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. For the Russian River and counties of Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin, call (707) 944-5533. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886. Many streams close, and others change to artificial/barbless only on, March 31 and others on April 25. Trouble identifying salmon or steelhead? Go to: http://www.swr.noaa.gov/fmd/identify.htm.
CHETCO RIVER, Ore.-The “Bubble” season, where anglers can fish the near-ocean outside the mouth of the Chetco River, opened Saturday to a relatively quiet bite, but some big kings were caught trolling just outside the harbor, according to guide Andy Martin of River Secret’s Guide Service. His boat was top of the fleet with 3 kings to the boat and a few misses. There were about 150 boats, but only a few dozen got fish, Martin said.
COOS RIVER, Coos Bay, Ore.-No reports came into WON Field Reporter and guide Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service, but he felt that more kings entered the river, and that any day they would start showing up at Saus Brothers on the incoming tide.
“I haven’t had any reports from anyone this last week, but I would work my way up the South Fork of the Coos and switch from trolling herring to trolling large spinner’s,” Palmer said.
COQUILLE RIVER, Bandon, Ore.–The bite started out fabulous at the beginning of the week. By the weekend the bite was good in the mornings, with a salmon being caught here and there over the rest of the day. The extremely high tides are to blame for the slower fishing at the end of the week. “I feel that I will start hearing of more salmon being caught upriver near the town of Coquille with the higher tides and rain,” said Palmer.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.-WON Field Rep. Curtis Palmer of River Secrets, guide Andy Martin and guide Bill Divens all agreed that the bite went red hot last week with Indian Creek kings and silver salmon inundating the Bay, and most boats doing very well, with multiple hook up’s for most of the boats on the water that day. There were also a very large number of jack salmon to help keep things interesting throughout the day. Divens said the fishing was still very good upriver by Lobster Creek.
RUSSIAN RIVER-It if rains enough this week and the mouth blows open-unlikely looking at the forecast-there might be the first of some ocean fish to enter the system. But in the meantime, it’s still smallmouth bass fishing, which is improving.
TRINITY RIVER, Douglas City-Salmon fishing improved around Del Loma with brighter fish moving in, but around Junction City it was still a mix of older and newer fish-although the fresh arrivals are increasing every day. More steelhead are showing up, too.
TRINITY RIVER, Willow Creek-Fishing for salmon and steelhead was very good with a temporary time out because of the weather mid-week. Winds dropped over the weekend and fishing for adult and half-pounder steelhead improved again for both fly fishers and spin fishermen in the Hoopa and Willow Creek areas.
KLAMATH RIVER, Iron Gate Dam-Salmon numbers continued to build, and anglers were scoring on backtrolled Kwikfish and backbounced roe. More small steelhead were showing up, too, and were being caught, as well, on nightcrawlers, back-trolled Hot Shots, and streamers swung on fly rods.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen-Salmon fishing continued to be sensational, with the only difference being that no adults (greater than 22 inches long) were being caught. It’s almost a given that an angler will catch and keep 3 jacks plus quite a few adults, which must be released.
AMERICAN RIVER-Running low and clear, but heavy rain is in the weather forecast for this week. Not many fishing reports coming in according to the Georgetown Ranger Station.
BULLARDS BAR-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. A recent club bass tournament was won with two fish for 5.05 pounds, including a 4.32-pound big fish. Two 5 pounders were caught while pre-fishing using jigs and morning dawn worms at 30 to 40 feet deep on main points. Anglers reported catching hundreds of 10- to 12 1/2-inch spots from 3 to 40 feet deep. Drop-shot worms produced the bulk of the catch.
CAMP FAR WEST-With the cooler weather, the bass and catfish action has improved. The Bear River arm was producing the catfish, while the bass were hitting in the Rock Creek arm. The launch ramp at North Shore Resort is still operational at the current water level.
COLLINS LAKE-Bass fishing showed considerable improvement as the result of a huge shad spawn-there are 100-yard wide schools of bait dimpling the surface in the evenings. Guide Larry Hemphill fished the lake this past week in the evening and caught spots weighing 2 1/4 and 4 pounds on Basstrix baits 40 feet deep over 60 feet of water. Jevon Jackson of Yuba City landed a 7-pound bass from the shore on a plastic worm. Trollers are still catching limits of trout on spoons worked 25 to 35 feet deep over the main lake channel. Jim Lewis of Fremont picked up a 3-pound rainbow from the shore near the boat ramp on worms.
