Northern California’s ocean salmon season opened Saturday and fishing was, largely, very good up and down the coast.
With pre-season forecasts of Sacramento Fall Chinook sitting at over 800,000 adult fish this season, anglers were hoping for a positive start to the season…and that’s exactly what they got.
On the opener, Skipper RJ Waldron piloted the The Sundance out of Emeryville and started his day out at N Buoy before finding fish down south off Half Moon Bay. Once they found the kings, it was quick and easy limits.
The weather up and down the coast was very nice and boats from Shelter Cove all the way down Morro Bay got fish. The best action took place from Pillar Point on down to Monterey Bay…which is typically the case during the early going.
It’s obviously very early yet, but most anglers liked what they saw opening weekend. Many skippers also reported nice sign out in the ocean…krill, hard bait and upwelling, so things look positive indeed!
While California’s ocean salmon stocks were down in the dumps the past few years, it was an entirely different story inland. Thanks to the efforts of the DFG and organizations like Project Kokanee and Kokanee Power, landlocked salmon are thriving in more Golden State waters than ever before. Of course, they’ll never be able to outgrow or taste better than their ocean-going cousins, but these pint-sized inland salmon provide anglers with plenty of good action throughout the year.
While there are similarities between the three, each species has its own attractive qualities – and unique fishing techniques attributed to it. Let’s take a closer look at California’s Inland Salmon Slam and get to know landlocked kings, kokanee and coho a little better. Click here to read more…
As most of you probably know, I’ve been involved with a multi-agency salmon project in which I’ve been hired to capture (with rod & reel…I know, cry me a river!) Chinook salmon and then outfit them with acoustic tags so their progress upstream can be monitored and tracked.
Well, we tagged 60ish spring-run kings in May and June and now we’re onto fall-run. While fishing for falls the other day, I encountered an old friend, Chinook 14. I hooked and landed him back on May 25 on sulfite-cured eggs and then on Aug. 31 he decided to sample a sardine-wrapped FlatFish. Proof positive that catch & release works.
Take a closer look of these two pics of him with my crew member Kyle holding — it’s not often that you get to see the same salmon at various life stages. Notice how many more spots he’s developed since he was a freshie. Overall, he looks pretty good considering he’s been hanging around for three months. Now, Fourteen…get upriver and make some babies!