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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.

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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:
Eureka
 
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.
 
Questions, comments, tips, and photos can be emailed to kenny@fishingthenorthcoast.com

Fishing Reports

How much is a caught salmon worth? 07/22/14 -- Each salmon caught in-river in 2013 had an economic impact of approximately $1,176 for California in terms of jobs, sales, gross regional product, and ripple effects to the economy, according to a recent report... Full Story
Pacific halibut season closes in August
CDFW, woman fisherman holding up large Pacific Halibut
07/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen...Full Story
Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup
Trinidad Harbor, Tom Marking, Eureka-Trinidad Summer Fishing roundup
By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...Full Story
Eagle Lake Fishing Report By Val Aubrey
07/19/14 -- The surface temps have been 72-74F over the depths of the south basin this week. The west side is slightly cooler (by about one degree) according to my depth finder. Ambient temps predicted to be in the mid to high 80’s... Full Story
Lewiston Lake: 'Fab' Fishing; Derby is 7/26
Scout Troop 324 San Jose, Lewiston Lake
By Frank Galusha
07/19/14 – Fishing at Lewiston Lake is absolutely fabulous and that exact same accolade came from two very reliable sources today: Roberta Dixon at Lakeview Terrace Resort and Louise Bigham at Pine Cove Marina...Full Story
Collins Lake trout & catfish easy pickin's
5 boys holding fish caught at Collins Lake, Kathy Hess
By Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
07/19/14 -- Summer trout catches have been at a peak this year, the weather
hasn't changed, it's still hot but the trout don't seem to care as most of
the catches this week were from shore... Full Story
Sacramento River Opener: 1 boat; 12 salmon
Vaughn Yost from Reno, Nevada with one of his two salmon.  Photo courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service
In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
07/18/14 -- Sacramento River: Well the Sacramento River salmon fishing opener came and went with a bang in some spots on the river and it came and went quietly in others. As the eager anglers hit the river on Wednesday's...Full Story
Salmon bite slows off Eureka coast
Eureka Salmon Fishing
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
07/16/14 -- The salmon bite has actually cooled off out of Eureka! Boy, it’s been a few years since I had to type that phrase. Since Monday, it’s been a pretty tough grind for the charter and sport boats as the big schools of salmon seemed...Full Story
Sacramento River salmon opener report
  Chuck Steen of Redding with a 14 lb King salmon caught below Woodson Bridge on Pautzke Fire Cure eggs. Photo courtesy of Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service
By Frank Galusha
07/16/14 – Fishing for Sacramento River king salmon on today’s opener ranged from very good -- to frustrating – or to zip, zero nada for anglers and guides who gave it go between Red Bluff and Grimes. The best report came from...Full Story
Shasta & Trinity Lakes: Improve facilities!
Shasta lake Full Pool
By Gary Heffley
07/16/14 -- News Flash…We are in a drought and according to many reliable sources it is one of the worst in decades. Lake levels are dropping and yet there is plenty of water to accommodate all kinds of watersport as well as fishing...Full Story
Whiskeytown Lake kokanee ‘ko-operate’
Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee Fishing, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
07/14/14 -- I didn’t get up this morning to go “writing” or even to sit at my editor’s desk at MyOutdoorBuddy. I got up at 3 a.m. to go fishing for kokanee salmon at Whiskeytown Lake with fellow MyOutdoorBuddy reporter, Mike Mogler...Full Story
Trinity/Klamath Rivers are simply too hot! By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
I have been getting lots of requests about “How is the fishing? and “Where should I go?” All I can say is that the weather has been hot and the rivers are hotter. I don’t know where the weatherman is getting his information from...Full Story
Lake Oroville still giving up bass
Ron Gandolfi with smallmouth bass taken from Lake Orville. Photo courtesy of Ron Gandolfi,
By Chuck Giles
07/13/14 -- Bass guide Ron Gandolfi reports the bass fishing on Lake Oroville remains steady. He does warn, however, that the Lime Saddle Ramp will only be useable for another eight to ten days. From that time on...Full Story
Philbrook Lake for rainbows By Chuck Giles
07/13/14 -- Philbrook Lake is still the go-to destination for trout in the Chico, Paradise area. Customers coming into Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) are reporting some grand fishing at this fairly high mountain... Full Story
Hook a white shark? Cut the line! By Frank Galusha
07/11/14 -- Be careful what your GoPro® camera or smartphone catches. Be aware as well that others may be looking over your shoulder, recording what you are doing and saying and then posting it on Facebook or other social media...Full Story
NOAA: El Niño weakens in Pacific By Frank Galusha
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ODFW adds 24K trout to Diamond Lake 07/09/14 -- Nearly 24,000 legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout are headed to Diamond Lake starting this week to boost fishing at one of Oregon’s most popular lakes. “With the hot weather in Roseburg and Medford, this is a great...Full Story
Huge school of 'chovies' puzzle scientists
By Frank Galusha
07/09/14 -- Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC, San Diego in La Jolla were amazed and puzzled by the massive school of anchovies that appeared off the beach there late yesterday. From a distance, the tiny bait...Full Story