ENGLEBRIGHT RESERVOIR-The lake is at 94-percent capacity. Not much to report here. Some trout were still being caught drifting bait up near Buck’s Beach and bass were hitting crawdads in the coves from Keystone to the dam.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The lake is at 63-percent capacity. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported good rainbow trout action for shore anglers using worms and Power Bait at the campgrounds. Nice macks were also being caught trolling 60 to 70 feet deep at the dam with No. 2 and No. 4 Lyman lures in a frog pattern, or jigging with a black/silver Gibbs Minnow. The Ahart campground was closed early for restroom upgrades, the rest of the campgrounds will close by Oct. 18.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 70-percent capacity. Some 15- to 20-pound macks were rumored to have been caught by trollers working No. 2 and No. 4 frog pattern Lyman lures 60 to 70 feet deep at the dam according to Will Fish Tackle. Jigging black/silver Gibbs Minnows was reported to be working also. The kokanee bite is done for the season.
LAKE OROVILLE-The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported good fishing for mostly spotted bass from 5 to 45 feet deep-the small fish are shallow and the bigger fish are deep. Topwater is still working well in the early morning or back in the shady pockets during the day. Jigs were working best in deeper water on the points and on the adjacent steep walls with the right depth determined by the level of the bait. Coho to 20 inches were hitting Sling Blade/hoochies combos for trollers in the North Fork, the Slot, but mostly at the dam and Green Bridge at 60 feet deep.
ROLLINS LAKE-Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that catfish to 15 pounds were caught this past week on anchovies at the Long Ravine overflow levee.
SCOTT’S FLAT LAKE-Cooler weather has improved the bass fishing as the fall feeding frenzy gets going. Some trout were hitting bait at the dam.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR-The campgrounds will officially close by Oct. 18, according to the Foresthill Ranger Station.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR-The Georgetown Ranger Station reported that anglers were still picking up some limits of rainbows from shore on Power Bait and worms or trolling flasher/worm combos, but lots of patience and persistence were required. The campgrounds will officially close on Oct. 16. The $7 day-use fee is waived after the campgrounds close.
THERMOLITO AFTERBAY-The lake is down to 58-percent capacity-129.9-foot elevation. At this water level, the tule banks will be virtually dry, so the bass have moved out of the coves to the outside points and the channel. Drag black/blue or brown/purple jigs along the rocks and throw spinnerbaits on the ledges at the mouths of the coves.
AMERICAN RIVER-The salmon spawning gravel augmentation project has ended and flows have stabilized back to 4,000 cfs resulting in improved fishing for salmon, steelhead and striped bass. Salmon are being caught at various locations: trolling FlatFish and Silvertron spinners in the long pool under the Old Fair Oaks Bridge, trolling in the lower end of the river both day and night (night fishing allowed only from the mouth to the Interstate 80 Bridge.) Drifting beads, roe and spinners at Sailor Bar and Nimbus Basin. Steelhead are being caught between Watt Ave. and Sailor Bar on flies, spinners and nightcrawlers, and some striped bass continued to be caught on soft swimbaits, topwater plugs and bait from Grist Mill to Sailor Bar, though most anglers are now focusing on salmon and steelhead.
FEATHER RIVER-Salmon fishing was very good around Shanghai Bend and Gridley last week, including one weighing nearly 40 pounds. Most are being caught on Kwikfish and FlatFish. Steelhead fishing continued to be good in the Low Flow Section, with spinners, roe, and nightcrawlers scoring for spin fishermen, and egg patterns and small nymphs working for fly fishers.
FOLSOM LAKE-Bass fishing still was slow last week, although, nights are cooling and the fall bite should be getting underway as bass’ appetites come back in preparation for lean days of winter. Slowly worked dartheaded and drop-shotting plastics worked over rock piles and other sunken structure from 10 to 20 feet deep continued to offer the best odds of a few bites. Try lighter smelt- imitating or darker crawdad-imitating patterns to see what’s working best.
