It has been a slow week of fishing on the Wild Rivers Coast this week as high winds, particularly in the afternoon, have made getting out to sea difficult. Sportfishermen that have been able to get out are reporting catching lots of Coho salmon, along with smaller Chinook salmon to go along with a few Chinook large enough to keep.

Bottomfishing has remained strong for anyone willing to brave the wind, and it has been a fairly good week for crabbing as well.

The Rogue River has started to slow down as the water starts to warm, but a few fish have been caught in the Rogue Bay.

On the ocean

Ocean fishing has been difficult this week as high winds have been hitting the coast all week long, especially in the afternoon.

Some sportfishermen have been able to head out early enough in the morning to nab some fish before being chased back to shore by the wind however.

Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said sportfishermen have been catching lots of Coho salmon, known as silvers, out of Brookings. Silvers are currently off limits in Oregon, but hatchery Coho can be retained starting June 22. Martin said several of the silvers being caught are from the hatchery.

Martin said anglers are also catching Chinook salmon, but most of them are still under the 24-inch minimum length requirement to beretained.

Salmon fishermen in California have had a little bit more luck catching Chinook keepers, with the minimum size for retention on 22-inches. There are also reportedly lots of silvers being caught out of Crescent City as well, though Coho salmon cannot be retained at all in California.

Off the ocean

Although winds have made ocean fishing difficult by boat, that hasn’t stopped fishermen from heading to the beaches where the surf perch have been biting well on beaches throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon.

River fishing

After a couple straight weeks with decent catches, the Rogue River dropped off this week as water temperatures started to rise. The Rogue Bay may benefit, however, as salmon start to hold there to wait for cooler water. Martin said fishing is still slow, but a few salmon were hauled out of the bay one day early in the week.

It is still a little bit on the early side for steelhead fishing on the Klamath River, although a few anglers are starting to try their luck now that the river level is starting to drop for the summer. This time of year is normally prime salmon fishing on the Klamath River, but the fishery is closed this year until July 1 for spring run Klamath Chinook.

Fishing contacts: Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips at 464-8482; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988; Englund Marine Supply Company at 707-464-323.

Reach Michael Zogg at mzoggg@triplicate.com .

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