

Shelter Cove

In southern Humboldt, conditions aren't much better, with only one to three salmon reported per boat and no salmon over 18 pounds.

"It's spotty but there are fish here," said Russ Thomas of Mario's Marina in Shelter Cove.

Fishing guide contacts: Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.

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