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Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of Aug. 15, 2016.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)
Alpine County stocked the East and West Carson with 1800 pounds of rainbows this past week. The DFW stocked the West Carson with a load of 7- to 10-inch cutthroat trout. Everyone was catching limits of trout to 4 pounds. Flows were good in the East Carson, and dropping in the West Carson.
DELTA REGION: Sacramento River
The bulk of the salmon and striped bass run is yet to come, but a few salmon continue to be taken below the Freeport Bridge on a daily basis. Jigging is the top technique, but trolling with Silvertron spinners is another option. Striped bass trollers are finding linesides to 7 pounds using deep-diving lures below the Rio Vista Bridge to Sherman Island. Live mudsuckers are working for stripers around Liberty Island. Smallmouth continue to hold in Steamboat and Miner Sloughs with deep-diving crankbaits or plastics on the drop-shot.
DELTA REGION: San Joaquin River
Largemouth bass are the top species, but the large bass tournaments will be absent for the remainder of the month until the Bass Fest out of Russo’s Marina on September 10. The cooler morning temperatures have slowed the topwater bite, but once the sun comes out, topwater is an option. With the triple-digit temperatures during the daytime, the bass are retreating once again under the mats, and the punch bite is back with creature baits under a tungsten weight. Fresh shad is getting larger, and bluegill and red eared perch remain abundant in the normal locations in the South Delta with wax worms, red worms, or jumbo red worms. Small stripers are possible near Stockton, but the Antioch Fishing Pier is the best bank location for linesides with fresh shad or live mudsuckers.
The lake speed limit was reduced to 5 mph on Monday. The lake is dropping a foot a day and was down to 402 feet on Sunday evening. It was 415 feet two weeks ago. The Hobie Cove ramp at Brown’s Ravine is the only launch still open. Rattlesnake Bar, Granite Bay, Folsom Point and Peninsula boat launches are now closed. The water temperature was 81 degrees on Sunday. Trout and landlocked salmon fishing has slowed. Bass anglers are fishing suspended fish on the offshore rockpiles, 25 to 35 feet down. Drop-shot rigs with 3-inch plastics are working best.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
Some kings are being caught on T-55 FlatFish with sardine wraps between Red Bluff and Woodson Bridge. New fish moved into the stretch over the weekend. Guides are reporting a fish per rod. The best bite has been between 8 and 9 a.m., when the salmon first begin to move after sunup. Chrome plugs with a chartreuse bill have been producing at first light, while white or peak with pink sides are working later in the day. Overall salmon fishing remains slow, with relatively few anglers fishing.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Oregon
Trout fishing is slow. Some anglers have begun to troll the estuary for salmon, but fishing remains slow. Salmon will begin to show up in early September.
COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Oregon
A few kings are now being caught each day in the lower estuary on plug-cut herring. Some salmon have been reported as high as the "chip pile" below the Highway 101 bridge.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Oregon
Salmon fishing was fair to good in the Rogue Bay last week. The water temperature at Agness is 75 to 77 degrees, while flows are down to 2,040 cfs. The bite could switch over to a morning bite this week with an incoming tide to begin the day. Fishing has been best near the Jot's Resort dock and in front of Indian Creek at high tide.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Oregon
More water releases are needed from Lost Creek dam, as the river water is low in many places, according to guide Troy Whitaker of U-Save Tackle in Grant’s Pass. Salmon action remains fair to good on Kwikfish with a sardine wrapper, deep wobblers or back-bounced plugs in deeper holes. Whitehorse, Galice and Finley Bend are the most productive areas. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good, too, on spinners and back trolled plugs. Lots of hatchery trout are also being caught. Lake fishing has slowed due to hot weather.
Trout fishing is slow. Hot weather has lots of people visiting the redwoods and swimming in the river.
