Sportfishermen on the Wild Rivers Coast have had a productive week on the ocean. Bottomfishing has been strong on both sides of the California-Oregon border, with a particularly robust rockfish-bite.
Up in Oregon anglers have also been catching a fair amount of salmon, especially later in the week including some Chinook keepers, and hatchery coho salmon which are now allowed to be retained in Oregon.
Coho salmon are off limits in California, and although there have been some Chinook salmon caught the best fishing seems to be for Pacific halibut, which exploded early in the week with some nice sized fish.
On the ocean
The best fishing in the area has been on the ocean, where anglers in Brookings and Crescent City have been able to catch easy limits of rockfish. Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said the lingcod bite has been a little bit slow in Brookings, but there are still some being caught.
Meanwhile, anglers in Oregon have been targeting salmon, especially late in the week as good weather moved in. Starting on Saturday, anglers have been allowed to retain hatchery coho in Oregon and Martin said anglers have been finding both Chinook and coho relatively easily, although not all anglers are able to haul in a keeper.
Out of Crescent City the salmon fishery has remained a little on the slow side. Anglers have reported catching a few kings later in the week but most of the action came from Pacific halibut, especially early in the week when lots of the fish were brought back to shore.
According to the forecast, the weekend should provide prime conditions for ocean fishing.
Fishing in the Rogue Bay saw a slight uptick this week, though the catch is still hit or miss. Martin said the water in the Bay is still a little bit on the cool side but it is still a little early in the season, so the increase in catches is a good sign moving forward.
The Klamath River is finally set to open up on Monday for Chinook salmon fishing after an unprecedented closure to the fishery to start the season. Because the partial closure to the spring salmon run has never been in effect before, it is hard to say how the fishing will be when the river opens up.
Martin said in most years the salmon fishing slows down a little this time of year on the Klamath, and starts picking back up towards the end of the month. Since the river has been closed, however, he said he expects that there will be lots of anglers fishing near the month on Monday.
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