Wednesday, May 12, 2021

North & CenCal Saltwater Fish Report

CAPTAIN ANDY MARTIN of Brookings holds a pair of tiger rockfish.

Updated May 11, 2021


BROOKINGS, Ore. — The wind blew hard during the week, but when the conditions were right, the rockfish action was wide open with limits of ling cod and a variety of rockfish taken at the Pt. St. George Lighthouse. The wind made for tough conditions for Pacific halibut, but a 47-pound flatfish was brought into the docks. Ocean salmon season opens June 12 out of Brookings, but only for hatchery Coho. King salmon may be kept beginning June 19. Redtail surferch have been biting near Crissy Field and Lone Ranch state parks near Brookings on the incoming tide.

CRESCENT CITY — When the weather cooperates, the rockfish and ling cod action out of Crescent City has been excellent along with a few Pacific halibut under 50 pounds landed outside of the South Reef. A few boats have been trolling for California halibut off South Beach, but they’ve all come up empty.”

TRINIDAD — Not much action over the weekend out of Trinidad as the wind kept the boats tied up. Last Wednesday and Thursday while the seas were calm, the rockfish bite was excellent to north of Trinidad Head. Kayakers fishing the rocky points around the bay did well too. The Trinidad launch will be in service and launching boats. Call 677-3625 for more information.

EUREKA — Another quiet weekend for the Eureka fleet as the wind continues to keep the fleet tied to the dock. The brief weather window last Wednesday and Thursday provided hope for a good Pacific halibut and rockfish season. Boats fishing north on the 50-line in 300 feet of water did very well on Halibut, with some limits reported. The boats that made the trip south to Cape Mendocino were rewarded with a variety of rockfish and quality lings. The ocean is forecast to settle down towards the end of this week.

SHELTER COVE — Jake Mitchell of Sea Hawk Sport Fishing took advantage of calm seas last Wednesday and Thursday and put together a couple days of good fishing with limits of lings and rockfish near The Hat on Wednesday and limits of rockfish, seven lings, and a Pacific halibut north at Punta Gorda on Thursday. Crabbing remains fair. Gale force winds picked up on Friday, forcing all boats to cancel weekend trips.

FORT BRAGG — The last rockfish trip by Hooked on Mendo was Tuesday, and limits of rockfish with a few lings was the score. The wind kept the boats off the remainder of the week. 180 feet is the new depth restriction, but most boats will be fishing in shallower water. Ocean salmon season begins on June 29th.

BODEGA BAY — The northwest winds blew hard throughout the week, but the 62-foot New Sea Angler was out on Saturday for limits of rockfish on Saturday along with a couple lings to 7 pounds. Earlier in the week, they had a lighter load and decided to pull the crab traps and ended up with limits of Dungeness for 6 anglers. The wind kept all smaller boats died to the docks. Ocean salmon season opens on June 26th.

GOLDEN GATE — The winds kept the boats in the bay during the majority of the week, but at least one party boats made it up the Marin coast over the weekend for rockfish. The Farallons was out of the question this week with the winds, and the best rockfishing remains far from the coastline at the northern end of the island chain. Salmon season starts June 26th, and party boats are already getting reserved in numbers.

SAN PABLO BAY — Red Rock was a hot spot for halibut and striped bass over the weekend as party and private boats were working from Southhampton to the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. There are halibut in various locations, and some of the party boats are trying to find their own water instead of following the fleet. Striped bass are moving back into the bay, and the banks from Emeryville to Crockett in the east bay have been producing linesidew with shad patterned swimbaits or jerkbaits. Sturgeon remain missing in action.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY – The wind blew throughout the week, but with the smaller tides, the halibut bite was solid in a number of locations in the central bay. For the first time this season, boats were working Crissy Field, Alcatraz, and Angel Island in addition to Southhampton Shoals and the Richmond Marina. The south bay around the Alameda Rockwall has received fresh halibut, and there are a number of large flatfish entering the bay. Boat pressure has been intense on the weekend with private boaters queuing up for a ½ mile or more at the only live bait receiver in the bay in San Francisco on the weekends. Striped bass are starting to make their move into the rockpiles. Perch fishing inside the bay ends for the season on March 31st before reopening on August 1st.

HALF MOON BAY — The salmon fishing below Pigeon Point went belly up due to high winds and commercial fishing pressure, and the salmon may be moving north into the closed area above Pigeon Point. The fish should congregate once again when the wind lays down. The best bet has been for rockfish south of the harbor along the coast or at the Deep Reef. Crabbing is fair. The local salmon season will open on June 26th and run through October 31st.

CenCal Formcharts

MONTEREY Salmon fishing fizzled this week, but could reignite any day.  There are tons of bait in the bay. Rockfishing and halibut fishing are going strong, and surfcasting  is getting better.

SANTA CRUZ Salmon slowed way down near the Soquel Hole, and the north Coast trips are hampered by high winds. Rockfish are on the chew especially on the deeper reefs.

MOSS LANDING Surfcasters are finding more striped bass from the beaches of centra Monterey Bay. A new influx of anchovies should fatten these fish up.  Salmon is slow, but halibut fishing is getting better in the area.





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