SAN FRANCISCO — If you want to hook big, bold Chinook salmon outside of the Golden Gate, now is the time to do it. The boats from Half Moon Bay to Bodega Bay have been returning with limits of salmon every day, weather permitting, since the season began on June 17.
The 25 anglers on a half day trip aboard the Bass Tub on Sunday landed limits of salmon to 22 pounds, Captain Aaron Anfinson reported.
“Because of rough weather, we decided to fish the calmer seas off the Marin County Coast,” Anfinson said. “We picked up the salmon at a variety of depths, from as shallow as 12 feet to as deep as 60 feet. We were done by 10 a.m. with limits of kings averaging 10 pounds each.”
On a couple of trips where the anglers limited out trolling for salmon early, Anfinson went back into the bay to target halibut and bass. “One trip produced limits of salmon and nine halibut for nine anglers, while another trip yielded limits of both salmon and striped bass for 12 anglers,” he said. Information: (415) 456-9055.
On Monday, the New Easy Rider out of the Berkeley Marina reported 25 limits of kings to 22 pounds. “The fish were even biting on the mooch,” said Captain Joey Gallia, referring to the mooching method that works best when the salmon are concentrated in large numbers. Information: (707) 422-2050.
Other salmon boats reported limit salmon action on Monday, according to the Golden Gate Fisherman’s Association:
The C Gull II (Emeryville) returned with 17 limits of salmon; Chasin Crustacean (Sausalito), eight limits of salmon; Hog Heaven (Sausalito), 20 limits of salmon; Lovely Martha (San Francisco), 31 limits of salmon; New Captain Pete (Half Moon Bay), 20 limits of salmon; New Rayann (Sausalito), 24 limits of salmon to 21 pounds; New Sea Angler (Bodega Bay), 22 limits of salmon to 27 pounds; Outer Limits (Sausalito), 24 limits of salmon to 24 pounds; Right Hook (Berkeley), seven limits of salmon; Salty Lady (Sausalito), 31 limits of salmon to 25 pounds; Sundance (Emeryville), six limits of salmon; and Wacky Jacky (SF), 17 limits of salmon to 25 pounds.
The anglers that fished live bait inside and outside of San Francisco Bay on Monday also experienced top-notch action on striped bass and halibut, as well as nailing rockfish and lingcod.
The California Dawn (Berkeley) reported that 32 people landed 50 halibut to 25 pounds, 32 limits of striped bass, 25 rockfish and one lingcod Monday. The six anglers aboard Flash (SF) landed 5 halibut and six limits of stripers; while the 26 people on the New Huck Finn (Emeryville) bagged 234 rockfish, 26 limits of striped bass, and 15 lingcod.
River King opener: Anglers on the Sacramento, Feather, American and Mokelumne rivers are hoping that the superb ocean salmon fishing so far this year will translate into improved salmon action this season on the rivers.
The season on these Central Valley rivers will open on Monday. The bag limit will be only one salmon per day and two in possession. For more details, go to: http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/18CASF_LR.pdf
North Delta smallmouth bass: This is the time of year when smallmouth and largemouth bass both provide outstanding light tackle action in Sutter, Miner, Steamboat and other sloughs. Use jigs, swim jigs and crawdad crankbaits early and late in the day for the best success. Information: (925) 234-4694.