It has been a great week of fishing for anglers all along the coast. The ocean was about as flat as it gets for most of past week, and anglers were able to take advantage targeting anything from lingcod, which have moved in close to the rocks to spawn, Pacific halibut out in about 200 feet of water, or even tuna, which are swimming 30–55 miles off the California coast.
A few lucky anglers were even able to nab some salmon on the Klamath River, though fishing has been slowing recently, and has been relatively unpredictable.
Starting on Tuesday, Pacific halibut in Northern California, and Klamath salmon will both be off limits.
Anglers have been hauling in lots of fish throughout the week. Bottomfishing is almost always strong whenever the ocean cooperates, but fishing was particularly good for lingcod, according to Capt. Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing. Strickhouser said the hens are starting to come in close to the rocks to spawn, and anglers are getting lots of lings of pretty good size, along with a healthy assortment of bottomfish, especially black snappers.
Farther out to sea, anglers have had another great week hauling in Pacific halibut out of Crescent City. Anglers will have through Monday to target more Pacific halibut before the season closes south of the Oregon border on Aug. 15. The season will reopen on Sept. 15 and remain open through the end of October or until the quota of 34,580 pounds is met. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has estimated a total of 18,378 pounds caught as of Friday.
Andy Martin, of Wild Rivers Fishing, has been heading a little farther north to the Rogue River estuary, where he said there are lots of anglers targeting salmon, but most guides are still able to catch their limits.
Salmon fishing on the Klamath River was slow again this week, though there were a few fish caught on Thursday near the mouth. Anglers will have until Monday to fish for salmon on the Klamath before the salmon closure officially goes into effect on Tuesday.
Steelhead fishing has also been a little slow through the week on the Klamath River, but anglers will still be able to target steelhead after Monday as the salmon closure doesn’t affect steelhead fishing.
Fishing contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 707-464-1236 and tally-ho-sportfishing.com; Englund Marine Supply Company at 464-3230; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988.
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