This weekend’s halibut bite picked up exactly where it left off, as fishermen dragged them over the rails at breakneck speeds. The boats returned to the water on Saturday after having been windy for the past week. And the Pacific halibut was ready and willing to take any bait that was sent on its way. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen fishing this good, and there’s a good chance it will end early. With a full month left before the salmon season opens, which will get a lot of attention, there’s a good chance that a 38,740-pound net ration will be devoured sometime in July. So, if you haven’t been to the action yet, you better make it quick. This hunt will not last long. As of June 28, CDFW predicted that £18,143 had been arrested. But those numbers are sure to rise very quickly after the wide-open sting of the past few days. To view the latest catch drop information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Pacific-Halibut#31670772-in-season-tracking
Marine forecast for the weekend
After a gentle stretch of calm seas, it looks like the winds will return as of Wednesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, Friday’s forecast calls for northwesterly winds of 5 to 15 knots and northwesterly waves 6 feet at seven seconds. Saturday’s forecast shows northwesterly winds of 5 to 10 knots and northwesterly waves 5 feet in seven seconds. Next Sunday, the wind speed will decrease from northwest to 5 knots. Waves from the north will be 2 feet in seven seconds. These terms can and will change by the end of the week. For the latest weather forecast, visit www.weather.gov/eureka/ or www.windy.com. To monitor the latest Humboldt tape conditions, visit www.wrh.noaa.gov/eka/swan. You can also call the National Weather Service at 443-7062 or the office on Woodley Island at 443-6484.
July 2 is statewide free fishing day
On Saturday, July 2, people may fish in California waters without a fishing license. All regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and closing tables remain in effect. On free fishing days, every angler should have a proper report card if they are catching steelhead, sturgeon, spiny lobster or salmon in the Smith and Klamath Trinity river systems. For more information visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Fishing/Free-Fishing-Days.
Halibut is still in Eureka’s eye, and the catch is really good despite slowing down on Tuesday, reports Tim Claassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing. “Not everyone gets daily limits, it’s about being in the right place at the right time,” Clasen said. “If those line up, it’ll do fine. The sting has moved a little north, with most of the fish coming in between 48 and 54 lines. The fish is a bit bigger now, with most falling in the 20 to 50 pound range. The good news is that black cod appears to have It’s gone, allowing you to deliver the bait to the bottom. It looks like we’re in windy conditions from Wednesday to Friday.”
According to Curt Wilson of Wind Rose Charters, a bite of Pacific halibut from Trinidad is as good as it gets. “I think about 30 boats were launched on Sunday and I heard about all the boats that were caught with halibut,” Wilson said. “Most of the action happens live and 265 feet seems to be the magic number. The rockfish bite is still wide open, with the area between Cone and Turtle Rock being one of the best at the moment. The lingcod bite has been excellent too, restrictions come quickly Most days. The crab bite seems to be weather dependent, but customers still go home with just a few bites on each trip.”
“Salmon fishing is still very slow in the Cove with just a few caught every day,” said Jake Mitchell of Seahawk Sport Fishing. “The rockfish bite is consistently good and we get easy limits. It’s been a little trickier to get Code Ling. Hat, Ranch House and Rogers Brick all produce a solid move.”
“The ocean has been nice the past few days and the rockfish bite was excellent,” said Brett Carson of Englund Marine in Crescent City. “California halibut is finally back with a few being caught daily from the south shore by kayakers catching anchovies and anglers catching rocks. Flickering tides results in excellent oyster conditions for the clam fisheries that have just reopened. There are a lot of limitations reported. , and the tides will continue through the fourth. A few Pacific halibut are caught in the southern reef along with a lot of Petrale Sole.”
“After a fairly slow start to the ocean salmon season a week before Brookings, catch rates were up on Sunday and Monday as charter boats focused on Kings and Coho schools about 4 miles offshore,” said Andy Martin of the Brookings Institution of Fishing. Charters averaged a bouncer and a half per rod Monday, with plenty of coho kings and rockers releasing. Private boaters also take part in the action. Cohos are near the surface, while the kings are 80 to 120 feet in the bottom 250 feet of water. “Anchovies are an artificial lure used for outdoor fishing. Salmon fishing near shore remained slow. Lingcod and rockfish movement was good, while halibut fishing was reasonably slow.”
According to Martin, a few salmon are caught daily in Rouge Bay, but the ocean is currently the kings best bet. “However, the hot weather indoors will warm up the water temperatures in Rouge and force the early autumn kings to hold out in the bay. The water in Agnes was 68.5 degrees on Monday, up from 59 degrees a week ago. When it hit 70, usually What warms the working temperature on the bay.”
Salmon season begins on July 1 in parts of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers
The springtime Chinook salmon fishery opens on the Lower Klamath River (downstream from the Highway 96 bridge at Witchpeek) and the Trinity River (upstream of the South Fork Trinity River confluence) on Friday, July 1, and will run until August 14 on Friday. Klamath River during August 31 on the Trinity River. The daily baggage limit was set on one Chinook salmon (no size restrictions), and the take-up limit was set on two Chinook salmon.
Kenny Priest runs Fishing the North Coast, a Humboldt fishing guide service that specializes in salmon and steelhead. You can find it on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and www.fishingthenorthcoast.com. For updated fishing reports and North Coast River information, email email@example.com