Saturday, August 30, 2014

Allen Evans caught this 47 pound white sea bass off of Elephant Rock on Thursday. On my day off. If he wasn't such a nice guy I'd think he was deliberately trying to hurt my feelings.

Julie Helminiak sent in this picture. I don't know the story behind it, but I think this is meant to hurt my feelings.

This is what it's all about. Rodbender Sportfishing sent over these pictures of the Discovery Hills Youth Group with their rockfishing limits. We've got to get these kids out on the water and rockfishing is a great way to do it.
    The salmon fishing is slowing but the fish are still out there and worth fishing for. The usual spots still, although a little deeper (100-130 feet of water) has been working better for some. Halibut is still slow but there's still some coming from the Hog Island area, not that large on average but keepers. Jigging along the weedline with white bucktails with a bit of squid seems a little better on average that even live bait. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014



Here's a couple of pictures from Brad White.  I know that I asked for them, but I'm still jealous. The salmon is from the 16th and the sea bass is from Sunday. With the salmon scheduled to start winding down, maybe sea bass should start being a target. I figure that I can get skunked on them just as quickly as I get skunked on salmon.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Julie Johnson caught this 21 pound salmon yesterday on a trolled purple haze hootchy. With the salmon eating so many squid, it seems like a good lure to both me and the fish.



Lance Bain sent in this picture from his trip on Thursday. He caught this 40 pound white sea bass while mooching at Elephant Rock. I've heard of several large sea bass caught recently but this is the first picture I've seen. It would be nice if some of you guys could send in some pictures. Some guys like you, Tom Baty. I heard about the fish but I want need to see it. Even though it makes me jealous.

The crew of the Fish Raider 3 clobbered the salmon on Saturday. They were trolling between the Trees and McClure's Beach in about 70 to 80 feet of water, at least when I saw them. 




These are also Saturday fish. Left to right, bottom photo is Wyatt Zanardi, Wade Amaral and Travis Amaral. The south wind made it difficult to troll and and even more difficult to (successfully) mooch, but most of the boats found salmon in the usual places. There were even a few more halibut caught out in 80 feet of water off McClure's.

Also on Saturday was the 3rd Annual Merle Lawson Memorial Salmon Derby. Third place went to Travis Amaral who caught this 23 pound salmon and won $700. He was trolling south of the Trees.

Second place was Tom Brodsky with a 24.5 pound salmon for $1200. He mooched and trolled for his fish.

First place and $1750 went to Brent Johnson and his troll-caught (on a purple haze hootchy?) 28 pounder. A special prize was also awarded to Tom Brodsky for taking Gage fishing more than I did this summer. Thanks to everyone that came out and fished and to everyone that came out with great food to the potluck after. Also, thanks to the Save Lawson's Landing group for donating $900.00 towards the prize purses. And thanks to the staff here for putting up with more work while I went fishing.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Thomas Larsson of Orangevale caught this 21 pound salmon on Wednesday. He caught it mooching at the north end of McClure's Beach.

These guys limited on salmon on Wednesday. The trolled up the majority of them a little south of Elephant in 80 feet of water. Rob Sereni had the hot rod with a green Krippled Anchovy sticking most of the fish.
Tony Barnes of Sacramento caught this 24 pound lingcod while mooching for salmon with Gavin Ogilvie. It's not the salmon they were looking for, but it's a heck of a consolation prize. The salmon bite has been good at Abbott's Lagoon but if you go be prepared for a lot of close company. It's mostly mooching but there's trollers, both sport and commercial, tacking right through the middle. There's fish from the Keyholes north to the Trees but the bite is spottier. Same rules: The fish are a couple of turns off of the bottom, 50 to 90 feet of water. There's a few lings and halibut in the same area.
Ron Stahl caught this 26 pounder just off the bottom in 70 feet of water at the north end of McClure's Beach. A day too early for the derby, Ron.  Scott from Auburn came back for another visit. I told him the shiners were biting on the pier, so of course, they weren't. Scott found a school of anchovies and used those for live bait for a pair of halibut by Hog Island. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I just received this picture from Nick Bauer who is out fishing with Rob Sereni today. No message with it, but I think he means the fish are sill biting. 

Steve Werlin and friend caught their limits in a couple of hours yesterday. The first three fish came in the first 45 minutes, before they could get a second line in the water. They were trolling at the Trees next to a big flock of cormorants in 90 feet of water, 70 pulls down with a 2-pound ball. 

On Monday Rob Sereni got to watch many people catch all around him while he couldn't get a bite. Yesterday Rob and his brother got their turn to catch and limited on salmon to 31 pounds. They were trolling closer to the fleet on the upper end of Ten Mile. The bite was spotty north of Elephant (a few spots were real good for a few) but there was a more consistent bite between the Keyholes and Abbott's Lagoon in 60 to 90 feet of water. Most of the fish caught were by moochers but trolling was definitely working for a few guys. There was a limit of halibut caught by one fellow on the bar yesterday but the other boats only got bites from crabs. A few halibut were caught on Ten Mile, too.