Ocean conditions throughout the week have largely limited anglers out of Crescent City and Brookings to focusing on bottomfishing. Although not much Pacific halibut action has been reported since the season opened on Sept. 1, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced halibut fishing will close on the Northern California Coast at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
Meanwhile, salmon fishing on the Smith and Chetco Rivers is still reportedly slow, but could start to pick up steam at any time.
On the ocean
For the last week, anglers best bet to catch fish on the ocean has been bottomfishing. Capt. Craig Strickhouser said the Tally Ho II Sportfishing was able to get out on Wednesday and Friday, catching limits of black rockfish each day, to go along with a few nice lingcod.
Although still catching bottomfish, Strickhouser said there is a stronger than normal current heading south that is making fishing a little more difficult than usual.
Although anglers have been catching albacore tuna off the coast of Crescent City and Brookings, the weather this week has made it hard to get out far enough to target the fish.
Pacific halibut fishermen have run into similar issues this week, struggling to get out far enough to target the big fish due to the weather. Although it has been slow going out of Crescent City, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has projected the Northern California quota of 34,580 pounds, which Del Norte shares with Humboldt County, will be met by the end of the day on Sunday, and fishing will be closed starting at the beginning of the day Monday.
Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said fishing on the Rogue Bay has continued to be strong throughout the week, and is still producing fish later than usual.
Martin himself has been in Coos Bay, where fishing is still slow, but anglers are catching a few fish per boat.
It is still a little on the early side for anglers targeting salmon on the Smith and Chetco rivers, and reports from the river have been slow so far.
A few jacks are reportedly being caught near the mouth of the Smith River, however, and anglers are hopeful the fishing will only improve on local rivers in the coming weeks.