King Salmon fishing slow on ocean near Crescent City; bottom fishing remains reliable

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate July 23, 2014 08:32 pm

Last week, Kelley Thurmond pulled in a 36½-pound lingcod topping the previous biggest lingcod by 3 pounds. Courtesy of Englund Marine
Last week, Kelley Thurmond pulled in a 36½-pound lingcod topping the previous biggest lingcod by 3 pounds. Courtesy of Englund Marine
Every year, Englund Marine Supply Co. in Crescent City Harbor bestows a rod-and-reel setup to the two anglers who catch the largest lingcod and the largest salmon of the season.

Just two days after the largest lingcod of the season was weighed in at Englund Marine, a 36½-pound ling was brought in by Kelley Thurmond, of Crescent City, on July 13.

The largest salmon caught so far weighed in at 30½ pounds gilled and gutted and was caught by Ted Lowe.

Crescent City ocean fishing

Ocean salmon fishing out of Crescent City has been pretty slow going, according to Keith Richcreek of Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service. There are lots of silver salmon, which cannot be retained, out there but hardly any king salmon to be seen.

Bottom fishing for rockfish and lingcod is almost always consistently good out of Crescent City and this week was no exception.

Capt. Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing took some clients out on Wednesday despite the rainy conditions and got rockfish limits for every one on board in less than two hours, as well as half-limits for lingcod.

Lower Klamath River

Ted Lowe currently holds the season-best salmon record after hauling in this salmon that weighted 30.5 pounds after being gilled and gutted, a requirement when weighing salmon for the contest.
Ted Lowe currently holds the season-best salmon record after hauling in this salmon that weighted 30.5 pounds after being gilled and gutted, a requirement when weighing salmon for the contest.

There have been a few reports of salmon being caught already at the mouth of the Klamath River, but it is still pretty early for the widely celebrated run of Klamath River fall chinook.

Eureka Ocean fishing

Ocean salmon fishing was pretty slow last week out of Eureka but Reel Steel Sportfishing reports that they were back on the bite this week, finding limits of salmon for clients with beautiful, flat-ocean conditions.

Fishing Contacts:

Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 464-1236 and tally-ho-sportfishing.com; Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 218-5573 and www.pwcofishingguide.com; Englund Marine Supply Co. at 707-464-3230; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925 and reelsteelsportfishing.com. 

 

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