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Salmon fishing improves on some parts of Sacramento River

Shawn Gallagher of Costa Mesa displays a salmon he caught on the Sacramento River near Los Molinos on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
Shawn Gallagher of Costa Mesa displays a salmon he caught on the Sacramento River near Los Molinos on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of Sept. 8, 2015.


SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff – Guides are averaging a fish per rod between Anderson and Red Bluff. Plugs are working best at first light, followed by roe once the sun hits the water. Big schools of fresh salmon were reported last week. Trout fishing is excellent from Redding to Red Bluff.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa – Salmon fishing is fair to good, as fresh fish continue to move toward Red Bluff. A few steelhead are being caught by anglers dragging bait.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Knight’s Landing to Colusa – Catfishing remains very good from bank and boat. Pile worms and nightcrawlers are working well. Salmon are moving through the river, but not biting well in the warm water. Anchoring and running small plugs, such as M2 FlatFish or K14 Kwikfish are working best.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento – Stripers are being caught in the deepwater channel at the Port of Sacramento.


SACRAMENTO RIVER – Salmon fishing is starting to improve with increased counts at both ends of the Delta. The Labor Day weekend brought out huge crowds of fishermen to the Delta in search of striped bass, salmon, or largemouth bass. Stripers to 21 pounds have been caught and released on deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows from Decker Island to Sherman Island. Spooning in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel is producing a staggering number of undersized stripers along with legal fish to 5 pounds. The wind has limited the number of sturgeon fishermen out on the main river. Smallmouth bass are still in the upper river along the rocky structure, and live crawdads or wacky-rigged Senkos are effective.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER – The fall striped bass run is building, and the best action remains at the west end of the San Joaquin River with live bait or large plugs on the troll. Rat-L-Traps have also been a good option, particularly near the mouth of Dutch Slough. The striped bass range from numerous shakers to 5 pounds, and fresh or frozen shad on the anchor is another productive technique. Largemouth bass action continued to be solid with topwater lures, buzzbaits, or ripbaits on the reaction side along with working the bottom with Chigger Craws or Bottom Hoppers. Bluegill are abundant throughout the south Delta on wax or jumbo red worms. Fresh and frozen shad is now available in bait shops.

LAKE TAHOE—Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported his clients were catching limits of macks to 10 pounds trolling 140 to 220 feet deep from Tahoe City to Crystal Bay Point. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing said there was a fantastic mack bite in the early morning at South Shore for mostly 4- to 6-pound lakers with some fish running 8 to 11 pounds taken trolling Laxee spoons. Kokanee were hitting Bomber Slab spoons and Crippled Herring at 75 to 100 feet deep at Camp Richardson. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported fast kokanee limits in the early morning trolling flasher/Wedding Rings at 80 to 90 feet deep from the Keys to Camp Richardson. The mack trolling was slower with only a fish or two running 3 to 5 pounds caught trolling dodger/minnows at 150 feet deep under the kokanee.


North Coast Rivers

North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low-flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFG’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa.

COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Ore. – The first half of last week had most anglers tickled to be on the Coos River fishing for salmon. “Many boats were catching 8 to 9 Chinooks and losing a few to boot,” said WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Tackle Company. “By the weekend, some boats were not catching anything and finding it difficult to even get bit. Most the fish have been weighing around 15 pounds.”

COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Ore.-- Last week the Coquille River was a good place to spend the day fishing for king salmon and boat traffic was minimal. “Reports early in week said that 2 to 4 large kings were coming into the cleaning station per boat,” said Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Tackle Company. “By the weekend, the salmon size changed drastically to a 12-pound or two-year-old sized fish instead of the larger 3- to 4-year-old salmon we are used to on this river. My boat hooked up 5 king salmon on Sunday and 4 coho with 3 of us fishing. We were the exception for the day. Most anglers had a much slower time on the water.”

