What we Catch
Kings are the focus for the early part of the month with thoughts starting to turn towards winter steelhead by the end. Excellent fishing can be had for both in December depending of the year and conditions.
Although less abundant than salmon, the Eureka fishing grounds offer one of the states only opportunities at pacific halibut. These are the same species that are found in Alaska and aren't to be confused with the smaller california halibut which are more common in the state. Pacifics average around 40 pounds and every year fish near 100 are landed.
Cape Mendocino 20 miles to the south is legendary for it's old growth bottom fish. The lack of fishing pressure along this remote stretch of coast makes for extremely healthy populations. A jig and a shrimp fly bounced along the rocky pinnacles will bring up big snapper 2 at a time and large swimbaits will boat lingcod that can run as large as 40 pounds.
While tuna opportunities are limited, when conditions are right the fish can be found as close as 15 miles off our coast. Trolling lures to locate schools and then tossing live bait can produce enormous catches. When tuna are hungry and ready to bite the action is nearly nonstop.
In the months of November and December we offer 2 hour crab specials. We maintain a string of traps that almost always yield limits of big, tasty crab. Due to the fact that the local commercial season isn't open yet at this time it can be the only to get it locally.