The fishing and weather remain excellent as we continue to enjoy one of the best seasons for angling in recent record. Both the inside fishery for local mature Conuma River Chinook, and on the outside at Bajo reef and beyond remains steady and hot for all runs of wild Pacific salmon and all species of bottom fish. As the daylight hours begin to decrease and the smaller more mellow tides of the summer settle in, boaters are enjoying easier and more consistent access to the outside bounty that awaits them. Coho, Chinook, Halibut, Ling cod, and Rock fish are all readily available to those willing to put in the time and effort to target them.
The local Conuma fish are holding in all the traditional spots; Hoiss Point, Strange Island, Beer Can Bay, Camel Rock, Three Bay, and “The Wall” are all producing fish daily. Early mornings until 10 am-ish, and then again in the late afternoon until early evening are the most opportunistic times for inside fishing. 4 to 6 inch spoons, 5 to 6 inch Tomic plugs, flasher with glow cuttle fish hootchies, and flasher and anchovy are all working well both on the inside and on the otter reef.
When targeting bottom fish try to utilize the high slack through the first two hours of the ebb, look for areas with structure where the bottom is inconstant in depth with rock and gravel up-cropping’s. With all the migratory Coho and Pink salmon heading by, bottom fish will come out of the deeper water to feed on the smaller weaker salmon, so there is no need to look for these fish in any water deeper than 120 to 180 feet.
There are some early Chino
ok and Coho opportunities in the lower staging pools of the Conuma river, at first light and in the late afternoons. Both spoon and fly fisherman have been sharing some limited success until we get more rain to push these fish further up into the system. However the same staging fish in the Moutcha Bay estuary are beaning readily taken on the same gear from small pontoon boats on a daily basis.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing,
Gibran White, Marine Operations Manager.