The Fish Sniffer - Rockfish Season Ends December 31
Rockfish Season Ends December 31

Written By: David Hurley, January 3, 2014
Species: Crabs Lingcod Rockfish
Location: Bodega Bay,

Three days of hard wind and a big swell over the weekend of December 21 caused the crab to burrow into the sand. Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing said, “The crab counts dropped off on Sunday, December 22, but things should be back to normal since we have been pulling limits on 3 out of every 4 trips.”

Rockfishing is the constant with limits of nearshore rockfish consisting of coppers, vermilions, and Bolinas cod on all trips. He said, “Our fishermen are targeting the hardheads, and they are happy with the big sacks of the bottom dwelling fish which are generally larger than the school fish.”

He has been heading up north towards Fort Ross, and he put his passengers onto 30 limits of quality rockfish on December 22.

The rockfish and lingcod season from a boat will end at sunset on December 31 and Powers will run crab-only and sand dab/crab combination trips with the possibility of Humboldt squid trips. He said, “If we get the combination of water temperature and interested anglers, we will be out looking for the squid in the depths.”

The big squid haven’t shown up the past two years after several years of ‘lights out’ action. Sanddabs are a real possibility with Powers stating, “We have found sanddabs in only 120 feet of water, and I haven’t seen this in 20 years.”

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