FORT BRAGG
 
May 22, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Slows but rockfish and biting

Fort Bragg:
Justin Wilder of Hooked on Mendo Sport Fishing took out a combination salmon/rockfish trip on Thursday 5-21 for two salmon within an hour in front of the harbor before switching over to load up on ling cod with 8 limits of lings for passengers and crew along with 26 rockfish. He said, “It is hard to get to the rockfish will all of the ling cod out there, and if you hook a rockfish, it will be grabbed by a ling cod on the way to the boat.” They have been scoring with big scampis, and the lings are even hitting shrimp flies. They have some room on Sunday on an afternoon trip.  The commercial salmon boats are heading north towards Eureka and beyond. The bite has been slow off Shelter Cove and the hot bite off the Eel river has slowed as well.

 


Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 4
California's recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from Horse Mountain (40 05' 00" N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border.The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (38 57' 30" N. latitude), the minimum size limit is 20 inches total length. For areas south of Point Arena, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length.

For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34 27' 00" N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used, and no more than one rod shall be used per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling.

Additional ocean salmon fishing regulations for the 2015 fishing season will be decided next month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) during its April 11-16 meeting in Rohnert Park, and by the Fish and Game Commission at its April 17 teleconference. Final sport regulations will be published in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 2015 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet, which will be posted online in May.

 Three alternatives are currently being considered for California's 2015 commercial and recreational ocean salmon regulations, including season dates, size limits, bag limits and quotas. The public is encouraged to comment on any of the proposed alternatives, which can be found at the PFMC website.

CDFW reminds anglers that retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries. For complete ocean salmon regulations in effect during April, please visit CDFW's ocean salmon web page or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 

 

Fishing Reports here on the Fort Bragg page will resume when the salmon season opens in April 2015


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