Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Salmon fishing on Lower Klamath picking up as ocean salmon seem to be dropping off

Fishing for salmon on the Lower Klamath River has been picking up in speed, just in time to make up for a lack of ocean salmon action out of Crescent City.

Halibut fishing was crazy good out of Crescent City this week, with several large 'buts weighed in at Englund Marine Supply Co. in Crescent City Harbor, including a 78-pounder!

Lower Klamath River

After sharing tips with Del Norte youth at a local softball camp, the Oklahoma Sooners' two-time All-American shortstop Shelby Pendley went to the Lower Klamath River to catch the first salmon of her life with Blue Creek Guide Service.

"That was my first world champ," said Blue Creek Guide Service's Pergish Carlson, who got limits of salmon for Pendley. "She's softball royalty."

Salmon fishing has been "great" on the Lower Klamath, said Carlson, who landed one of several salmon hooked with Pendley's crew at the mouth before heading upriver to find great combination fishing for both salmon and steelhead.

Crescent City ocean

Huge halibut were lined up for weighing at Englund Marine in Crescent City Harbor this week, just as the Pacific halibut season for Crescent City's coastline comes to a close today.

Englund Marine weighed a 78-pound halibut, a couple 60-pound 'buts and a few in the 35- to 40-pound range this week.

"Halibut fishing is real good," said Leonard Carter of Englund Marine, adding that bottom fishing in general has been good.

"The lings were ravenous today!" said Capt. Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing about Wednesday's fishing trip that netted 14 lingcods and 65 rockfish.

As long as the weather allows for safe passage, the bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been great, he said.

"We've been having some pretty rough storms, but when we can get there we're catching them," Strickhouser said, adding that conditions look pretty bad for the weekend, but he was optimistic the ocean would lay down soon.

Last week Bethany Cobletz, of Spokane, Wash., went fishing with her uncle, local guide Jim Mitchell, and pulled in her limit of rockfish. Mitchell said that the group lost several large lingcods that appeared over 25 pounds, including a "hitchhiker" that was biting down on a rockfish before letting go near the boat.

Eureka ocean fishing

After a rare, long stretch of poor salmon fishing out of Eureka encouraged Reel Steel Sportfishing to hunt for rockfish, the bite turned on again this week.

Capt. Tim Klassen reported limits of salmon for his customers on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, indicating there might still be some ocean salmon fishing to be had this season.

Fishing contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 464-1236 and; Pergish Carlson at 951-1284 or; Englund Marine Supply Co. at 464-3230; Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 218-5573 and

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