Ocean fishing has been wide open with anglers continuing to haul in limits of bottomfish throughout the week. Sportfishermen have also had a lot of luck targeting Pacific halibut in Northern California since the season opened on Tuesday, and boats are also catching tuna out of both Brookings and Crescent City.
On the ocean
The ocean current was still drifting a little bit fast on Tuesday when the Pacific halibut season reopened in Northern California, but that didn’t stop anglers from catching a few. As the week has progressed, however, the current has died down and Pacific halibut fishermen have seen their hauls increase, with a peak of at least 14 halibut caught out of Crescent City on Thursday and at least six more on Friday.
Andy Martin, of Wild Rivers Fishing, said anglers out of Brookings have also been catching a few Pacific halibut throughout the week.
Meanwhile, other sportfishermen have stuck with bottomfishing throughout the week, where anglers are still having lots of luck catching lingcod and bottomfish.
Many anglers have been reporting catching quick, easy limits of lingcod this week, including some really nice sized fish. Bottomfishing has also remained strong with most anglers catching their limit of black snappers, along with a few other species of bottomfish like coopers and even some olive bottomfish.
Anglers on the Wild Rivers Coast have also had an opportunity to go out in search of Albacore tuna, which are reportedly now off the shore near the California-Oregon boarder. Martin said anglers have been catching tuna roughly 50 to 60 miles outside of Brookings, while Cpt. Keith Richcreek of Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service said anglers out of Crescent City have had to go roughly 55 to 70 miles off the coast.
With most ocean fish biting right now, anglers are expecting a solid weekend of fishing with prime ocean conditions in the forecast.
“It is definitley a weekend to get out there,” Martin said. “The tides are favorable, the weather is nice, and there are a lot of fish out there biting.”
Fishing on the Klamath River has slowed significantly this week.
A few steelhead have been caught side drifting throughout the week, along with a couple salmon hauled in from the estuary, but the fish have been hard to come by.
Salmon fishing will officially close on the Klamath River starting on Aug. 15, while steelhead fishing will remain open.
Fishing contacts: Englund Marine Supply Company at 464-3230; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988; Keith Richcreek of Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 218-5573.
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