Winds picked up once again this week, making ocean fishing difficult, but anglers have still been able to catch fish through the week, especially in the Rogue Bay and the Klamath River, where the salmon bite has been pretty good.
The salmon bite on the Rogue Bay has been fairly strong and consistent throughout the week. Despite lots of boats in the bay trolling for salmon, there seem to be enough to go around, with most boats seeming to have some luck, though salmon limits have been a little harder to come by.
“The fishing seems to be picking up a little here and there, it has been pretty consistent,” said Joe Martin of Rogue Coast Sport Fishing. “There are quite a few (fishermen) around, but that is normal for us.”
Although the Rogue Bay is protected and safe to fish in windy conditions, Martin said high winds do make salmon fishing more difficult, especially when the boat gets turned into the wind. Anglers have still been able to haul in salmon despite the wind, however.
Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said anglers seem to be having better luck with anchovies this week, which have been outperforming spinners.
Andy Martin said he expects salmon fishing in the bay to remain strong through this week with an incoming tide in the morning providing ideal conditions.
Meanwhile, the Klamath River has also been producing fish every day this week.
Mike Coopman of Mike Coopman’s Fishing Guide Service said he went out on the river every day this week with varying results. Coopman said Wednesday was a banner day for his boat, but he wasn’t able to reel in a salmon on Thursday as of 5 p.m.
“There are some fish around down here; it kind of depends on the day,” said Coopman. “There are some fish being caught (Thursday) it just so happens that we are not one of the boats that it is working for right at the moment.”
Coopman said the river has been busy with fishermen, but not particularly crowded throughout the week despite all the fishermen focusing on the lower part of the river.
“There are a few people around, but it is not what I would call overly crowded,” Coopman said. “It is mainly an anchovy bite. It sounds like the fish just aren’t going upriver yet — the water is too hot.”
On the ocean
With windy conditions, ocean salmon and Pacific halibut fishing seems to be on the backburner for most sportfishermen, but anglers who prefer ocean fishing have still been having luck targeting bottomfish.
Capt. David Castellanos, of Brookings River & Ocean Fishing, said he was able to avoid the worst of the wind throughout the week by staying inside the bay. Though he wasn’t able to get out far, he said he was able to catch limits of bottomfish most days, along with some good-sized lingcod.
Down in California Pacific halibut fishing is still off limits, currently in the second of three planned in-season closures to the fishery. Anglers south of the border will be allowed to target the big halibut once again starting on Wednesday before the last in-season closure goes into effect on Aug. 15.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, July was a particularly productive month for halibut fishermen, who hauled in a projected total of 5,210 pounds of the fish during the 15-day opening in July.
In Brookings, the Pacific halibut remains open with no closures until Oct. 1 or until the southern Oregon subarea’s quota of 8,982 pounds has been caught. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, only 1,263 pounds of Pacific halibut have been caught through July 15, leaving about 86 percent of the quota still available.
Fishing contacts: Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips at 464-8482; Joe Martin of Rogue Coast Sport Fishing at 541-425-7210; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988; Dave Castellanos of Brookings River & Ocean Fishing at 541-698-7029; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151; Englund Marine Supply Company at 464-32306.
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