If you like seafood, particularly fresh Dungeness crab, then you should book a crab and rock fish combo trip off the Sonoma coast before Christmas.
I talked to Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing this week who reports that the crab action is the best he’s seen in many years, with every angler on his party boat bringing home limits of 10 large Dungeness crabs virtually every trip.
In addition, his clients are also bringing home limits of 10 delicious rock fish plus near limits of ling cod.
You can fill an ice chest with your catch and bring home a delicious holiday feast for a large gathering.
Call Rick at 875-3344 to book a trip before Christmas.
Inside San Francisco Bay, particularly in the northern part referred to as the “sturgeon triangle,” big tides starting today (Friday) will be excellent for sturgeon fishing. Striped bass are also biting right now. The triangle area is marked by China Camp, the Pump House and Buoy 5. Keith Fraser and Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael is the resident authority on where and how to fishing the bay. He also has a good supply of live shrimp and other baits for bay fishing. In addition, Keith books bay fishing party boats for those who don’t have their own boat. Call him at 415-456-0321.
There is a rock and roll concert at Slims in San Francisco Saturday that is a benefit for Cast Hope, which offers at-risk children a chance to experience fishing. The bands include The Reverend Petyon’s Big Damn Band, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Travis Hayes and Royal Oaks.
The latter is a band in which fishing kind Hogan Brown plays. He also guides fly-fishers on the Sacramento, Yuba and Feather Rivers.
I have no idea how good of a musician Hogan is, but he is a darn good guide. Call him at 530-514-2453. His website is hgbflyfishing.com.
Now is the time to watch the winter steelhead rivers like the Trinity and Klamath. Depending on the flows, the water will be fishable and the steelhead will be on the move. Even the Russian River may have some fish by next week.
If you are looking for an easy place to take your kids or grandkids fishing over the Christmas holidays, Santa Rosa’s Lake Ralphine in Spring Lake Park just got planted with a load of rainbow trout.
You can also fish for striped bass off the bank near Cuttings Wharf on the Napa River.