Father’s Day, June 17, marks the opening of ocean salmon season off Sonoma County’s coast. Normally already open, it was delayed due to low fish counts earlier this year.
Capt. Rick Powers, of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing, said this week that he is seeing good signs that the salmon are present and that they’re feeding actively right now. In fact, in the last several weeks while his party boat clients have been bringing in full limits of rock fish and plenty of lingcod, they’ve also hooked and released several salmon, which is a strong indicator that the salmon opener ought to be pretty good
Rick is taking reservations for salmon/rock/lingcod combo trips for that date and beyond. The cost for a full day of fishing is $130 per person and includes the bait.
Currently Rick’s clients have been bringing home full limits of rock fish, lots of lingcod, plus near limits of Dungeness crab.
This is a time to bring an ice chest. Call Rick at 875-3344 for more information and to book a trip.
The bay was pretty windy over Memorial Day weekend, but halibut and striped bass action is still excellent. Call Keith Fraser, 415-456-0321 at the Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael for the latest conditions and to reserve a spot on a bay fishing party boat.
If you don’t want to go out on a boat, there is good fishing off the Paradise Park pier on the Marin shoreline.
Trout fishers have lots of choices as long as they don’t mind driving a few hours. My favorite spots are on the upper Sacramento River near Dunsmuir, where Bob Grace at the Ted Fay Fly Shop reports fair to good fishing with the water running at about 400 cfs, which is a good, strong, clear, flow. Bob can also hook you up with a guide if you are not familiar with that river. Call him at 530-235-2969.
Guide Hogan Brown has switched from trout and steelhead to concentrate on shad, largemouth bass and stripers on the Sacramento River near Chico. He has some dates open. Contact him at 530-514-2453 or check out his website at hgbflyfishing.com.
Finally, my friends Jim and Rachel Andras are your best connections if you want to head into Oregon. Rachel’s fly fishing camps for kids are a wonderful gift for your fly-fishing youngster or grandchild.
Rachel also teaches fly-casting and offers special classes for women.
Jim, who is the best fishing guide I’ve ever fished with, is taking reservations for fall steelhead on the Rogue and his dates are filling up fast. So if you want a great day on the Rogue, better call now. Andras Outfitters 800-488-5794.