Salmon fishing in the ocean off the coast of Sonoma and Marin has been virtually scorching since June 23, the day it reopened after being closed for a month.
With the exception of a day or two since then, anglers on “New Sea Angler”, the party boat operated by Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing, have brought home limits or nearly salmon limits practically every day.
Rick offers “combo” trips for salmon and rock cod and ling for $200, and most days the salmon limits have been increased by full rock fish limits.
The 4th of July was one of his best days. The 28 anglers on board caught 52 salmon at 21 pounds, plus full rockfish limits. On Tuesday, July 5, he had a light load of just 10 anglers, and by noon they already had all the salmon limits and were working on the rockfish.
Call Rick at 707-875-3344 to book a trip.
The salmon action on the party boats leaving the Golden Gate was equally fantastic, with most reporting full salmon limits on every trip. For example, the “Salty Lady,” headquartered in Sausalito, had full salmon limits for seven consecutive days, including opening June 23. The Saturday July 2 catch included a 32-pounder.
To reserve a spot on the Salty Lady, call 415-548-0150.
Keith Fraser of the Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael, reported that two of his regular customers landed two huge salmon on a boat trip out of the bay. The biggest weighed 50 pounds, the other weighed 48 pounds. Keith says the salmon will soon be swimming in the bay where anglers will find them near Cal City (off Marin Shoreline).
Meanwhile, halibut fishing in San Francisco Bay continues to be exceptional. “It’s the best halibut fishery I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been here 49 years,” Keith said.
One of the best places to fish if you don’t have a boat and don’t want to go out in a party boat is the Marin Rod and Gun Club Pier, where Keith says it’s not unusual for fishermen to catch dozens of halibut. in a single day. Many are undersized and released, but there are also plenty of guardians.
Keith has live bait and all the necessary gear including what you need if you want to fish for salmon. Call him at 415-456-0321.
Fly anglers should look north for the best action. I saw a report from Fall River that the Hex hatch is in full swing. And the Sacramento River app also offers great fishing around Dunsmuir. There you should check with Bob Grace at the Ted Fay Fly Shop for advice on the best spots and flies to use. Bob can also connect you with a guide for the top bag. Call him at 530-235-2969.
You might consider heading even further north into Oregon, where some rivers have more water. The Caddis Fly store in Eugene is a good source of reports and guides for the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, which are fishing well right now.