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08-18-2005, 08:21 AM
Here is a reccently article from a paper up here for salmon in the ocean as well as the rivers. There is a little bit about bottom fishing in too:

Salmon fishermen enjoy big week
Don Terbush
For the Times-Standard
Generally speaking the hurrahs outweigh the boos by a solid margin in the informal poll on the re-opening of the ocean sport salmon season in the Klamath Management Zone.

Gisela Kinder of Johnny’s Marina labels the first three days “off and on” with some hefty salmon and halibut catches off Eureka.

Dan Hayes of Redding and his party landed nine salmon including a 30 pounder. The same day Chuck Jensen brought in a 39-pound halibut and Bob Manning a 21 pounder.

”There have been quite a few fish landed in the teens” Gisela pointed out, “and most have been caught off the stacks.”

”We’ve been busy,” reported Coral Isle charter boat owner Larry Williams. “There are shakers up to 30 pounds. We made our second trip today (Tuesday). Fishing has been spotty but it’s been worth going out. You put the time in and you’ll get fish. Most days we’ve made two trips.”

Phil Glenn, skipper of the charter boat Shellback, newly returned from Bodega Bay where he fished during the recent local shutdown. He took three clients out Tuesday who limited out with the largest salmon 19 pounds. “We fished in 26 fathoms northwest of the Whistler,” he reported. “We used herring on a crossbar hook.”

Bottom fishing remains very good but the salmon has been slow, according to a report from Trinidad. Rich Hull leads the Salmon Derby with a 22 pounder. Patrick Washburn’s 21 pounder is runnerup. Karen Henning and George Bowman are tied for third with 20 pounders.

Carl Zaps 28 pounder is pacing the Lingcod Derby. Mike Davis and Keith Ervin are tied for second with 27 pounders.

Charter boat skipper Bob Ginoelhio notes from Crescent City that the water is clear but the bait left the day before the salmon opener. However, his clients got 18 lingcod up to 34 pounds. “There are a lot of nice red and blacks at the Point George reef,” he said.

”It’s wide open for salmon,” reported Ken Vallotton from Shelter Cove. “Most are being taken a couple of miles out. The charter boat Bite Me has been limiting out on two trips a day and there are fish from 20 to 30 pounds. The Viking came in with a 30 pound halibut.”

Ken went on to say that California halibut are moving in and abalone are also being taken. “It’s a virtual aquatic soup,” he added.

The wide open salmon bite remains alive at Fort Bragg as well. Anglers are being rewarded with early morning limits of fish to 25 pounds. Rockfish and lings continue to bite as well.

Salmon fishing is picking up at the mouth of the Klamath River, according to guide Rich Mossholder. Good numbers ranging from 8 to 20 pounds were landed over the weekend. Trollers scored on spinners, anchovies and Kastmasters.

Steelhead were spread out and were taking Glo Bugs and spinners. Fly fishermen were also scoring.

Willow Creek guide Ed Duggan said that he believes the spring run of Chinook is over on the Trinity River with the exception of some very late runners.

”This past week we hit the river both upper and lower sections and had very slow action with the exception of four legitimate half pounders to the boats and that is with two boats and four fly fishermen pounding the water from daylight to noon. We saw a few spring stragglers and that’s about all.

Up-river to Douglas City-Junction City the water was very clear and about 62 degrees. There were some adults down in the Hoopa Gorge but temperatures were hot.