Well, Liesl Didnâ€™t Listenâ€¦ to me. Look at these two wonderful king salmon that St. Helena angler Liesl Wolf-Heinemann caught on opening day. She was fishing at the deep reef off Half Moon Bay on the Pacific Pearl out of Emeryville (510-652-3403). Formerly the New Salmon Queen, its new owners have renovated the whole boat and refitted the engines for the start of the 2019 season.
Liesl is a terrific young lady â€“ and angler. But she completely ignored my April 12 reportâ€™s caution to wait a while before going salmon fishing right at opening day. Oh, well.
And, Back Up Northâ€¦ The New Sea Angler (875-3344) scored 43 salmon on opening day. They fished right out in front of Bodega in 40 fathoms. Captain Rick Powers told the Monday Hot Sheet that, with a 24-inch minimum size limit, â€śthese were all quality fish.â€ť
Heâ€™s looking to run rockfish, ling cod and salmon trips when conditions allow. Donâ€™t miss these combo trips that can send you home with a full bag of fresh and tasty protein that you caught yourself.
For all of you who like to fish from smaller boats, Mike Aughney of USA Fishing.com will have his six-pack, Reel Magic, ready to launch in about a week out of Bodega Bay. Captain Merlin Kolb will be at the throttle. Stay tuned for contact details.
Official 2019 King Salmon Season Datesâ€¦ for our area are as follows.
*Recreational angling â€“ from April 13-30, then May 18 through October.
*Commercial angling â€“ May 16-31, June 4-30, July 11-31, Aug. 1-28 and Sept. 1-30.