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North Coast salmon boats chomping at bit

By Frank Galusha
05/05/15 -- North winds to 20 knots, waves 8 or 9 feet high at 10 to 13 second intervals are keeping the salmon charter boats in the harbor at Eureka now but there are signs better weather and fishing are ahead for the weekend.

Ian Kramer, captain of the ‘Cuervo’ of Joli Time Sportfishing ( was out on Monday, May 4th with three passengers and ended up taking two nice salmon in the 12-15 lb. class plus a few silvers (which have to be released). Kramer said he fished a broad area in front of Eureka but ended up finding the fish directly out from the Humboldt Bay Bar. They got their fish on the wire in 60-70 feet of water. Later in the day at about 200-foot mark they caught a 24½ inch Pacific halibut (5-6 lb. range), while trolling OTW. This was one of the first reported out of Eureka. Another butt may have been taken the same day. Kramer has two seats open for Pacific Halibut on Saturday.

 Bodega Bay angler John McKeller with 22 pound king taken on Sunday. Water temp 49 was degrees. We saw krill on the screen. Did not see much other life, but heard reports of birds and whales along the 60 fathom line.
John McKeller with 22 pound king taken on Sunday out of Bodega Bay. Water temp was 49 degrees. Krill on the screen. Reports of birds and whales along the 60 fathom line. Eureka skippers and anglers are hoping more fish are headed their way. Photo courtesy of 'LuckyDog'

All the other Salmon Charters such as Reel Steel, Fishy Business and Shellback caught one to two fish each. On the whole, the fishing has been about one third as good as last year but the weather has been miserable and the water is also cold, about 49 degrees at the surface. According to MyOutdoorBuddy columnist, Larry Ellis of Brookings, that’s too cold (see On Oregon Waters). .

Fishing was about the same all the way up to Crescent City. The fish have to be somewhere beyond where the Eureka boats have been able to fish due to heavy seas, water temperatures or bait availability.

The place to fish now seems to be out of Bodega Bay or Fort Bragg. There’s huge body of fish there according to reports and some very nice fish to 22 pounds were taken there on Sunday.

The weekend weather ahead looks very promising – let’s see if the salmon give away their presence to some of the many boats that will be looking for them.

To book a trip with Ian Kramer on the ‘Cuervo’ call 707-362-5866 or email him at Also, don’t overlook the fact that better weather may allow the boats to target Pacific Halibut. The first increment of the halibut season is from May 1 to May 15. Fishing for Pacific Halibut will be allowed from June 1 to June 15, July 1 to July 15, August 1 to August 15 and in September and October or until the quota is met at which time the season will close.

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