MCCLOUD RIVER-Trout fishing has been slowly improving as weather and water conditions transition to a cooler Fall pattern.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento-Salmon fishing continued to be very good with lots of bright salmon still arriving. The best action seemed to be at and upstream of the mouth of the American River. Once again, the key to success was to be persistent, because the bite can come on at any time. Striped bass fishing was good for shore fishermen on bloodworms and mudsuckers at the Port of Sacramento and off Jefferson Blvd.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff-Salmon fishing provided easy limits for many fishermen through most of the week, but scoring limits was more challenging toward the weekend. The percentage of darker fish (albeit still with rich red fillets) increased, although plenty of fresh bright salmon continued to arrive. While some anglers were doing well backbouncing and drifting roe, backtrolling Kwikfish and FlatFish continued to catch their share.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding-Trout fishing continued to be outstanding with big rainbows sensing that lean times are on their way. Egg patterns and Glo-Bugs are rapidly becoming the lures of choice as more and more salmon are getting into the spawning mode.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER-Trout fishing improved as water temperatures dropped. Lots of large trout continued to be caught on bait lures and flies in the stretch of river running through the town of Dunsmuir. Anglers were catching nice rainbows from 14 to 20 inches on Mayfly, caddis, and prince nymphs under indicators.
YUBA RIVER-Steelhead fishing continued to ramp up, while trout fishing was still good for fly fishers dead-drifting caddis and Mayfly nymphs, as well as rubber legs under indicators downstream of the Highway 20 Bridge (The river upstream of the bridge is closed to fishing. Only single, barbless hooks may be used. While most anglers release their fish, anglers are allowed to keep a total of two adipose fin-clipped (the small fatty fin on the back just ahead of the tail fin) trout or steelhead of hatchery origin.
BOCA LAKE-The lake is at 73-percent capacity. Flows were bumped up again in the Little Truckee and big browns and macks are now following the kokanee up out of the lake to the inlet. Anglers need to keep in mind that the bigger browns are preparing to spawn and should be released if caught.
CAPLES LAKE-Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported good action on 12- to 15-inch rainbows and browns for casters working woolly buggers, ants and beetles in the evenings off the dam and spillway. John Voss at Caples Lake Resort reported a 3-pound rainbow coming out of the Emigrant Cove area on nightcrawlers
CARSON RIVER (East, West)-Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported good action on the West and East in the late afternoon/evening on orange Stimis and October caddis patterns especially below Hangman’s Bridge in the trophy trout section-some fish to 22 inches were caught this past week. Todd Sodaro at the Carson River Resort reported some HUGE limits of trout weighed in this past week-Jerry Carr of Bay Point caught a 30-pound limit on the West Carson near the Woodfords Bridge that included two 7 pounders. Heather and Tom Greci of New Orleans visited the East Carson and caught ten fish that weighed 40 pounds!! Limits are automatic on everything-bait, lures, and flies.
DAVIS LAKE-The lake is at 78-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard’s Guided Fishing reported good action trolling Dick Nites, Needlefish and J. Fair Wiggletails 8 to 18 feet deep from Honker to Lightning Tree. The rainbows are all solid 16 inchers. Shore fishing was reported to be productive at Mallard Point on Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers
DONNER LAKE-Action overall has been slow here. There’re still a few kokanee being caught but not much happening with the rainbows, macks, or browns.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON-The recent DFG plant was a big one with rainbows running 13 to 15 inches. Limits were common for everyone, even the 5-year-old kids!! The USFS announced that the campgrounds along the North Fork above Hwy 70 will stay open until the end of November. Dick Mason hit Butt Valley Reservoir and hooked another lunker trout but lost it–strong winds made for tough fishing but his clients managed to hook 8 nice rainbows on his last trip.
FRENCHMAN LAKE-The lake is at 81-percent capacity. Fishing was good at Lunker’s Point for shore anglers using nightcrawlers for rainbows to 17 inches. Trollers were doing well at the dam and to the east of the dam with Dick Nite and Needlefish spoons. The Frenchman and Spring Creek campgrounds will be closing soon.
