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Written By: David Hurley, March 20, 2014
Location: Bodega Bay,
The long winter period of doldrums without fishing other than sanddabs, Dungeness crab, and surf perch is nearly over with the anticipated announcement of the opening of the ocean salmon season starting April 5, as the Pacific Fisheries Management Council will be adopting 2014 salmon management alternative on Thursday, March 14 during their meeting in Sacramento.
There is reason for optimism with a full season expected, and the only issue remaining is the legal size of the salmon at the start of the season. Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing had reason for optimism, stating, “Things look pretty juicy out there northwest of the Cordell Banks in 340 to 350 feet in depth with commercial black cod anglers reporting spots of krill, crab larvae, and thousands of murres in the area, so there is a lot of feed around.”
He turned over his crab pots on a recent trip for 8 limits of Dungeness crab to 2.5-pounds, stating, “They were all big whoppers. I still have 60 pots out there, and we will pull the pots on occasion during salmon season.”
Surfperch fishing continues to be solid from the area beaches north of Bodega Bay, and Powers added, “One of the deckhands from Emeryville came up and put in quick limits of redtailed surfperch along with kelp greenling and a few rockfish north of Salmon Creek Beach along the rocky shore.”
Anglers are advised to make their campground and party boat reservations soon for opening weekend.
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