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Mouth of the Klamath River — more than just salmon

North Coast Fishing By Kenny Priest
[Kenny Priest, Eureka-based writer who loves to fish fresh and saltwater along the northwest coast has agreed to share a few of his timely north coast reports with MyOutdoorBuddy.]
The mouth of the Klamath, where the river meets the sea near the town of Requa, is truly a fisherman’s paradise. This time of year you’ll find spring and fall salmon, as well as summer steelhead entering the river from the ocean. The area is also home to some of the best redtail perch fishing on the North Coast. The variety of fishing, plus the abundance of wildlife keeps me coming back every chance I get.

This is one reason why I keep coming back to the mouth of the Klamath. This King salmon was caught there by John Stroh from Lodi.  Photo by Kenny Priest
Where else can you see migrating gray whales, porpoises, black bears, deer, sea lions, otters, bald eagles, osprey and pelicans all within a 100 yard radius of where you’re fishing? On more than one occasion, while standing near the surf casting for perch, I’ve had whales surface within 25 yards of me.
On top of the amazing scenery, the mouth of the Klamath offers some of the best in-river salmon fishing on the coast. Nearly 140,000 fall run Chinook salmon are predicted to come back up the Klamath this year. If you love the outdoors and fishing, the mouth of the Klamath is a trip not to be missed. To hike in from the south spit, take the West Klamath Beach Rd. exit off of Hwy. 101 and drive 3.6 miles to trailhead, which will be on your right. To boat in, take Hwy. 101 north past the town of Klamath and turn left on Requa Rd., then a left onto Hughes Rd., which leads down to the public boat launch. For Coastal views from above the mouth, head up to the Klamath Overlook. To get there, take the Requa Rd. off 101 north and drive 2-1/2 miles past the Requa Inn and uphill to the parking lot.
The Oceans:
Currently, the ocean looks like it will be fishable at least through early Sunday (July 12). The first part of next week is looking marginal with the wind expected to build to 20 knots. "Boaters were really knocking the heck out of the Pacific Halibut over the weekend,” according to Phil Pritting of Englund Marine in Eureka. "Most of the fish are on the small side, but a couple fish over 85 lbs were reported. This past week, the bay produced a good number of California Halibut. Live bait, currently available on the weekends at Woodley Island Marina, is your best bait option, but frozen anchovies will catch fish as well,” Pritting said.
Captain Phil Glenn aboard the Shellback (707-442-7115) had a productive weekend for both Pacific Halibut and rockfish. On July 3, he landed 3 butts for four anglers up to 33 lbs. On the 4th of July he ran south and put in 6 limits of rockfish and a few lings up to 15lbs. Monday he was down south of False Cape and again came home with full sacks, with a nice mix of blacks, vermilion and coppers. Phil has a few seats open for the coming weekend. 
Tim Klassen, skipper on the Reel Steel (707-499-4925) has been bouncing back and forth between the cape and the bay, depending on the weather. On June 30 he put limits of California halibuts in the box for his three clients. Over the weekend he was running down to the cape and averaging two Pacific Halibuts and limits of rockfish per trip.
Captain Gary Blasi on the Seaweasel (707-498-7473) has been pulling limits of rockfish and California Halibut from the bay. Highlight of the week for Blasi was a 8.5 lb black rockfish caught over the weekend by local Ken Thrift. The current state record is 9.2 lbs.
Captain Tom Lesher aboard The Jumpin’ Jack (707-839-4743) out of Trinidad reports the rockfish bite has been steady. He ran two trips per day over the holiday weekend and limited each trip. He’s catching mostly blacks with just a few lings in the mix.
John Corbett of Pro Sport Center in Eureka (707-443-6328) reports that the redtail perch bite has slowed at Elk River beach, but a few limits were caught over the weekend at Centerville Beach. Corbett also notes that abalone season is closed for the month of July and will re-open the first of August. “Beginning Saturday, we have some real good minus tides at first light, if the ocean lays down, I’d expect you could find some razors at Clam Beach,” Corbett added
Crescent City
"The California Halibut bite turned on over the weekend on South Beach," according to Chris Hegnes from Englund Marine in Crescent City. “There’s also been a couple nice Pacific Halibut up to 62 lbs landed out near the reef. Bottom fishing continues to be good and should continue if the weather lies down. Last Friday and Saturday were looking good, but Sunday was a little bumpy,” Hegnes added.
The Rivers:
Klamath/Trinity Rivers
Fishing on the anchor for springers has pretty much come to an end for this year. There are a few salmon being caught trolling in the estuary every day. Fishing the incoming tide with spinners or bait is your best bet. The run is just getting started, look for more fish to pour in each week.
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Fishing Reports

​ Smith, Chetco kicking out large kings
King Salmon, 40 lb, Photo courtesy ofAndy Martin/Wild Rivers Fishing
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Cecil Grimm with Bass, by Kathy Hess Collins Lake
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Gary Heffley with Steelhead
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Klamath River, CDFW photo
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​Coastal rivers full of kings
salmon, by Mike Coopman
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
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Kokanee salmon, by goodwin guide service
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CDFW patrol boat Thresher, courtesy of CDFW
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Location map, by CDFW
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Art work by Isabella Langaman
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Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
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 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
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Jim Broshears, author badge,
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german brown trout in Modoc creek.
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green sturgeon
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