The Wild Rivers Coast has been treated to some prime weather over the Fourth of July holiday week, and sportfishermen are taking advantage with lots of bottomfish being hauled in and perhaps the best week of halibut fishing yet this season. Although winds are expected to pick up a little over the weekend, anglers will still likely be hauling in some catches.

On the ocean

Much of the Pacific halibut season in Northern California has been marred by big swells and winds, but weather was about as good as it has been when the halibut season reopened last Saturday and has only gotten better through the week.

With calm seas, anglers were finally able to get out far enough to target some halibut, with quite a few being hauled in through the last seven days. Capt. Keith Richcreek, of Pacific Ocean Fishing Guide Service, said it has definitely been the best week of the year so far for Pacific halibut.

Capt. Andy Martin, of Brookings Ocean Fishing Guide Service, said the Pacific halibut fishing out of Brookings has also started to pick up, with at least three being caught through the week.

Meanwhile, the lingcod fishing has picked up considerably over the week for bottomfishing anglers. Capt. Craig Strickhouser, of Tally Ho II Sportfishing, said his boat hauled in a total of 27 lings in just three trips this week.

Anglers have also been continuing to limit out on black snappers and padding their daily bag limit of rockfish with a few other species. Strickhouser said he caught a vermillion that weighed over 10 pounds while Capt. Jim Mitchell, of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips, reported finding about 15 canary rockfish while bottomfishing this week, though the daily bag limit for canaries is just one.

River fishing

Although the Klamath River is running a little higher than it normally does this time of year thanks to increased flows from the Trinity River, anglers have started to see an uptick in catches this week, with several salmon being caught on the river. Martin said this week fishermen have also started to catch some of the first summer steelhead of the year on the Klamath River.

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