BODEGA BAY — Boaters fishing off Bodega Bay experienced some of the top combo salmon and rockfish action that they can remember over the past week. July is typically the top month for salmon action off the Sonoma County coast port and this year has been no exception.
"We just saw one of the best weeks in my 39 years of fishing out of here," said Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportfishing, a board member of the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA). "Five days in a row produced full limits of salmon and full limits of rockfish by noon. Fishing has been phenomenal."
On one of those days, Powers scored his personal best of finishing up by 10:30 a.m. with 21 limits of salmon to 29 pounds and 21 limits of rockfish, including blacks, blues, gophers, coppers, vermilions and Chinas.
Although the salmon fishing slowed down on Sunday and Monday, anglers still found superb rockfish action. The 19 anglers aboard the New Sea Angler on Sunday returned with 8 salmon to 18 pounds, 190 assorted rockfish and 2 lingcod to 11 pounds.
The 18 anglers aboard the New Sea Angler on Monday landed 9 salmon to 23 pounds, 5 lingcod to 12 pounds and 180 rockfish while fishing off the Sonoma County Coast. "Conditions were absolutely beautiful out there the last two days, flat glassy calm," said Powers. Information: (707) 875-3495.,
On Sunday, the five anglers fishing with Merlin Kolb, co-owner and captain of the Reel Magic, caught limits of kings and rockfish.
"Mike Brooks and his old pals from high school had a great day," said Kolb. "We ran north off shore for the kings and caught the rockfish and a nice bonus ling for Danny Villareal from Suisun City at a local reef. My favorite hoochie did well set at 80;’ 120’ and 150’.
The salmon fishing slowed down Monday but father and son Walt and Caleb Campbell and Dan Stovall caught limits of rockfish and a 5’ thresher shark on Kolb’s boat. Information: (707) 875-2628.
Cat Kaiser, Fundraising and Events Coordinator for the Golden State Salmon Association, also got into the sizzling salmon action out of Bodega Bay. While fishing on Vance Staplin’s boat, she and Staplin, another GSSA board member, bagged 4 salmon ranging from 14 to 18 pounds and one halibut while fishing between 9 a.m. and noon last Wednesday.
"We trolled anchovies on downriggers at 80 feet deep in 160 feet of water off the trees and Bird Rock," said Kaiser. "I also caught a 9 lb. halibut while drifting with a jig in Tomales Bay."
San Joaquin River Stripers: Big tides and wind on the Delta have made fishing tough over the past week, but the action should improve with the smaller tides and better weather conditions this week.
Clyde Wands reported a great start to his latest striper trip on the San Joaquin River outside Antioch.
"Dave Houston and I had a double header, catching two 9 pounders while trolling Yo-Zuri deep divers at 13 feet deep, on the incoming tide," said Wands. "Then we caught a 21-inch striper also. However, the tide changed to incoming, the grass got bad and we couldn’t find any more fishable water."
Camanche Rainbows: Experienced guides and anglers are still catching rainbow trout at Camanche. Robbie Dunham of Koke Machine Guide Service reported limits of rainbow trout for two anglers while trolling Speedy Shiners in the deep water in the lake’s main body on a trip last Thursday. The top trout weighed 5.2 pounds. Information: (209) 712-6611.
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