UMPQUA RIVER, Reedsport, Oregon
Salmon fishing has improved near Reedsport, where most guides are getting two to three kings a day trolling plug-cut herring. Good tides are expected this week.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
Flows Sunday at Iron Gate Dam were 879 cfs. Trout fishing has been good at first light and again in the evenings. Nightcrawlers are working well, as are small plugs. Expect the first salmon to show up in mid-September.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley were 1,110 cfs, good for trout and steelhead fishing. Hot weather has limited the best fishing to first light and late in the evening. A few steelhead are moving in the middle section of the Klamath. Expect salmon to show up around Labor Day, with the best fishing later in September.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Salmon fishing continued to be slow on the lower river as the sand bar at the mouth of the river is blocking fresh fish from entering, except at the peak of the high tide, when bank anglers on the spit are catching fish. Trolling in the estuary has been slow. Between Terwer and Blue Creek, a few steelhead are being caught by anglers side-drifting roe. Few salmon are being caught on the lower river. Flows Sunday at Terwer were 2,150 cfs. Fall salmon regulations went into effect on Aug. 15. Anglers are limited to one king a day over 22 inches as part of a two-salmon limit.
Flows from Lewiston Dam remained at 449 cfs over the weekend. Salmon fishing has slowed on the upper river, but bank anglers and drift boaters both catching kings on roe and tuna balls. Fishing has been best in the mornings. Plug fishing is slow, with low, clear water limiting success. Many of the spring salmon are now dark. Very few fall salmon are entering the river as the mouth of the Klamath has sanded in. Flows are expected to jump to 900 cfs on Aug. 22.
NORTH COAST LAKES
Bass fishing remains good all over the lake. The top techniques seem to be crankbaits, both deep and shallow, jigs, plus drop-shot worms both nose-hooked and wacky rigged. Anglers are getting easy limits of bass just about anywhere on the lake.
Fishing is good most of the day for all three species of bass (spotted, smallmouth and largemouth). Primary points, ledges or island tops in 20 to 35 feet of water have been the best bets in the water column. Trout trollers continue to target that 40-55 feet of water from the narrows to the Big Island for rainbow trout and kokanee to 20 inches.
UPPER BLUE LAKE
The DFG planted trout recently, but the fishing has been slow for anglers. The bass fishing, however, has been fairly good on jigs and plastic worms.
Bass anglers are still catching a mix of smallmouth and largemouth to 2 pounds at Lake Mendocino, with a variety of techniques. Early risers are catching a few smallies along the Peninsula on topwater baits like a Gunfish, G-Splash or Sammy worked around main lake points, said WON Field Reporter Scott Green.
Anglers are catching some bass and trout, with the action mainly in the dam area, reported Christina Diaz at Lake Pillsbury Resort.
FAR NORTH LAKES AND RIVERS
Fishing is fair, according to Doug Neal at Almanor Fishing Adventures, with trout being taken on suspended meal worms or crickets.
Trout fishing has been pretty good, said John Dietz at The Fly Shop in Redding. Anglers have scoring with little Battis and various midges.
The kokanee bite continues to be strong. Fish in the 13- and 14-inch range are whacking rigs from 25 to 35 feet down all over the lake producing limits for most. You have to fish early as bite slows after about 10 a.m. Best color combinations right now are watermelon and pink. Water temps are in the low to mid 70's with this heat wave and the lake is still nearly full.
Trout fishing is very good with lots of limits of 2- to 3-pound rainbows being taken on trolled lures in Miners Bay and along the Ronald McDonald shoreline area.
Fishing is pretty good on hatchery planted trout.
Caddis flies are producing fair to good trout fishing.
Trout fishing is fair for fly fishermen using wooly buggers and damsel nymphs.
Fly fishermen are still picking up a few small rainbows.
Fishing has been slow due to high water releases.
Fishing has been very good below Shasta Dam with trout over 20 inches in length being taken on an assortment of flies.
Trollers are getting some bass action on diving plugs. Trout are also being caught on trolled spinners lures or live shad.
Fishing has been pretty good for bass, trout and salmon. Bass to 8 pounds were caught this week.
There are more waterskiers than fishermen with the weather so hot. Fish early or late for bass with pink or white skirted jigs.
