The Fish Sniffer - Anglers Anxiously Await April Salmon Opener
Anglers Anxiously Await April Salmon Opener

Written By: David Hurley, March 8, 2014
Species: N/A
Location: Bodega Bay,

Anglers continue to fish for sanddabs, crabs and surfperch as they get ready for the salmon opener.

Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing said, “There is a lot of bait out here, and it doesn’t look like krill. The bait has been in the same area as the sand dabs, and it has the look of schools of hard bait. If we were able to salmon fish now, I think I could find them.”

Sand dab/crab combinations are sending Power’s New Sea Angler out of the harbor on an irregular basis, but the action remained good with limits of big crab and lots of sanddabs. The tasty flatfish are still in relatively shallow water of 120 feet.

Powers is ‘wide open’ for the anticipated salmon opener on April 5th, and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council will be adopting 2014 salmon management alternative on Thursday, March 14th during their meeting in Sacramento.

During salmon season, Powers will keep his crab gear soaking for an additional option to add Dungeness crab to salmon. It will take some doing to match last season’s spectacular action out of Bodega Bay, but the opening weekend will bring long lines to the launch ramps similar to last July’s zenith.

Those on the fence regarding the opener should consider making their campground and party boat reservations soon. There will be a new six-pack operating out of Bodega Bay during the salmon/rockfish season with Captain Eric Holthouse launching North Bay Charters at


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