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Local anglers who celebrated Father’s Day by going fishing in the Pacific off our coast were rewarded last Sunday by one of the best salmon openers in many seasons.

Party boats headed out of the Golden Gate had terrific fishing, with limits or near limits for all anglers, and the same was true for guys who went out with Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing.

Rick took his boat, “New Sea Angler,” to a spot off Tomales Point where by midday his clients had hooked more than 80 salmon and had 50 in the box. In total for the day, his 31 clients brought home 57 salmon to 28 pounds plus they stopped on the way in and added 192 Dungeness crabs to their catch. By any measure that is a tremendous day of fishing. You can book a combo salmon and rock fish trip with Rick by calling him at 875-3344. The cost of a full day is $130 per person.

Fishing in San Francisco Bay is also great right now, but it is best when the wind isn’t blowing too hard.

“The fishing has been terrific, but the weather has been crappy. Too much wind,” reported Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Bait Shop. But he added that in spite of that, the guys who have gone out are having outstanding fishing for both halibut and striped bass. He said that the tides will be much better this weekend than last and the weather reports indicate less wind. Keith also reminded me that in a few weeks, the salmon that are so plentiful outside the gate would begin migrating through the Bay, where anglers fishing off Cal City near the Marin shoreline can catch them. When conditions are right, an angler could turn a “hat trick” of limits of halibut, stripers and salmon in a single day.

To book a Bay fishing party boat, call Keith at 415-456-0321.

In land, most trout streams have good flows and reports are fair to excellent fishing. Bob Grace, owner of the Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir, said this week that the fishing on the Sacramento River near him is fair to good, with nymphing action during the day and late afternoon dry-fly fishing. The same was true for the nearby McCloud River. Bob can set you up with a guide. Call him at 530-235-2969.

The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), a coalition of salmon advocates working to protect and restore California’s largest salmon runs, this week announced a new gimmick to attract more women into fishing.

The GGSA for women only is set for Friday, Aug. 17, aboard the Salty Lady charter boat out of Sausalito. They will provide you with brunch food throughout the day, adult and non-alcoholic beverages, fun GGSA gear, a new or updated GGSA membership, and of course great prizes. GGSA’s event planner Cat Kaiser will be along to make sure everyone has a good time and to share some of the excitement she gets from salmon fishing.

Tickets are $100. To get more information and tickets go to

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