GOLD LAKES BASIN-Not much change here-still a good bite at Gold Lake and Sardine for anglers using worms. Salmon and Packer were slow. This area is forecast to see a lot of wind and rain this week.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 68-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Not much pressure here and reports indicate slow action for trollers. Poor weather is forecast for most of this week with a chance for early snow.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR-Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported good action on mostly 12- to 16-inch rainbows using size 10 or 12 brown or black woolly buggers and leeches. Some big fish have been hooked but broke off. Anglers can expect 10 to 15 fish in an evening of casting.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR-Mountain Hardware and Sports reported good rainbow trout action for shore anglers and trollers. Flasher/spoon or nightcrawler combos trolled 25 to 40 feet deep was producing some beautiful 14- to 18-inch fish. Browns should be working their way up into the Yuba River arm to prepare for the spawn-remember to release the big ones to reproduce!
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)-The lake is at 75-percent capacity. One guy tried fishing for bass, but it was a little slow so he began drifting worms and caught several 1- to 1 1/2-pound bluegill-real lunkers in the panfish world. Trout and smallmouth bass fishing has been slow. The cold weather in the forecast should help turn things around.
LAKE TAHOE-The mack bite has been good on both ends of the lake. Mickey Daniels at Big Mack Charters reported good action trolling 220 to 240 feet deep over 350 feet of water for fish running 4 1/2 to 7 pounds on Sling Blade/Koke-a-nut or minnow combos. Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Top Liners has been limiting out on macks trolling Storm ThunderSticks 120 to 180 feet deep. After limiting out on macks, Nielsen has been taking clients over to the area in front of Taylor Creek to jig for kokanee.
LOON LAKE-The lake is at 58-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Trollers were still picking up some limits of trout, but poor weather is forecast for most of this week and it might be prudent to stay out of the area.
PROSSER LAKE-The lake is at 59-percent capacity. Some nice 14- to 18-inch rainbows were coming in for the few anglers making the effort to troll flasher/spoon/nightcrawler combos in the deeper channels up toward the inlets.
PYRAMID LAKE-Eagle Eye Charters reported a phenomenal opening day with 44 fish caught on Saturday trolling a frog FlatFish 25 to 35 feet deep in the Pyramid area in 4 hours. Joe Mendes said he had a 7-pound, 6-ounce big fish, another 7 pounder, and a 6 pounder along with lots of 17 to 24 inchers. The sheriff’s lake patrol warned boaters off the lake early due to a forecast of 40 mph winds for Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the wind was not a factor and Mendes landed 83 fish to 24 inches trolling the U-20 frog Flatfish. Most of the boaters he spoke to at the ramp or Crosby’s Lodge did very well overall for the opening weekend. Jigging 1/4-ounce marabou jigs worked well at Hell’s Kitchen for big numbers of trout and a few perch.
RED LAKE-Not much pressure here due to the road construction restrictions on Hwy 88.
SILVER LAKE-The lake is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters reported good action for casters stripping woolly buggers or using dry ants and beetles in the evening. Trolling has been very good for boaters working the shorelines 20 feet deep.
STAMPEDE RESERVOIR-The lake is at 90-percent capacity. Trollers are having a slow time of it as the bite is off for macks and browns, while kokanee fishing is done for the year. The best bet here is shore fishing or trolling for rainbows from the dam to the Sagehen arm. Trollers need to get 15 to 35 feet deep. Fly fishing can be good at the inlets of the Little Truckee and Sagehen Creek.
TRUCKEE RIVER-The main river is fishing well on small nymphs-size 18 micro-mayflies and copper Johns. Streamers were working well for the bigger browns as they begin feeding to prepare for the spawn. The flows in the Little Truckee were increased dramatically this past week and fly fishing activity is back to normal for those using small nymphs.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR-The lake is at 68-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Will Fish Tackle in Auburn reported that some big Mackinaw were caught this past week on Rapalas and copper/red Speedy Shiners.
WEST WALKER RIVER-The river is scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week. Anglers are still catching plenty of limits of DFG rainbows along with a few 1- to 1 1/2-pound Alpers and even fewer 3 to 5 pounders from the earlier North Mono Chamber plants. A fly caster caught and released a 5-pound brown this past week. The Toiyabe Motel will close by Oct. 15 for the season.
