Reel Deal: Commotion in the ocean

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate July 26, 2013 04:32 pm

LEFT TO RIGHT: Todd Cogdill, Ryan Cogdill and Amanda Cogdill, former Del Norte residents currently living in Fresno, caught some great grade salmon out of Crescent City fishing with local river guide Jim Mitchell.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Todd Cogdill, Ryan Cogdill and Amanda Cogdill, former Del Norte residents currently living in Fresno, caught some great grade salmon out of Crescent City fishing with local river guide Jim Mitchell. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell
This summer’s sizzling salmon season on the ocean continues, and bottom fishing seems to get better everyday. Even the salmon bite on the Klamath River is promising, although trolling for salmon in the Rogue River estuary slowed down slightly.

Crescent City ocean

Salmon seem to be spread out from the ‘Sisters’ to St. George Reef, some days requiring a bit of searching for birds — the telltale sign of baitfish and salmon, but anglers are bringing in salmon nearly everyday.

A few Pacific halibut, including a 70-pounder were brought into Crescent City Harbor this week by some of the few anglers not targeting salmon, according to staff at Englund Marine Supply.

Capt. Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing said that although the lingcod have been biting great for months, his clients’ crew had a great day this week with 15 lingcod caught, including two 25-pounders. Rockfish also started to show up in higher numbers this week, especially blacks, Strickhouser said.

The best bottom fishing is during incoming tide, Strickhouser said.

Brookings-Harbor

It’s a “wide-open” bite for salmon out of Port of Brookings-Harbor, according to Scott Stewart of Ultimate Catch Charter and the Chetco Outdoor Store, with plenty of anglers returning to port by 8 a.m. with limits.

Many salmon are milling by the buoys straight out from the harbor.  There are a few hatchery coho salmon in the mix, which can be kept in Oregon, but most are chinook salmon ranging from 15 to 35 pounds.  There was reports of a 38-pounder caught, Stewart said.

Bottom fishing is also looking good out of Brookings, with Stewart reporting his trip on Sunday where they caught 40 black rockfish and nine lingcods.

Eureka ocean

You know salmon fishing is amazing when a charter operation that fishes as much as Reel Steel Sportfishing in Eureka says “WOW!! Today was some of the best salmon fishing that I have seen in my life,” as Capt. Tim Klassen wrote in his report about Tuesday’s catch.

Klassen said he took two separate groups out and back by noon, bagging limits of salmon for everyone.

“We seldom went five minutes without hooking a fish, and all of the fish we kept were a nice grade,” Klassen wrote in his report. 

Lower Klamath R.

There are many salmon coming in and out of the mouth at the Klamath River, creating good fishing opportunities for shore-based anglers although not as good as last week, according to staff at Englund Marine Supply. 

After a hot week of summer steelhead action on the lower Klamath, the bite has apparently dropped off, according to Englund Marine.

“Redtails are going ape,” said Aaron Funk, owner of Kamp Klamath RV Park and Campground. The redtail surfperch fishing is best during incoming tide using shrimp and sometimes tan crabs. 

Lower Rogue River

Trolling for salmon out of Gold Beach in the Rogue River estuary has really dropped off after positive reports last week.

Fishing contacts: Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Englund Marine Supply at 707- 464-3230; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541- 469-9151; Ultimate Catch Charter at 541-813-0330; Kamp Klamath RV Park and Campground at 707-482-0227 and Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.

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