Statewide free fishing days By Gary Heffley
07/03/14 -- The CADFW selected July 5 and September 6 as California Free Fishing Days. There will be “No License” required to fish within the state of California or offshore where California fishing licenses apply...Full Story
13th FPT Snag Proof is August 2nd & 3rd By Vince Harris
07/01/14 -- Are you ready for some top water frog action? You guessed it!… that time of year is right around the corner as August 2nd and 3rd marks the date for the Snag Proof Open, a 13th annual top water spectacular... Full Story
Old Reliable
Dare Devil lure
By Gary Heffley
06/25/14 -- I had the pleasure to visit the Alturas area this last weekend as a participant in the Modoc Outdoor Expo and with the convenient hours of the show I was also able to do some exploring of the region. My past visits had...Full Story
The Test
John Higley holding trout caught at Lake Eiler, photo by Sharon Higley
By John Higley
06/23/14 -- If you asked me how many times I’ve hiked into the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area, which lies north of Lassen Volcanic National Park in the Lassen National Forest, I honestly couldn’t tell... Full Story
Future of Colusa Boat Ramp at stake 06/13/14 -- California State Parks is planning the future of the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area and the public is invited to a public workshop at the City of Colusa’s Boy Scout Cabin, 901 Parkhill Street, from 6 to... Full Story
Pacific Halibut season closes in August 06/10/14 -- As expected and pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.1(a)(1), the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed emergency regulatory action... Full Story
Kokanee and Crawdads
fixings for crawdad boil; potatoes, onions, crawdads. corn spread out on newspaper
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
06/08/14 -- Kokanee, vegetarian land-locked Sockeye salmon. Every spring, while waiting for the high elevation destinations to become accessible, I enjoy catching these hot-tempered silver bullets. Kokanee fishing is highly... Full Story
The Myths and Realities of El Niño
Ocean Nino Index - ONI
By Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story
CA free fishing days are Jul. 5 and Sept. 6 05/28/14 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear... Full Story
Crossing the Bar at Humboldt Bay
Furuno Chart Plotter, Humboldt Bay Bar, tides and current chart, Tom Marking
By Tom Marking
05/22/14 -- The Humboldt Bay Bar is the stuff of legends. There are harrowing tales of mariners having to cross the Bar at night or during storm conditions, leading to loss of life, with many a ship foundering and capsizing... Full Story
I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me
Life jackets stored below cushion boat seat, BoatUS, Photo is courtesy of BoatUS
04/30/14 --  I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me. I’m here to help you, maybe even safe your life – but only if you’re willing to take the help. Maybe National Safe Boating Week (May 17 – 23) will help remind everyone... Full Story
Saving Yelloweyes
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus). Photo by Retired Fish and Game Warden Larry Bruckenstein
By Steven T. Callan
04/24/14 -- Imagine you’re fishing somewhere off the California coast and you hook into a big one. You finally hoist the monster to the deck and discover it’s nearly three feet long, brilliant red-orange in color, with bright yellow... Full Story
Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
By Frank Galusha
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...Full Story
Cormorant hazing to protect young fish
eight double-crested cormorant waterbirds standing on a branch in the middle of a body of water
03/27/14 -- Hazing of double-crested cormorants is set to begin soon in several areas along the Oregon coast in an attempt to improve survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead as they migrate from inland waters to... Full Story
North Coast Spring Groundfish Report
Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon, Tom Marking and spouse
By Tom Marking, GAP and CA Sports Representative
03/22/14 -- The 2014 fishing season is upon us and shore anglers and divers are already busy searching for fish when the weather and waves allow. Spring can be very productive for shore anglers for rockfish, cabezon...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
First Light
Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Kids Fishing Days coming to North State
03/02/14 -- Monty Currier, Environmental Scientist with the CA DFW in Redding, is prepared to have Grace and perhaps Nora Lakes in Shingletown as well as Kilarc Reservoir above Whitmore well stocked for... Full Story
Kokanee Power 2014 Event Schedule By Gary Heffley
02/15/14 -- Kokanee Power, a great organization involved with education, research, support and promotion of the fantastic Kokanee and Inland Chinook fisheries in the state has posted their 2014 calendar of tournaments and... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Mt. Shasta Kid’s Fishing Days start June 7 By Gary Heffley
02/05/14—The days are set for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Kid’s Fishing Day at Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. This free annual event is one of my personal favorites and one that I make every effort...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
DFW photo Harry Morse
01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story
Bechhold Bait Holder is fish-catching marvel
Larry Ellis, 37-lb Chetco King taken with Bechhold Rotary Bullet Bait Holder
By Larry Ellis
12/23/13 -- Hello, my name is Larry Ellis, and I have enjoyed the life of being a writer/photographer for numerous outdoors magazines for over a decade. I am truly living the dream. I began writing for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News...Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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