Crescent City's ocean salmon season ended with a whimper when the season closed Sunday, as California's northernmost port did not have the same salmon luck as ports to the south.
But bottom fishing for rock fish and lingcod continues to be plentiful as usual out of Crescent City, and salmon fishing at the mouth of the Klamath River continues to draw hundreds of anglers.
Lower Klamath River
More than 10,700 Chinook salmon have been harvested between the mouth of the Klamath River and Highway 101 bridge thus far this season, with more than 3,600 of those fish harvested from Sept. 3 to 9 alone.
There is a quota of 20,003 salmon for the area between the 101 bridge and the mouth this year, and the entire quota could legally be caught at the mouth, which has seen a circus of anglers lined up and down the banks of the long, narrow mouth, with someone catching a salmon every few minutes.
Anglers fishing the mouth of the Klamath should know their fish and fish tactics well, as enforcement officers from California Department of Fish and Wildlife are writing tickets for killing steelhead and coho salmon, as well as for anglers snagging fish.
Boat-based anglers upstream of the busy mouth and the Yurok Tribe's commercial nets, have said that fishing is "medium" at best in the lower Klamath, according to fishing guide Steve Huber.
"Nothing is red hot," said Huber, adding that the average is a couple jacks, the chance at a couple adult salmon, and a slimmer chance at steelhead.
"Every once in a blue moon you get a clump of good fish" but they get scared away by other boats quickly, Huber said.
Guides in the lower Klamath said that most of the steelhead have moved up the system by now.
Crescent City ocean
Rough ocean conditions have kept most anglers off the water for the last few days, but Crescent City's lone ocean charter, Tally Ho II Sportfishing, reported great conditions for lingcod and rockfishing when they were able to fish Saturday and Monday.
Capt. Craig Strickhouser said the black rockfish were biting a little better than lingcod.
Most of the bottom fishing out of the port of Brookings-Harbor has been happening north of House Rock, according to Scott Stewart of Ultimate Catch Charter and the Chetco Outdoor Store.
Anglers are still catching halibut, Stewart said, but ocean conditions have kept many in port the last few days.
Nothing describes the quiet finish to this year's salmon season like the outcomes of the CAF Rogue River Salmon Derby, which was Sept. 3andndash;7: only six salmon were caught by participants throughout the four-day derby, Stewart said.
Trolling for salmon in the Rogue River estuary has been hit or miss, although 10 salmon were caught Tuesday, Stewart said.
Fishing contacts: Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236;Steve Huber Guide Service at 530-623-1918; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151; Ultimate CatchCharter at 541-813-0330.
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