ROGUE RIVER, GOLD BEACH, Ore. – River guide Capt. Bill Divens of in Gold Beach said that fishing in the Rogue River Bay has been good over the past month and that continued last week, but he expects the fish now holding in the Bay will head upriver with the expected cool-down of river flows going on now. Timing is everything here, he said, and they had a great bite between 7 and 9 a.m. one day last week and hooked 4 good salmon and got to the net by 9, but then trolled for 7 hours for 1 jack. The day before the bite was early and late. Flows from Lost Creek Reservoir dropped from 2000 cfs to 1000 cfs on Sept. 7, and that will warm the water up again, and salmon will begin holding in the Bay again.

ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass – Salmon fishing has been good lately, and the river level is dropping, expected to be at 900 cfs by Sept. 15. Anglers are scoring on Kwikfish wrapped with sardine, or back-bounced roe. Spoons are also working well, such SST, Brad’s and others. Bank anglers are using Corkies with a short leader, less than 6 feet, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grant’s Pass. Steelhead fishing is also good now on halfpounders and a few large ones, like 10 or 12 pounds. Bass fishing continues pretty good at Lake Selmac, with topwater action in the mornings and evening. Mid-day action is best on plastics like Senkos. Applegate Lake is picking up on trout, with a recent DFG brook stock including fish over 12 inches in length taken on trolled Wedding Rings.

UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Ore. – “Fishing took a huge turn, from boasting about catches early in the week to napping on the water by the Derby Weekend,” said Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Tackle Company. “With so many Chinook piled up on the Umpqua River, I have to wonder if the small tide changes with warmer water had an effect on the bite. Perhaps the salmon finally had enough of all the hardware flying by them due to the constant boat traffic over the last couple weeks. I am sure whatever caused the lack of fish being caught will turn around this next week.”

Trinity/Klamath Rivers

KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate – No salmon have been reported yet at Iron Gate Dam, where pressure remains light. A few steelhead are being caught on plugs between the hatchery and I-5. The first salmon should arrive between Sept. 15 and 20. Flows out of Iron Gate Dam were 1,040 cfs on Sunday.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp – The first king salmon of the year, along with improved numbers of steelhead, are expected to arrive this week. Flows at Seiad Valley were 1,110 cfson Sunday.

KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen – Salmon fishing was slow last week, due in part to rough ocean conditions at the mouth. Guides are reporting one to three adult kings per boat while side-drifting eggs. No tribal nets on the river Wednesdays and Thursdays make fishing a pleasure on those days. Flows Sunday at Terwer were 2,930 cfs. The Blue Creek section is closed until Sept. 14.

TRINITY RIVER – Salmon fishing improved last week, with a mix of darker springers and new fall fish. With higher water, plugs are out-producing roe. Fresh steelhead arrived last week. Flows at Lewiston Dam were 1,110 cfs Sunday and will remain at that level through Sept. 20.

North Coast lakes

CLEAR LAKE--Strong winds for a few days dirtied up the water, plus tourney season has started so the bite will toughen up while the fish adjust. With darker water, use black and blue combination jigs and darker colored crankbaits.

LAKE BERRYESSA—The Markley Cove, Steel Bridge and Putah Creek ramps are still open. Kokes are still in really good shape. Fish were caught on structure and in suspended water. Troll RMT (Rocky Mountain Tackle) 5 1/2-inch dodgers coupled with Apex spoons, Radical Glow spinners or Uncle Larry’s spinners tipped with corn from 80 to 100 feet. Largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass have been pushing balls of shad around and gorging in them so use shad patterns.

Northeastern Lakes

LAKE ALMANOR—Bass are back on the bite. Use topwater early and late and plastic worms or grubs midday. Fish the flats in 6 to 12 feet and just keep moving until you hit a good spot. Dodger/nightcrawler combos and flashers trailing a smelt scent are picking up rainbows and browns from 12-inch planters to 4 pounds but there were still no salmon.

BAUM LAKE—Check DFW’s website for trout plant dates by the boat ramp. Go early if you want to use dry flies, although some days have been more productive than others. Generally the bite is best from the early morning until midday. This lake will fish well at least until October and a great place particularly if you have a float tube, pontoon boat, pram or even a driftboat.