Bluegill and largemouth bass are found near the big dock with nightcrawlers or jumbo red worms. Catfishing is best in the Carson Arm by the back of the campgrounds with chicken livers or nightcrawlers. The annual Moonlighter Bass Tournament is this coming Saturday, August 20. The swim pond closes for the season after Labor Day Weekend. The fishing fee has been dropped to $5.00 for the summer fee with a $10.00 day use fee along with a $7.00 boat launch fee. Trout plants should start in October.
Trout fishing remains good in the deepest part of the lake near the dam with limits of quality rainbows to 6 pounds possible with Speedy Shiners or similar heavy spoons on a fast-troll around 3 mph at depths to 40 feet. Bass fishing is best with Brush Hogs or Senkos at depths from 20 to 25 feet, and the action is picking up. The crappie bite has slowed down with the fish holding in scattered trees. Catfishing is best in the shallows at depths from 10 to 12 feet with anchovies.
A few quality king salmon are possible up the river arm in the cold water break at depths below 80 feet with rolled anchovies, shad, or Uncle Larry’s Salmon Spinners. Bass fishing is slow with a limited topwater bite. Mulies, a hybrid of spotted and smallmouth bass, to 2.5 pounds have been showing up on the plastics. The surface temperature is 77 degrees in the early mornings. The lake has dropped to 70% of capacity.
The lake keeps on releasing water, and it has dropped to 47% of capacity. The topwater bite has slowed, and the best action is on the bottom at depths below 45 feet with plastics such as Pro Worm’s 124 on the drop-shot or Berserk’s Purple Hornet jigs. Catfishing is decent along muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, sardines, or mackerel. Trout, kokanee, and king salmon have been non-existent throughout the summer. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction.
The catchable rainbows from last week’s plant of 7500 pounds have moved out into the main lake after hanging around close to the docks for a few days, and the bite has slowed down. Kastmasters in gold or chrome are still working best near the marina, the Brush Pile, and the Handicapped Docks. The triple-digit temperatures have kept the optimum time to a short window in the early mornings or late afternoons.
Striped bass boils are the story, and the majority of boils are occurring on calm days without wind in the early mornings or late afternoons. By mid-morning, the boils have slowed down, and the fish are staying up for less than a minute. Small profile swimbaits or topwater lures cast into the boils from a distance are the best bets for linesides to 7 pounds. The lake has dropped to 31% of capacity. The troll bite should pick up again in the coming weeks as the fish slow down on boiling on the surface.
Kokanee in excess of 19 inches have been landed this week, and the fish have dropped down between 80 and 100 feet near the dam and the north side of Rose Island with pink being the operative color for hoochies, spinners, or spoons. The quality of kokanee remains excellent, but the numbers are limits. Trout are also dropping in the water column in the same range, following the shad schools. Bass fishing is best at depths below 40 feet with plastics on the drop-shot. Catfishing remains very good in the early morning, evenings, and throughout the night with anchovies, mackerel, and frozen shad. Crappie action has been ‘the best in years’ with the slabs holding around submerged brush and standing timber.
The Kokanee Power Team Tournament is this coming Saturday, and dedicated fishermen have been working the river arm for landlocked salmon to 15 inches. The quality of kokanee is the best in years, and spinners or hoochies in pink, green, or purple are working at depths from 45 to 100 feet. The action has been best in the afternoons. Bass fishing is best with Senkos or crankbaits up the river arm. Catfish are holding in the shallows throughout the lake, and chicken livers or nightcrawlers are the top baits.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
Upper and Lower Blue Lakes were stocked by the DFW this past week.
The lake is at 60.2-percent capacity. James Netzel at Tight Lines Guide Service was still catching limits of kokanee averaging 16 inches with a few to 17 inches. The occasional brown trout to 4 pounds was caught too. Netzel was using Rocky Mountain dodgers and orange Radical Glow Tubes at 25 to 40 feet deep. He said the lake was dropping fast and 4-wheel drive was required to launch.