NORTH COAST LAKES
CLEAR LAKE-Big tourneys this weekend will make getting into the good holes tough. If you just want to have some fun, switch some smaller baits in the ultra light sizes and you can catch 40 to 50 fish a day, mostly in the 4- to 10-inch range but an occasional 3 to 4 pounder will blast through the small fries for a real surprise. Catfishing continues to be hot, but the fall weather will soon be here.
UPPER BLUE LAKE-The trout fishing should start to pick up again, since DFG planted, and cooler nights are bringing down the water temperatures. Bass fishing has also been good here.
LAKE SONOMA–Hit as many points as you can with a Sammy 128 in Ghost Minnow and keep moving, the bass are already in their fall feeding frenzy. In the upper arms of the lake and into the creeks are your best bets for largemouth bass and down in the main body and marina area is best for smallmouth.
LAKE ALMANOR- The fall bite is starting, so expect some excellent trout fishing. The Hamilton Branch Powerhouse is running and this area has been good for shorebound anglers from the powerhouse and up to the where the ripples enter the lake levels. Bait anglers are catching a few nice fish in the morning along the shore in Lake Cove, at the A-Frame, Big Springs, and Rec.1 using suspended crickets, mealworms and worms.
BAUM LAKE-Vaughn’s Sporting Goods in Burney reported good fishing continues here. Nightcrawlers and floating baits are still doing well, as are two-toned Kastmasters and Panther Martins. Nymphs of choice are copper Johns in red or pt’s. For dries, best luck seems to be with callibaetis cripples, but with the cloudy days, BWO’s should be a good choice.
BRITTON LAKE-According to Vaughn’s Sporting Goods, the crappie bite has definitely dropped off, although some nice ones are still being taken with persistence.
BURNEY CREEK–Vaughn’s Sporting Goods reports no changes in technique here. There’s good nymphing at the base of the falls with green copper Johns. Bait and lure fishermen are still catching trout above the falls.
CASSEL FOREBAY-Flows are back to normal. With the cooler weather and water moving, fishing should pick up. There were some reports of some nice fish being caught, mainly on flies and lures.
EAGLE LAKE–Try the Youth Camp anchored in 12 feet of water with a threaded nightcrawler down 8 feet, some days that area caught early limits. Trolling orange flies caught fish between the end of the airport and the tip of Pelican Point in 63-degree water. Fish are beginning to come around the corner to the shallower water. With a front coming in this week, you can expect the water temperature to drop into the mid 50s by next weekend, which will bring more fish north around the corner, closer to Spalding. The fish only get bigger and better from here on out.
FALL RIVER-According to Vaughn’s Sporting Goods in Burney, anglers are mainly nymphing, but there is some dry activity, especially with sun. BWO’s should be a good choice with the weather change. Otherwise, PT’s and woolly buggers seem to work consistently.
IRON CANYON RESERVOIR-According to The Fly Shop, the fishing has been great. Anglers suspending No.16 pheasant tail nymphs have the lake to themselves, with consistent action until about 2:00 p.m. when the bite shuts down.
UPPER HAT CREEK-Nightcrawler fishermen seem to be having the best luck, but Rooster Tails and other spinners can result in some decent fish. Salmon eggs and Berkley Power eggs are also working.
HAT CREEK (wild trout section)-Vaughn’s Sporting Goods reports nymphing was best with fishermen doing okay on the stretch just below the powerhouse. Anglers found good results with pt’s and copper Johns. Callibaetis cripples are working, but watch for BWO’s on cloudy days.
McCLOUD RIVER-The Fly Shop reports Insect hatches of caddis, baetis, pale evening duns, blue wing olives and a few October caddis have signaled the outset of the Autumn season here. The fishing is good, with the best bite in the cool morning hours, subsiding mid day and then picking up again in the early evening.
PIT RIVER-Fishermen are doing best with black stones, copper Johns in red and birds nest in larger sizes fished on the bottom. There have been good reports from the few fishermen braving the increased flows. Be extremely careful of slippery rocks here and wear your PFD’s. There’s road work and improvements along the Pit River. Road closures of two plus hours are possible between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The road will be open over Columbus Day weekend and Veterans Day weekend. Beware of the truck traffic along the road that parallels Pit No. 3. These trucks take up the whole single lane road. Finding a spot to pull over could mean backing up a ways.
