August 18, 2016    Headlines

Salmon Munching
Halibut, Rockfish and Lings All Biting

Salmon Closes Wednesday 8-16/ Pacific Halibut and Rockfish all Open
The salmon is closed after August 15th and reopens on September 1st through the 5th. The action is past week has been solid despite the sloppy weather. Tony on the Shellback reports they have been seeing a solid fish per rod to limits every day this week. On Sunday 8-14 he reported 10 salmon for 6 anglers of fish running from 10 to 20 pounds. Tony will be running Lost Coast rockfish and ling trips through August 31st and will resume salmon fishing for the first few days of September. He will then start running the every popular Klamath river steelhead and salmon trips in September. These trips will be on his custom jet-sled on the lower Klamath river.
Gary Blasi reported Monday 8-15 that he was forced to cancel due to rough weather. He had regular clients traveling a long distance and he didn't want to risk them driving 300 miles to sit at the dock. Gary will be running pacific halibut trips September 1-15th and salmon trips September 1st to the 5th. With his own line of jumbo tails "Fat Boy" he has been seeing up to 4 halibut per day this past week.
matt on the Fishy Business has been seeing a solid fish per rod to limits of salmon this past week. Matt will be offering both Lost Coast rockfish and ling trips as well as pacific halibut. The halibut quota is only have filled and looks to last through September.  The halibut season reopens September 1st

The salmon bite remains solid with limits and near limits of salmon on tap. On Wednesday Gary on the Sea Weasel reported on fish shy of salmon limits but added a couple of bonus juvenile thresher sharks to the 40 class as a delicious bonus. It's been limits and near limits of salmon on most days that the weather cooperates. The salmon are BIG with most running 12 to 18 pounds. The salmon season closes on August 15th and reopens on September 1st. Boats will be targeting rockfish and lings August 16th to the 31st.

On Sunday 8-8 Gary on the Sea Weasel was head home by 8 AM with limits for 6 in the box. Matt on the Fishy Business and Tony on the Shellback also have been reporting limits or near limits of salmon all this past week. The hot bite is from just outside the jaws to 3 miles out with boats working over a combo of anchovies along the beach and krill on the outside. It's been this way all week and most of this season with limits by noon on most days and just a few slow days in the mix. The salmon season is open through August 15th and reopens on September 1-5th. Boats will be targeting halibut, rockfish and lings August 16th through the end on the month. Tony on the Shellback will begin his Klamath river salmon and steelie trips in September.

he opening dates for salmon are as follows.
May 16 through May 31, June 16 through June 30, July 16 through August 16, and September 1 through September 5.

The Pacific halibut season is open
May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15 and August 1-15.

The rockfish season opens on May 15th

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