May 26, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Still Biting

 Eureka is currently "Salmon Central" and once again is the top producer on the entire coast. The bite is not wide open but it has been steady and giving up far higher numbers over the past three weeks. Over the weekend sixpacks saw scores of a fish per rod to early limits mainly fishing from 5 to 12 miles south of the harbor and as far down as the Eel River mouth. On Tuesday 5-26 Tony on the Shellback reported that the krill and whales are back and so is the steady pick action. They ended the day with 9 salmon for six anglers. they were trolling down south and all their action was deep at 80 to 200 feet on the wire.
Gary chimed in a bit later to report 7 salmon for 4 anglers. Gary said the whales and the conditions are all there. The krill so some reason was deep and they hooked most of their fish at 150 to 200 feet. They also released several silvers. The weather is good and Tony, Matt on the Fishy Business and Gary on the Sea Weasel all have room available.

 After a handful of days of wide open silver catch and release action the kings have reappeared. On Saturday 5-23 Gary on the Sea Weasel ran south to the Eel river Canyon and reported 6 limits to 18 pounds. Gary said they saw an impressive grade with most running 10 to 14 pounds on average. The winds were light with overall great ocean conditions for anglers out enjoying the longs Memorial day weekend. All of our sponsors: Gary, Tony and Matt have space available this week.

The water conditions have changed over the past few days and local captains have moved up the hill to target fish 5 miles SW of the harbor. Gary Blasi with Full Throttle reports that the brown water, 100s of whales and easy king action off the Eel River canyon has changed to green water, little feed and the whales have moved to unknown pastures and those salmon have moved as well. On Thursday 5-21 fishing out in 200 feet SE of Eureka Gary reported great action on silvers with over 20 (many hatchery clipped) released and one king landed. They have the bait and sign that any good salmon angler would look for up a big influx of Oregon or maybe Washington silvers made up the bulk of the catch.
I have often asked why???? "if 60% of the Oregon king catch originates from the California Central Valley rivers, and Oregon saltwater anglers can retain all kings (marked or unmarked) and hatchery clipped silvers. why can't California anglers retain hatchery fin clipped silvers in California waters???" Salmon don't have borders and travel where the best feed condition are but unfortunately fishery management is controlled on land based borders instead of where the fish spend their time feeding in the salt.
(I did receive an email from a reader pointing out that California does tag some silvers including those released as part of the recovery effort on the Russian river. I do agree with his statement that those fish need to be protected we still need to find ways for anglers on both side of the border to have an equal share in the harvest)

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