Early in the week anglers were having lots of luck on the ocean with pleantiful bottomfishing to go along with a few Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon hauled in on both sides of the California-Oregon border. But as the winds started to pick up later in the week catches have been more difficult to come by.
Meanwhile, the Rogue Bay has been pretty quiet this week after a couple salmon were hauled in, in one day the previous week.
Until the wind dies down sportfishermens best bet to land a fish is probably surf perch fishing from the beach.
On the ocean
This time of year there are lots of fishing options for anglers on the ocean, and all of the fisheries were producing at least a few catches this week before the wind picked up.
Anglers targeting ocean salmon are still catching a lot more fish than they can keep with lots of shakers (salmon smaller than the minimum length requirement) and silvers. Still, there have been reports of at least a few Chinook large enough to keep hauled in out of both Brookings and Crescent City.
Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said there were a few Chinook caught about five miles out from Brookings when he went out this week, but the best fishing was about 10 miles out, roughly 50 feet below the surface.
Coho, or silvers, have been much easier to come by on the Wild Rivers Coast, but they are still off limits on both sides of the border. Coho salmon are off limits all year in California, but the season will open up to sportfishermen in Oregon starting on June 22.
Martin said if conditions persist until next Saturday, anglers should have no problem catching limits of Coho when the season opens.
Martin also said the Chinook salmon has remained strong out of Eureka, which has been catching lots of salmon since the season opened. Martin said the Chinook fishing also started to pick up out of Trinidad this week, which he said will likely lead to increased salmon numbers in Crescent City soon.
The Pacific halibut bite has also been fair this week with a few hauled in out of both Brookings and Crescent City throughout the week. To the south the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has projected 348 pounds of Pacific halibut have been hauled in, bringing the season total in California to 5,104. That leaves roughly 83 percent of the quota available. In Brookings the Pacific halibut quota is rarely reached. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has reported a total of 585 pounds of the Southern Oregon
Coast’s sub-quota landed as of June 9. That still leaves 10,737 pounds remaining, or about 95 percent of the quota.
Of course the most consistent ocean fishing in the area has been bottomfishing with lots of lingcod and rockfish being hauled in whenever the weather cooperates.
Unfortunately, the winds that chased anglers off the ocean later in the week are predicted to stick around until at least mid-week next week. So it will likely be a few days before the ocean calms back down for fishermen.
When the wind picks up enough to keep boats off the water, anglers may choose to head to the beach to target surf perch, which is also producing well in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Although there were signs that the Rogue Bay may start producing salmon last week, the fishing has remained slow to nonexistent this week. Martin said although the weather is hot inland, releases from dams on the river are keeping the water on the cool side.
Fishing contacts: Englund Marine Supply Company at 707-464-323; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988.