Fishing has remained fairly steady on the Wild Rivers Coast, with salmon, Pacific halibut and lots of bottomfish being hauled in throughout the week. Sportfishermen have also seen a steep increase in thresher sharks being caught from Crescent City all the way to Gold Beach.
River anglers are still catching some salmon on the Rogue River and the Klamath River as well. Anglers will need to start reporting their salmon catches on the Klamath River starting Wednesday when the rivers quotas go into effect.
It has been a fairly good week for anglers on local rivers. The Rogue Bay has reportedly been fishing pretty well throughout the week. Although there are lots of boats out in the bay, there seem to be plenty of salmon to go around.
Meanwhile, there are still salmon being caught on the Klamath River, but they have been joined by the steelhead run which has really started to pick up this week.
Fishing guide Mike Coopman said the salmon bite is still decent, but half pounders (juvenile steelhead) and adult steelhead have been biting particularly well. Coopman also said that the fish have started to move upstream, and anglers are having luck all throughout the river.
Regulations for the fall Chinook salmon run on the Klamath River will go into effect on Wednesday and remain in effect through the end of the year.
The daily bag limit is two Chinook with no more than one adult measuring greater than 22 inches. The possession limit is six Chinook with no more than three adults.
The quota for the Lower Klamath River, from the Highway 96 bridge to the mouth is 1,745 adult Chinook salmon this year.
A total of 523 adult Chinook salmon will be available from the U.S. 101 bridge to the mouth. The spit area (within 100 yards of the channel through the sand spit formed at the Mouth of the Klamath River) will be closed once 15 percent of the total quota for the Klamath River Basin has been caught. Once again this year, all adult Chinook salmon legally caught at the spit must be retained.
On the ocean
The biggest change on the ocean this week has come in the form of an increased in catches of thresher shark. Anglers started catching threshers incidentally while bottomfishing or targeting salmon, but they have started targeting the sharks specifically due to the strong bite.
Anglers have reported catching multiple sharks in a single trip from South Beach in Crescent City, up in Brookings, and off the coast of Gold Beach.
Meanwhile, the bottomfish bite has remained strong, and anglers are still catching a few salmon and Pacific halibut in the ocean.
California sportfishermen should be aware that the last of three scheduled in-season closures to the Pacific halibut fishery will go into effect starting on Thursday. The season will reopen in California on Sept.1 and will remain open until the end of October, or until the areas quota has been met.