The opening of salmon season off the Sonoma coast was fantastic last weekend, according to Capt. Rick Powers, of Bodega Bay Sportfishing. Rick said that he had more than 100 salmon on the trolling lines of Saturday and Sunday and, despite some breezy conditions, his clients managed to land enough to bring home an average of almost two fish a rod.
The size range averaged around 10 pounds, with many in the teens and one more than 20 pounds.
I spoke to him Wednesday while he was out on another trip and the salmon bite was very good that day, too. Most of the fishing is only about five miles SSW of Bodega Head.
Rick has openings on his party boat almost every day. Trips are $110. Call him at 875-3344.
Fishing is also excellent in San Francisco Bay right now, said Keith Fraser, at Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael, with opportunities this weekend for a “Bay hat trick,” which is a halibut, striped bass and sturgeon on the same trip. All three types of fish are providing lots of action for Bay anglers this week. Sturgeon are taking live shrimp in the triangle formed by China Camp, Buoy 5 and the Pump House. Halibut and stripers are being caught drifting shiners off Paradise, Angel Island, South Hampton and Red Rock. Stripers area also being caught on live shrimp in the same locations that sturgeon are biting. Keith books Bay party boats. Call him at 415-456-0321.