Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Bodega salmon fishing and rockfishing both holding steady

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 10, 2012

BODEGA BAY — Solid fish reports kept Bodega Bay area boats filled with expectant anglers. Some caught halibut and others targeted rockfish. Shoreside fishers worked sandy surf areas for perch and nearby rocky coastlines for rockfish.

Salmon fishing out of Bodega has been productive with lots of large fish but it’s been bumpy. It’s not a record-setting year, but it is decent fishing for a nice grade of fish full of shrimp and krill, the meat is bright red and full of fat and flavor.

“We’ve found that changing out our rigs from time to time has had nice results,” said Capt. Jack Marshall of the charter boat Blondie.

Capt. Rick Powers, running the New Sea Angler reported daily catches: On Monday 20 anglers found 26 salmon to 25 pounds. On Tuesday 19 fishers caught 29 salmon to 26 pounds. Wednesday’s trip saw 22 folks get 38 salmon to 23 pounds. Then on Thursday 30 people got 31 salmon to 27 pounds in addition to 265 rockfish and 4 lingcod to 27 pounds. Finally on Friday the fish went nuts again with 22 limits of salmon to 27 pounds in one hour and forty five minutes of furious activity and 165 rockfish and 9 lingcod to 10 pounds. The hotspots were Elephant Rock, Bird Rock and the Bodega Bay Whistle Buoy. In addition to the whopper list entries, great catches included; Kenny Robertson of Vallejo with a 17-pound lingcod, Kevin Dixon of Sacramento with a 26-pound salmon and Triston Nelson of Sacramento with a 24-pound salmon.

Capt. Bob Moncton, skipper of the Reel-lentless said, “Salmon fishing out of Bodega Bay continues to be excellent just 2 miles outside our harbor, with early limits most days and I even got to double dip, returning by noon with 6 limits of salmon to 25 pounds and then turning back around with a family from Arizona that was staying in town and I was back at the dock by 3:30 p.m. with their 4 limits. Fish continue to bite our rigged herring offering, but some people are using hoochie/flasher combos, Apex's, etc.”   

Shore fishing is reported to be better then average, “The perch bite is still great out in Bodega and other coastal areas with Grass Shrimp,” said Capt. Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait & Tackle in Port Sonoma. Capt. Powers noted that surf fishers up the coast from Eureka found good rockfish action in rocky coastline area north of Bodega and recommended to people that they bring along plenty of spare tackle because some will be lost to the rocks and big fish.

BIG & BRIGHT — Alex Lee oif Cloverdale shows off one of the 12 kings he and friends caught out of Bodega Bay on June 20 while fishing aboard a 25-foot Osprey trolling an anchovy and red or green Rotary Salmon Killer and watermelon Apex. They also went home with 8 rockfish apiece. Photo courtesy of Guide Jon Watson

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