The lake is at 80.6-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Caples Lake Resort reported the fishing was slow with the hot weather. The best bite was for trollers probing the deepest water in the lake. Shore anglers were picking up a few fish at the Wood’s Creek inlet in the EARLY morning.
The lake is at 61-percent capacity. Trout fishing here was dead slow, according to Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing. Four shore anglers fished from dawn to 11 a.m. and only landed 1 fish; a troller fished for 3 days and only caught two 12-inch planter rainbows.
The lake is at 83-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Macks were hitting big plugs—Rapalas, Lymans, J-Plugs—at 100 feet deep. The kokanee bite had slowed but fish were still hitting pink Sling Blade/ Koke-a-nuts at 40 to 60 feet deep between China Cove and Loch Leven. Trout fishing should be good after the plant at the boat ramp docks, west end beach, and nearby public piers.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort on the North Fork reported fishing was slow with only a few native rainbows caught. The DFW hasn’t stocked the family friendly North Fork at Belden for 8 weeks, so it’s time for another plant!!!!
The lake is at 35-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reported that trollers were catching limits of rainbows up to 19 1/2 inches on Needlefish and Dick Nite spoons, and boaters anchoring in deep water were picking up limits on nightcrawlers and floating dough bait. Ed Dillard reported a friend fished the lake and caught a limit of 15- to 17-inch rainbows trolling red dot frog and brass/red head Needlefish at 20 to 25 feet deep.
GOLD LAKES BASIN
Gold Lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Mark Tieslau at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported the campgrounds at Gold Lake were STILL OPEN!! Gold Lake fishing should be good after the plant as bigger macks and browns move up shallow to feed on the planters. Most small boaters were bumping bottom in the trench at Rocky Point for macks and browns with big flashers and a nightcrawler.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 85-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle and Guide Service reported the bite here was slow due to the hot weather pushing the fish into deep water.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported fishing pressure here was nil with the heavy trout plants in the Carson River.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 77.1-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported 8- to 11-inch planter rainbows were hitting dodger/Sep’s grubs at 35 to 50 feet deep in the Middle Fork arm at the south end of the lake.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is at 89-percent capacity. Denise Cole at Sly Park Resort reported fishing was slow with hot weather in the 90’s and heavy recreational boat traffic.
Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing reported his trips were producing nice limits of macks by 7 a.m. jigging a Williamson Vortex or Benthos jig tipped with a live minnow at 140 to 240 feet deep all along South Shore. The fish were running 3 to 8 pounds with some days kicking out limits of 5 and 6 pounders. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported the kokanee bite had slowed with success good one day and poor the next. He switched over to trolling for macks at 200 feet deep over 1000 feet of water with a dodger minnow for fish running 4 to 8 pounds. Trips were producing 9 to 15 macks—half to near limits for the boat.
The lake is at 79-percent capacity. Fishing was slow with the hot weather pushing the fish into deep water.
The lake is at 60.7-percent capacity. The best bet on the lake was the smallmouth bass fishing using worms, tubes, and jigs on rocky banks and points. The fish were running up to 1 1/2 pounds.
Fishing was slow at the dam and the inlet, but give it a try in the early morning to avoid the bright sun and the heat.
The lake is at 78.5-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Fishing should be good at the dam for shore anglers and trollers. Watch out for big macks up shallow to feed on the planters.
The lake is at 39-percent capacity. Tight Lines Guide Service reported the ramp was getting to the point where launching was difficult without 4-wheel drive. Most trollers reported decent kokanee action near the island.
Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing Marina reported the lake level was stable this past week, only dropping a couple inches. Fishing was slow with the hot weather. The best action was for boaters drifting or anchoring on the SW side of the lake and dropping nightcrawlers to the bottom. 1 or 2 fish per day was about all one could expect.
