Reel Deal: Full moon in sky slows salmon bite

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate August 03, 2012 06:56 pm

Klamath River’s chinook fall run is getting closer

Legend holds that full moons make people behave strangely. Many fishermen argue that it keeps fish awake and feeding all night, making it harder to get them to bite come morning light.

Crescent City ocean fishing

“Everything’s really slow with the full moon,” said charter captain Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho Sportfishing.  Salmon fishing has become spotty with a few fish caught “here and there” but “no more limits,” he said. “Once the full moon is over the bite will probably come back.”

Bottom fishing for rockfish and lingcod hasn’t suffered the same fate and remains as strong as it’s been all season, according to Chris Hegnes of Englund Marine in Crescent City.  He’s also been hearing reports of the salmon bite slowing down to about one fish per angler, and anglers finding the salmon a bit farther south.

On a heavier note, an angler recently weighed in an 80-pound halibut at Englund Marine caught at the “big reef,” Hegnes said.

 

Lower Klamath River

“We’re starting to see salmon in the system finally this week,” said fishing guide Steve Huber, adding that the majority of the bites are still steelhead. “We’re getting six to 12 hits per day so things are improving.”

Huber was side drifting roe.

Reports of early fall chinook coming into the Klamath makes many river-anglers’ mouths water with an anticipated season unlike anything seen in decades on the Klamath.

Starting Aug. 15, anglers are allowed to catch four chinook salmon per day with a possession limit of eight chinooks.

 

Brookings-Harbor

The moon must not shine as bright in Brookings-Harbor area as “salmon fishing is still wide open over here,” said Jan Pearcey  of Tidewind Sportfishing.

Rockfish and lingcod are still really good, and Tidewind is keeping an eye on the currents of warm water for the right time to go tuna fishing.

“If anyone wants to go tuna fishing, we have a tuna list, and if conditions are right, we’ll give you a call,” Pearcey said.

 

Eureka ocean fishing

In his never-ending quest to find adjectives for this year’s unbelievable salmon season, Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sportfishing wrote a gem in a recent fishing report:

“My job was made easy again by salmon that have been absolutely suicidal,” Klassen wrote.

Eureka salmon fishing has been a little spotty as well, but Reel Steel continues to find them, most recently closer in to shore and a bit south. Its daily reports read more like a highlight reel with consistent limits on board usually by 9:30 a.m.

Klassen wanted to target albacore tuna when warm water was within 15 miles last week (usually it’s more like 40 miles out), but his clients craved salmon.

Fishing Guide Contacts: Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925; Steve Huber Guide Service at 530-623-1918; Tidewind Sportfishing at 541-469-0337.

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