EAGLE LAKE—The bite has been hit or miss as the lake and fish transition. Some days it was all about the flies, others were better with bobbers or trolling. Once things level out it should be good until the end of the season.

FALL RIVER—Trout fishing has been good for some and not so good for others. Consider hiring a local guide, as their knowledge will pay off. A popular technique here is using black or olive colored leeches on a sinking line. Wild rainbow trout here range from 10 to 14 inches, but there are also trout over 20 inches caught regularly. Water conditions have been great.

UPPER HAT CREEK—There are lots of planted fish in this area and most fish average in the 12-inch range. Spinners are a good bet on this part of the creek. The flat waters below the Power House No. 2 riffle has been producing some fish, but overall the fishing has been fair to good. Fish early before the sun gets high in the sky and then right at sunset. The weather has been good and so have water conditions.

MANZANITA LAKE—You can fish from a float tube, pontoon boat or even a driftboat or raft, but no motors. Check the regulations for where you can fish and what you can use on this catch-and-release only lake. The fishing here has been fair for some and good for others. Callibaetis are coming off daily. The crowds and kayaks are thinning out so it’s a good time to consider this lake.

McCLOUD RIVER—The fishing here has been good for some and fair for others. There can be muddy conditions from the rain in some areas. But the crowds are light and the fish biting.

MCCLOUD RESERVOIR—The reservoir can be off-colored due to glacier melt but there is no fishing pressure here. Catch brown trout on a downrigger in the 20- to 40-foot depth range. Trolling slowly is an effective method and often provides constant action all day for all three species of trout. The fishing has been very good here and the ramp is in good shape. Now is the time to fish as fall sets in.

PIT RIVER—The rainbows here will eat all day and can be found holding in both fast and slow water so move around. They hold close to the bottom of the river among the boulders and rocks so fish the pockets and the runs.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir – The city of Dunsmuir has stocked hundreds of 14- to 22-inch rainbows. Trout fishing is very good from Dunsmuir to Shasta Lake, where numerous hatches have sparked good nymph and dry fly action. Gear anglers also are catching fish.

SHASTA LAKE—Trout and bass are starting to head to the shallows. Fish early and late for bass and avoid the heat of the day using reaction baits such as spinnerbaits and bladebaits and look for bait on the surface. With bait at 20 to 40 feet trout will move up to 40 to 50 feet as the bait moves up.

WHISKEYTOWN RESERVOIR—It was windy so anglers took to the more protected areas. The Whiskey Creek arm had kokes but only from 11 to 13 inches and smaller than a few weeks ago. You’ll have to work hard for your fish here right now.


LAKE AMADOR – Catfish are the top species although largemouth bass to 7 pounds have been caught and released within the past week. Trout plants will occur during the month of October, and the concessionaires will be purchasing their rainbows from the Mount Lassen Hatchery with the drought continuing to affect their local hatchery on site. Fishing fees have been dropped to $5.00 for the summer, but the use fee remains at $10.00 with a launch fee at $5.00. The lake is 36 feet from spilling, and the launch ramp is still open.

LAKE CAMANCHE – Large catfish to 13.35 pounds were taken in the main lake this week on anchovies from the shoreline, and the whiskerfish are the best thing going at the lake. Trout plants will resume within the month of October or November depending upon the water temperature, and the Mount Lassen Hatchery will be providing the quality rainbows. Both launch ramps are open as the construction on the low water ramp at the South Shore has been completed. Ponds have emerged along both the North and South Shores in response to the lake’s recession, and the ponds are loaded with catfish, crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass; however, few fishermen are taking the long walk to the ponds.

DON PEDRO – Launching a boat is certainly doable, but there is a slight curve on the left on the way to the water. Few boats are launching into the lake, but there are late season kokanee to be had with hoochies at depths from 90 to 110 feet from Middle Bay to the Graveyard. Heavy spoons are working for rainbow trout higher in the water column, and the fish will continue to move up as the evening temperatures cool. There is a small window for largemouth and spotted bass in the mornings and evenings with topwater lures before switching over to plastics on the bottom.

