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July 28 2005
Current Report: Klamath fishing pretty good
The Klamath is fishing pretty good. The mouth is the place to be to land some nice chrome king salmon. Every body is getting easy limits of kings as the tides move in and out. Most boats are landing 5 or 6 fish on the incoming tide. The steelhead fishing has been fantastic when the bite has been on and very slow on some days its kind of a hit it right and you can catch 20 summer steelies and if its a bad day 3 or 4. Thanks Tim King
Sport salmon fishing beginning to heat up
The word hot is used in a lot of different ways these days. For our purposes it refers to the weather inland and to sport salmon fishing at Shelter Cove.
"We've had limits of salmon by noon for the past two or three days," reported Tami Savage from Shelter Cove. The Chinook range from 15 to 32 pounds and most are being taken south of the Whistler. Bottom fish are no problem and crabbers are also doing well.
"It's still a little rough with 7 to 8-mile an hour winds and some fog which keeps it nice and cool," Tami added.
Greg Rice of Bucksport Sporting Goods says abalone divers are getting revved up for the re-opening of abalone season on August 1st and salmon season on August 14. Meanwhile, anglers are taking lingcod and bottom fish from the bay, although it was a rough water situation Wednesday.
The charter boats have been coming in with limits of bottom fish off Trinidad, said Bernice Butterfield. They've been concentrating on the Redding Rock area. The latest Lingcod Derby began July 22 and concludes on August 21.
Charter boat skipper Bob Ginoelhio echoed the rough water lament off Crescent City and added that it's been 3 days since hes been out. However, in earlier trips he's hooked and released at least one salmon, he said. Bottom fishing remains excellent.
Meanwhile, despite the heat, anglers continue to score quite well on the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
Fishermen are getting salmon on the a.m. and p.m. tides at the mouth of the Klamath, according to guide Rich Mossholder. Most of the fish are nine to 10 pounds with an occasional 30-pounder. "It's the start of the fall run," Rich pointed out.
Quite a few half-pounders up to adult steelhead are being landed up to Blue Creek. Spinners and flies are doing the job on the on the steelies. Spinners, anchovies and the Rogue Special are effective against the salmon.
The Trinity River is back to summer flows of 450 cubic feet per second until about August 28, points out Willow Creek guide Ed Duggan.
Fishing has been slow around Junction City but better down by Del Loma, according to Ed. "Most days you've had to start fishing by 5 a.m. and be off the water by noon. It just flat out gets hot after that."
Upriver in the Douglas City area fishing for springers was as hot as the weather in the early mornings, but slowed down some with a full moon coming out about 3 a.m. Tuna balls, tuna/roe mix or roe have been doing a good job for the bait side. Spoons and spinners in the smaller sizes have been getting some good results. The river is crystal clear in some sections so you have to reach out in front of the boat.
Ed adds that "with the Trinity back to regular summer flows I would expect to see some shad show up around the Hawkins Bar area, but to date I have not heard of any being landed. Down in the lower section of the river there are still fresh fish entering the river. Working the deep holes for salmon in the early morning or in the late evening is your best bet. Roe seems to work best."
Even though the July 16 salmon opener from Red Bluff downstream was slow and the fish counts at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam are down, the opener on the lower Sacramento River near Sacramento was one of the best ever seen. As of July 10 there have been 1,336 salmon pass over the Diversion Dam compared to 1,778 for the same period last year. Most knowledgeable anglers and guides are able to get 1 to 3 fish each day.
Salmon fishing above Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Deschutes Bridge upriver will open August 1.
Trout fishing on the lower Sacramento River from Redding down remains awesome. Most drifters using Glo Bugs are catching plenty of wild rainbows up to 4 pounds. There are still large schools of shad in the Red Bluff to Chico area.
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