Mountain Hardware and Sports reported flows in the main river were good from Hirschdale to Stateline and flyfishing was good using yellow stone and caddis patterns. The Little Truckee River below Stampede was only running 20- to 30-cfs and fishermen were asked to leave it alone to protect this delicate fishery.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 80-percent capacity. Dale Daneman at Dale’s Foothill Fishing Service visited the lake this past week and caught no kokanee at all. After 5 hours of trolling they finally caught a SMUD/Mt. Lassen Trout Farms rainbow and then landed 4 more in the next hour between 11 a.m. and noon. The rainbows were all 14 to 16 inchers and hit a dodger/grub. Daneman metered a lot of fish around Peninsula Point and very few at the dam. Another boater caught 5 kokanee on a different day, so the bite is obviously hit-or-miss.
WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the canyon are scheduled for another DFW trout plant this week. When WON called, 32 of the 50 tagged fish had been caught in the “Size Doesn’t Matter” Fishing Derby. Each tag was worth a specific prize that was awarded to the angler upon checking the tag in at the Walker General Store or the Walker Country Store. Sam Foster at the Toiyabe Motel and Pam Hamic at the West Walker Motel reported the fishing was phenomenal with 30- to 50-fish days common.
Salmon fishing has been slow, although a few are being caught on jigs. A few large stripers have been reported. Flows are holding steady at 4,230 cfs.
Striper fishing has been best at Mosquito Beach, with lots of shakers and some keepers. Star Bend also is fishing well. Bank anglers are fishing cut bait, while boaters are tossing artificial lures. Jumbo minnows also are working. A few salmon are being caught by bank anglers tossing Blue Fox spinners. The Outlet is seeing the majority of the effort. Boaters are catching some kings on plugs near the Outlet, but overall action is slow. Releases remain high from Lake Oroville.
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has slowed to a stop with the hot weather, but bass and bluegill fishing is good.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows held steady last week at 214 cfs at the Delta gauge. Bait anglers are doing well for planted rainbows around Dunsmuir, where small spinners such as Rooster Tails also are working well. The river has been planted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Fishing re-opened from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge on Aug. 1. Trout fishing was especially good on the far upper section last week, but remains good down to Anderson. Roe and crickets are working for bait fishermen, while fly anglers are enjoying afternoon hatches. Salmon fishing remained slow last week at the Barge Hole. Flows at Kewsick Dam were 10,500 cfs all last week.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Some kings are being caught near Freeport and Garcia Bend on jiga as well as M2 FlatFish or K14 Kwikfish with sardine wraps. Flying C spinners and Silvertron spinners also are tricking some salmon. Catfish are being caught near the Port of Sacramento. Striper and salmon fishing is slow at Discovery Park and Miller Park, although there was a good bite on Saturday for kings.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
Salmon fishing has been slow, but some kings are being caught by anglers anchoring near Verona and running M2 FlatFish with sardine wraps or Silvertron spinners. New fish were reported over the weekend. Fishing for catfish was fair last week at First and Second Beach at Knight’s Landing, as well as behind the wing dams at Verona. It slowed from the hot action the week prior. Chicken liver, pile worms and salmon roe are working well. Night fishing has been best.
The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the flows were normal and clear in all 3 forks. Rafting traffic was heavy. Fishermen hiking down to the deeper pools in the North Fork near Foresthill and into the Middle Fork below French Meadows were finding good numbers of rainbows.
The lake is at 74-percent capacity. Emerald Cove Marina reported fishing was slow with the hot weather and heavy recreational boat traffic.
CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is at 55-to 60-percent capacity. North Shore Resort reported bass fishing was slow. Ron Franks of Folsom caught 5 bass in 5 hours using green lizards in the Rock Creek arm in 79- to 81-degree water. The fish were 10 to 15 feet deep. The main lake was loaded with recreational boats and personal watercraft. Fishing was best during the week in the early morning.
The lake is 18 feet from full. Warmwater species still made up the top catches this past week along with a trout or two. The biggest trout of the week was a 5 1/2 pounder caught on orange floating dough bait in the channel near the bridge on the upper end of the lake. Catfish to 8 3/4 pounds were caught all over the lake—the dam, Elmer’s Cove, and the Open Area—using anchovies, chicken livers, and catfish nuggets. Crappie and bluegill were still hitting worms fished off the docks.
