Reel Deal: Still pulling in chinook salmon on the Klamath

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate September 11, 2012 03:48 pm

Jim Mitchell of Crescent City caught a 37-pound chinook on Thursday. Submitted by Jim Mitchell
Jim Mitchell of Crescent City caught a 37-pound chinook on Thursday. Submitted by Jim Mitchell
The Klamath River continues to produce a steady stream of chinook salmon, providing probably the best fishing opportunity for shore- and boat-based anglers in the region.

If ocean salmon is your preference, then there’s still two days left for Del Norte County, but the last day for ocean salmon fishing is Sunday, Sept. 9.

Lower Klamath River

The numbers of chinook salmon caught in the lower Klamath has been picking up, according to fishing guide Steve Huber.

 

The catch has been a 50/50 mix of jack and adult salmon with an occasional adult steelhead trout, said Huber, who has been primarily side drifting and boondogging roe. There is still a significant amount of half-pounder steelhead in the system, he said.

Crescent City ocean fishing

Today and Sunday are the last days for ocean salmon fishing north of Horse Mountain, and although chinook have been harder to find, one of the biggest of Crescent City’s season was just caught Thursday.

Jim Mitchell, of Crescent City, hauled in a 37-pound salmon (gilled and gutted) near the “sisters” south of the harbor. Mitchell was on board by himself and had to net the child-sized fish one-handed.

Mitchell’s monster is currently the winner of the largest fish contest at Englund Marine Supply, beating out the last title-holder by one pound. But, hey, there’s still time to beat him and take him the prize of a rod and reel.

The 300-plus-pound Mitchell asked his wife to stand in the picture with him so the fish didn’t look small in comparison.

Slam’n Salmon Ocean Derby

The Port of Brookings-Harbor was teeming with fishermen last weekend with 445 ocean anglers participating in the 2012 Slam’n Salmon Ocean Derby, pulling in a total of 594 salmon. More than 900 salmon barbecues were served on Sunday, according to event organizer Tawndy Davidson. 

The largest chinook of the weekend weighed in at 36.4 pounds and was caught by Becky Hannen of Oregon. For her catch, Hannen was awarded $5,000 and a gold ring made by Harbrook Jewelers in Oregon.

Fishing Guide Contacts: Englund Marine Supply at 707-464-3230; Steve Huber Guide Service at 530-623-1918; 

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