Reel Deal: Salmon bites back

Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

The ocean salmon bite has finally picked up in Crescent City, with anglers getting limits super-early most of this past week.

Staff at Englund Marine said that anglers were waiting at the doors to weigh in chinook salmon, pushing 30 pounds for their contest before they even arrived at 7 a.m. - although the bite did slow Friday.

Crescent City ocean

Anglers from Brookings said it took more time to drive to Crescent City than it did to land limits of Chinook salmon this past week out of Crescent City, some calling it the best season they've seen in more than three decades.

Friday was a bit slower, but anglers heading south to the "sisters" sea stacks still came back with salmon.

Bottom fishing has stayed consistent, with limits of lingcod reached easily by Tally Ho II Sportfishing and the black rockfish bite starting to get better.

Brookings-Harbor ocean

The salmon bite out of Brookings-Harbor just two miles out is "as good as it gets," according to Roland Robertson of the Chetco Outdoor Store. Salmon are being found in the top half of the water column in 100- to 150-foot depths.

The lingcod fishing is "still excellent" with one to two fish per rod, some up to 35 pounds.

Rockfish takes a little longer to get your limit, and it seems like anglers have to move away from the lingcod to land rockfish. The lingcod are found inside 50-foot depths and the rockfish are found 50 feet and out.

Eureka ocean

"Red hot," "simply amazing" and "still wide open" are the choice phrases to describe the salmon bite by Reel Steel Sportfishing for this past week.

Like in Crescent City, the salmon bite was just a bit slower Friday.

The usually quickly-reached salmon limits have allowed Reel Steel to do some combination trips, going for salmon in the early morning and getting limits of rockfish or halibut to round out the day.

Fishing Guide Contacts: Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Englund Marine Supply at 707- 464-3230; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.

Reach Adam Spencer at aspencer@triplicate.com .

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