The lake is at 93-percent capacity. Skippers Cove Marina reported trout fishing was slow. Bass were hitting drop-shot worms on the points, and Senkos and flukes around the weeds and downed trees.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 76.8-percent capacity. The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the campgrounds and boat ramps were open.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 70.4-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported the Big Meadows and Hell Hole campgrounds were empty this past weekend and there were only 2 boats on the lake. Macks, trout, and kokanee should be hitting for trollers.
The lake is at 60-percent capacity—down another 12 feet this past week. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported the bass bite was good in the early morning or late afternoon until dark with the hot weather. Keitech swimbaits and drop-shot worms in shad colors were working on steep points at 30 to 35 feet deep in the Slot.
The lake is at 93.1-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at Long Ravine Resort reported the bass fishing was still very good. Drop-shot or wacky rigged black worms were working on the points. There was still a lot of topwater activity seen all around the lake—try poppers, walkers, and chuggers in the shad boils.
SCOTTS FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 84.2-percent capacity. Jim Caldwell at NID reported smallmouth bass to 3 pounds were hitting worms and jigs. Trout fishing was slow with the hot weather and heavy recreational boat traffic.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The Foresthill Ranger Station reported the campgrounds, day-use area, and boat ramp were open. The lake hasn’t been stocked by the DFW since mid-June, so fishing was slow.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 83-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported there were lots of folks using the campground. Trollers were still catching a few trout on flasher/worms or Rapalas at 30 to 40 feet deep up toward the inlet.
The lake was at 134.3-foot elevation at press time—84-percent capacity. Bruce Gibson at the Paradise Tackle Company reported the bass bite was good using jigs on the west side rock banks, and frogs and Senkos on or around the weed beds.
Potluck fishing in the Bay was pretty good, with multiple species available, including stripers, halibut and now salmon, which finally began moving through the Bay. Jilly Sea hung a couple of halibut and rockfish. Happy Hooker fished the Farallones and Marin Coast for heavy sacks of rockfish and lingcod. California Dawn ran similar trips and saw a 10-pound bocaccio come aboard.
Lingcod and rockfish were steady, with weekly totals aboard New Sea Angler like limits of rockfish and 540 lingcod for 246 anglers. Salmon and halibut were caught at Ten Mile Beach and halibut were also taken near Hog Island in Tomales Bay where a fat white seabass was caught by a private boater.
Emeryville boats spread out and tried different fish, both outside for salmon and rockfish and inside for halibut and striped bass. The biggest salmon of the week was taken aboard Sundance by Will Durnick. Most Emeryville boats worked outside for rockfish and lingcod, scoring consistent limits of rockfish and plenty of lings.
Salmon were close enough to cast lures to from the North Jetty and charter boats Reel Steel, Scrimshaw and Shellback were able to make quick runs and catch a fish or two per person. Pacific halibut bit like hungry dogs when weather allowed drifting or trolling for them and inside Humboldt Bay. California halibut were on the chew on outgoing tides.
A customer aboard Telstar caught a big 13-pound cabezon off of MacKerricher where lingcod and rockfish were taken in agreeable numbers and also where charter boat Bragg-n caught salmon to 22 pounds. Shore fishers were able to fish exposed spots and catch kelp greenling, cabezon, lingcod and rockfish.
HALF MOON BAY
Salmon fishing was a roller coaster ride, with a boat out of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing getting full limits one day, then 1 fish the next day. Trips down south for rockfish and lingcod were steady dates aboard Queen of Hearts and Riptide and Que Sera Sera. On Sunday a 41-pound white seabass was caught on Riptide off of Pacifica.
Boats running to South Bay found good shark fishing for leopards up to 22 pounds aboard Nautilus. Lovely Martha worked salmon for anywhere from 1 fish per rod upward. Bass Tub bested a lingcod per rod and nice sacks of rockfish. Flash I and II worked outside the Gate for rockfish and lingcod and also ran South Bay Trips for leopard sharks to 27 pounds.
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