LAKE MCCLURE– Few fishermen are heading to the lake with the low water conditions, but there are spotted bass or catfish for the taking with live crawdads or plastic worms for those willing to make the long walk to the lake. The Merced River is now closed to fishing until January 1 between the Crocker-Huffman Bridge to G Street in Snelling due to warm water conditions.

LAKE MCSWAIN– A few holdover rainbows have been taken from the banks in the early mornings before the sun hits the water. Spotted bass have moved into the lake from water releases from upstream McClure. The McSwain Marina is now closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

NEW MELONES– Catfish over 10 pounds have been landed within the past week, and the whiskerfish continue to provide the top action in the lake for shoreline anglers soaking frozen baits such as shad, anchovies, sardines, or mackerel. Quality crappie can be taken, but the numbers are low. Fishing at night under lights with live minnows is the best bet. Trout fishing remains very slow, and kokanee fishing is all but dead. The bass are suspended at various depths depending upon the locations of the shad schools. Huge masses of very small bass are targeting the one-inch shad in the main lake. The launch ramp is limited to the dirt ramp at Glory Hole Point, and a 4WD tow vehicle in essential.

NEW HOGAN--The lake has dropped to the point where the courtesy dock is now unavailable. Few fishermen are willing to launch their boats given the conditions to chase the abundant supply of small striped bass.

PINECREST RESERVOIR – One more trout plant is expected in the coming weeks, and there are still plenty of holdover rainbows in the lake. Drifting nightcrawlers or trout dough bait in chartreuse at depths from 30 to 50 feet near the dam continued to produce holdover and catchable rainbows. The lake level remains high.

LAKE PARDEE– The lake has closed due to a major reconstruction of the RV Park over the remainder of the summer, and it will reopen in February 2016 with heavy trout plants anticipated for the opener.

LAKE TULLOCH– Night fishing for bass is the only game in the afterbay for New Melones, with heavy recreational boating during the daylight hours. The drawdown of the nearly filled lake is expected to start right after the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Sierra Lakes and Rivers

BOCA LAKE—The lake is at 9.7-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports still recommended wading out to the channel edge near the inlet and casting into deeper water for a chance at rainbows, browns, and the occasional mack in the early morning. Dropping a kayak or canoe in the water and drifting the channel was another option as the lake level continues to drop.

CAPLES LAKE—The lake is at 73.7-percent capacity. Since the EID/KMPUD plant, fishing has been good for rainbows to 6 pounds according to Drew Meteer at Caples Lake Resort. The 6 pounder was caught at the dam, and the Spillway was kicking out 2 to 3 pounders. Resort guests in rental boats were picking up 5 or 6 rainbows to 2 1/2 pounds on flasher/worms.

CARSON RIVER (East, West)—The East Carson was the site of a “fish frenzy” over the Labor Day weekend, according to Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge. Everyone caught limits on whatever they chose to use—bait, spinners, and flies. Alpine County will stock the river at least one more time this season, and maybe twice.

DAVIS LAKE—The lake is at 47-percent capacity. With colder nights and dropping water temps, fishing slowly improved this past week. Shore anglers were picking up a few rainbows at Mallard Point and Eagle Point. Trollers were catching a fish or two on Dick Nite spoons at 12 feet deep near Honker Cove. With only 2 feet of water on the Honker Cove boat ramp, launching was difficult for all but small boats—watch out for a sand bar and a boulder off the end of the ramp.

DONNER LAKE—The lake is at 62-percent capacity. Experienced trollers were catching 10- to 12-inch kokanee between China Cove and Loch Leven at 80 feet deep. Roving schools of rainbows were hitting for anglers in the right place at the right time along the north side docks, the west end beach, and boat ramp dock. The best fishing has been in the early morning or late evening

FEATHER RIVER CANYON—Flows were higher than expected with PG&E releasing water from Lake Almanor and Butt Valley Lake. Fishing was slow at best on the North Fork according to Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort.

FRENCHMAN LAKE—The lake is at 24-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported fishing was very slow with the lake so low and warm. The only reports of success were at the dam at the deepest water left in the lake.

GOLD LAKES BASIN—Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported good fishing at Packer Lake and Lower Sardine Lake.

ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 72-percent capacity. Trollers were still picking up planter rainbows on dodger/worms at 10 to 40 feet deep, according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service. As the colder nights drop the water temp, the fall feeding frenzy will kick in.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR—Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported few anglers were bothering with this lake with fishing so good in the East Carson.

JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR—The lake is at 53.6-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported a slow but steady bite for rainbows. Rainbows to 16 1/2 inches were hitting a dodger/nightcrawler trolled 0.8 to 1.2 mph at 45 feet deep. The Pass Creek boat ramp was still good for launching.

JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)—The lake is at 71-percent capacity. Sly Park Resort reported fishing for trout and smallmouth bass was decent from the shore and boat at the Narrows.

LOON LAKE—The lake is at 48-percent capacity. Shore fishing was still slow, according to Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service. Boat launching was restricted to small aluminum boats due to the poor condition of the lower part of the ramp.

PROSSER LAKE—The lake is at 25.2-percent capacity. Smallmouth bass fishing was still the best bet, especially in the early morning or late evening. Fishing the Prosser Creek inlet area in the early morning could produce the occasional rainbow and this bite will improve as the colder nights cool the water.

RED LAKE—Fishing should be improving as the water temp drops with freezing temps at night.

SILVER LAKE—The lake is at 68-percent capacity. EID/KMPUD stocked 3-pound average rainbows and catchables here as mitigation for their FERC permit. Look for improved action here near the boat ramp and dam as the colder nights cool the water.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 14-percent capacity. Very little fishing pressure here with the lake so low.

TOPAZ LAKE—The Douglas County Park reported launching was best off the shore at the “primitive area”. Experienced local anglers were picking up a few rainbows off the shore, but otherwise fishing was slow.

TRUCKEE RIVER— Nothing has changed here--Mountain Hardware and Sports reported the river flows were way too low and much too warm to support any ethical fishing, so leave this precious resource alone!!

UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR—The lake is at 60-percent capacity. Ken Mathis at Ken’s Custom Tackle and Guide Service reported fishing here was slow for kokanee and macks.

WEST WALKER RIVER—The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon were stocked by the DFW this past week. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel reported flows were getting low, but there were still good pools and deep channels holding lots of fish in the Canyon. There was very little fishing pressure over the holiday weekend.

Sacramento Valley

AMERICAN RIVER – Salmon fishing remains slow. Steelhead are present throughout the American, and are biting worms, roe and Glo-Bugs drifted through the riffles.

FEATHER RIVER – Fishing for salmon and stripers has been slow. A few kings are quickly moving toward the Outlet, which has been the best bet.

FOLSOM LAKE – The Brown’s Ravine boat launch is now closed, leaving Granite Bay as the only option for launching boats. Panfish are biting well near the dam. Bass fishing has been good with drop-shot rigs.

RANCHO SECO LAKE – Bass and trout fishing is slow.

Northern Foothills

AMERICAN RIVER— According to the Georgetown Ranger Station, the river was low and clear with heavy recreational traffic at the Hwy 49 confluence. The best bet for fishermen was to hike to the remote sections of the North Fork above Foresthill and try for rainbows in the deeper pools.

BULLARDS BAR—The lake is at 45-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported kokanee were still hitting at the dam. Lots of small spotted bass were hitting drop-shot worms on steeper points. Boaters were still launching on the one-lane ramp at Dark Day.

CAMP FAR WEST—North Shore Resort reported that Mick Marco of Lincoln caught 14 bass and a catfish this past week on the south side cove using a Rat-L-Trap.

COLLINS LAKE—The lake is 54 feet from full. Lincoln Young at Collins Lake Resort reported catfish to 5 pounds were coming in from the dam, Elmer’s Cove and the Bridge for anglers using nightcrawlers, anchovies and sardines. Boaters were still launching at the auxiliary ramp at the dam.

ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR—The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Resort reported fishing was slow this past week with little boat traffic.

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR—The lake is at 32-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported small boats could still launch at their own risk on the dirt below the French Meadows ramp—4-wheel drive was strongly recommended!! Fishing was slow.

