Crescent City fishermen remain hopeful salmon bite picks up before season closes in September
Ocean salmon fishing has certainly seemed to cool off the coast of Crescent City and Brookings, but with reports of at least a salmon or two per day in Crescent City and great reports out of Eureka, anglers have hope that the border coast may get another taste of red-hot salmon fishing before the season closes Sept. 7.
Steelhead fishing has been productive from Klamath Glen to Blue Creek, and there are reports of some adult salmon caught in the estuary.
Crescent City ocean fishing
The weather has kept many ocean anglers close to port, but Leonard Carter of Englund Marine said that anglers are still picking up a couple salmon per day near the second buoy just south of the entrance to Crescent City Harbor.
Salmon scores might be higher if there were more fishing pressure from the local fleet, Carter said, but with good reports out of Eureka, he was optimistic: "I think the salmon will be back."
Bottom fishing for rockfish and lingcod has been good out of Crescent City despite poor weather, with many fish being pulled in close to port.
Brookings ocean fishing
It has been tough for anglers to explore any of the outside fishing spots near the Port of Brookings-Harbor due to rough ocean conditions, according to Roland Robertson of Chetco Outdoor Store, but thankfully the bottom fishing has been great even close to port.
A few salmon have been caught recently in "salmon alley" in about 100andndash;125 feet of water from House Rock to the buoy, Robertson said, but the real savior is rockfish and lingcod fishing.
"There have been quite a few lings pushing that 25-pound class stretched from House Rock to the entrance of the harbor," Robertson said.
Lower Klamath River
Combination fishing for steelhead and chinook salmon on the Lower Klamath River continues to be an option as steelhead fishing above the Glen has been great and a few adult salmon are getting caught in the estuary.
The 2014 Klamath River Basin quota is 4,128 Klamath River fall chinook salmon over 22 inches total length - compared to over 40,000 last year.
Regulations for Klamath River fall chinook go into effect Aug. 15.
The daily bag limit will be three chinook salmon, more than 22 inches in length. The possession limit is nine chinook salmon, with only one salmon more than 22 inches in length.
Fishing contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 464-1236 and tally-ho-sportfishing.com; Pergish Carlson at 951-1284 or www.bluecreekguideservice.com; Englund Marine Supply Co. at 464-3230; Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 218-5573 and www.pwcofishingguide.com; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151.
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