SHASTA LAKE- Sling Blades, Wiggle Hoochies, Paddletails and Humdingers were all working in blue or white shad colors for consistent trout fishing as we move into fall fishing. As soon as the lake turns, the bass bite will also turn on for topwater tackle.
TRINITY LAKE-This little sleeper lake has not been so sleepy lately. A second monster king salmon was caught this past week by the dam, 80 feet down on a Silver Streak Screwball salmon spoon about 3 feet behind a UV Sling Blade. This one weighed 8.14 pounds.
BERKELEY-The Happy Hooker ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday finding a mix of rockfish, halibut, striped bass, salmon, and even a 40-pound thresher shark. The rest of the fleet reported fair to good action on salmon trips, with one around and some limit days from up the coast around Duxbury. Rockfish trips were limit affairs, along with bonus lingcod.
BODEGA BAY- The New Sea Angler continued with combo trips, finding a few salmon, rockfish limits and up to 14 lingcod, that count coming on Saturday when a group of 39 anglers fished the Fort Ross area. Some great quality vermilion and copper rockfish highlighted the bottomfish catch. Big salmon of the week weighed 20 pounds.
EMERYVILLE-Salmon and rockfish dominated the catch, with a combination of mooching and trolling trips scoring kings to 32 pounds. “This has been one of the best Septembers we’ve ever had for salmon,” said Craig Stone at Emeryville Sportfishing Center. The boats offered a mix of mooching and trolling trips, with the New Seeker scoring salmon limits for a group of nine anglers mooching on Tuesday. The weekend action dropped off to about one around on the salmon trips, but some hogs were boated including a 32 pounder caught on the Talisman. Nice fish sure, but the real lunker was a 98-pound thresher shark boated on the C Gull II on Thursday, that fish hitting on a salmon trip.
EUREKA-A slow week for the most part, but on the weekend, some of the private boats ran for tuna. Only two kept going through the bumpy ocean the 80 miles to the warm water, but they were rewarded by 7 on one boat, and 5 on the other. The boats that stopped short tried the Cape for rockfish, but currents were ripping, and the fishing tough. Sunday’s efforts focused on the rockfish due to offshore weather and a worsening forecast, but the Reel Steel managed 4 limits of rockfish from Cape Mendocino.
HALF MOON BAY-Still great rockfish action with the occasional lingcod boxed from spots like San Gregorio and Pescadero. Most of the salmon action went north, and sometimes the boats will run up to fish the Marin Coast.
SAN FRANCISCO-Captain Erik Anfinson on the Bass Tub said they couldn’t get enough anglers for a tuna trip mid-week, but Saturday’s trip targeting the Marin Coast and the bay found half limits of rockfish, 4 lings, 4 halibut and 15 striped bass for 20 anglers.
LOCH LOMOND-Captain Jim Cox of Jim Cox Sportfishing decided to use his birthday for a personal salmon trip, “haven’t been out for my own fish in ages!” he said. Along with two friends, Cox scored limits of kings and was back in port by 1:30 p.m. On board the Morning Star, Captain Gordon Hough said the halibut were cooperative, and his anglers caught fish to 17.5 pounds fishing Southampton and Alcatraz. In addition to about one around on the bass-‘but combo scores, anglers caught rockfish and lingcod.
POINT SAN PABLO-Captain Frank Miller went on a charter trip and fished with pal Captain Don Franklin on Soleman, hooking a nice halibut. The group also caught a couple king salmon, said Miller. He’s got sevengill shark trips and live bait potluck trips scheduled.
SAUSALITO-Pig salmon time for the fleet, with several kings in the 20-pound and up class. Martha Vasquez of Novato still holds the big fish of the season spot for the Golden Gate charter fleet with her 45 pounder caught on the Hog Heaven a couple weeks back, and she caught another lunker weighing 25 pounds fishing on the same boat at Muir Beach.
SHELTER COVE-Tuna were around for private boaters, and in some cooler water. T Acres scored 10 albacore, all toads, in 56-degree water.