HELL HOLE RESERVOIR—The lake is at 31-percent capacity. Fishing pressure was very low this past week with the lake level continuing to drop and the campgrounds lightly occupied, according to the Georgetown Ranger Station.

LAKE OROVILLE—The lake is at 30-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was still “really, really good” with clients catching 40 to 50 fish on half-day trips and 75 to 90 bass on full-day trips. Fish were still on steep rocky banks and points hitting drop-shot and darthead worms and tubes at 5 to 20 feet deep. The fish measured from 12 inches to 2 pounds and were all great fighters. Boaters were still launching at the gravel ramp at the Spillway with 4-wheel drive only, and at the dirt ramp at Bidwell Marina where 2-wheel drive was okay, but 4-wheel drive recommended.

ROLLINS LAKE—The lake is at 93.6-percent capacity. Clyde Crow at NID reported bass were hitting topwater, Senkos, and flukes in the early morning at the inlet area reef. Later in the day, drop-shot worms worked best.

SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE—The lake is at 42.4-percent capacity. The smallmouth and spotted bass bite was good in the early morning using drop-shot worms and 3-inch wacky Senkos.

SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR— The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the lake was low and fishing was slow.

STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR—The lake is at 43-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported fishing was slow with the low lake level and warm water temps. Campground usage has been very light this season with only 22 people registered since the camp opened in July.

THERMOLITO AFTERBAY—The lake was at 134.7-foot elevation at press time—86.8-percent capacity. Steelhead were hitting drifted nightcrawlers in the canal at Wilbur Road. Bass fishing was good in the early morning using topwater and jigs on the rocky banks. Pitching Senkos to the edges of the grass beds was producing also. In the evenings, crankbaits and swimbaits were working on the rocky banks.

North Saltwater

BERKELEY—California Dawn put her passengers on rockfish and lingcod along the Marin Coast. Happy Hooker also worked up the coast and racked up good scores, with newby anglers catching the two biggest fish. Berkeley Charter Boats vessels spent the week focusing solely on salmon with counts ranging from a fish per rod to limits from Duxbury, the Channel, Muir Beach and North Bar.

BODEGA BAY/LAWSON’S LANDING—There were salmon caught, but the wind for much of the week made people pay dearly for their fish. Rockfishing was easier and there were good scores. Halibut bit inshore at Ten Mile Beach and also in Tomales Bay. Striped bass to over 20 pounds hit lures in the surf zone. New Sea Angler hooked 12 salmon off Russian River

EMERYVILLE—Salmon fishing was as good as it gets on some days and on some Emeryville boats such as when New Huck Finn managed limits in just 2 hours of fishing at Duxbury. Rockfish and lingcod action was wild up the Marin Coast where limits of rockfish and respectable counts of lings were expected daily when boats could get out.

EUREKA—Salmon season closed with a bust due to winds and seas over Labor Day Weekend. During the week, some salmon were caught and boatloads of hungry rockfish and lingcod.

FORT BRAGG—Cleone Reef produced some great catches aboard Telstar including an 11-pound cabezon and a 16-pound lingcod. Salmon did show and bite, with Bragg’n hitting limits in 2 hours on Wednesday. Surf fishing was okay for perch and great for rockfish and cabezon at Jughandle, MacKerricher and The Old Mill.

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA—Bumpy weather didn’t keep party boats from their appointed rounds and limits of rockfish and lingcod to 20 pounds were caught aboard Queen of Hearts,Huli Cat and New Capt. Pete. Salmon showed up outside the harbor and private boats were able to haul limits for 2 or 3 people. Salmon were also taken from the pier at Pacifica. Striped bass were chomping at most sandy beaches of Half Moon Bay, Pacifica and surrounding areas.

SAN FRANCISCO—Salmon boats Bass Tub, Wacky Jacky, Flash II, Lovely Martha and Argo put the hurt on salmon with counts daily ranging from a fish per rod to quick limits with time left to look for lingcod and rockfish which were readily available along the Marin Coast. Flash I fished the South Bay and caught a 58-inch leopard shark.

– Western Outdoor News

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