Reel Deal: Salmon, lingcod and rockfish are biting hard this week as city swells for Fourth of July

Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

A strong salmon bite is back for the coasts of Crescent City and Brookings, just in time for throngs of tourists and ex-pat Del Norters back in town for the Fourth of July.

Rockfish and lingcod ocean fishing has been pretty good, as usual. Other local opportunities to wet a line include trying for surfperch from coastal bluffs or trying for a cutthroat trout in the Smith or Chetco rivers.

Crescent City ocean salmon

King salmon off the coast of Crescent City were reportedly chomping on almost anything that anglers threw at them this week, from anchovies and herring to plastic and Apexes.

"We've been catching them on just about everything - their bellies are empty and they're hungry!" said Capt. Keith Richcreek of Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service.

Richcreek said there were reports of salmon caught inside the reef in 135andndash;140 feet of water and he found limits of the pink fish for his clients on Wednesday in 170andndash;190 feet of water.

Crescent City rockfish/lingcod

It takes a little bit of searching to find the hungry packs of lingcod and rockfish off the coast of Crescent City, but once you're in them, the limits come quick, according to Capt. Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing.

Tally Ho has been finding groundfish both just north and just south of Crescent City, depending on the day, pulling in really nice grade lingcods and good quality black rockfish.

Brookings ocean fishing

The fish cleaning tables in the Port of Brookings-Harbor were packed with less-than-lucky king salmon on Wednesday, according to Scott Stewart of Chetco Outdoor Store.

"There's lots of salmon out there," Stewart said.

Bottom fishing out of Brookings has been decent per usual as well, Stewart said.

Lower Klamath River

The Lower Klamath River is reportedly very low, with lots of algae in the river, looking more like conditions expected in late July.

Few spring chinook that entered the river system this year, causing some to speculate that springers may have bypassed the Klamath for the year due to warm waters.

Eureka ocean fishing

King salmon fishing was reportedly fantastic out of Eureka last week, with the only complaint being the amount of shakers (small salmon not worth keeping) that became more common this week, according to Reel Steel Sportfishing.

Fishing contacts:

Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 707-464-1236 and;Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 707-218-5573 and; Chetco Outdoor Store 541-469-9151.  Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925 and .

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