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A Solid October of Fishing

Another wonderful month of fishing.  With November approaching, we are now in wait mode for our northern coastal fisheries to pop off.  Rain is needed to make that happen and if we don’t get some significant precipitation soon, we may continue on our current schedule if the fishing stays decent...


Both bay halibut and Klamath River salmon have been lights out epic.  The big halibut have moved in and while numbers aren’t what they were earlier in the summer, limits have been had everyday easily and we’ve seen fish to 35lbs.  In fact, long time client and buddy Carl Casal has been responsible for my biggest halibut of the season....  again!  He caught a 33lber last year and put the aforementioned 35lber in the boat last Friday.  The season isn’t over, but it will be a tough mark to break.

In other news the lower Klamath River is absolutely choked with salmon.  Simply speaking, it is as wide open as salmon fishing gets anywhere in the world.  Physically speaking, there’s no way for it to be any better.  It’s clear that Fish and Wildlife missed the mark on their prediction again.  The quota for keeping adults has been met and we are now forced to release adult salmon although we can still keep jacks (fish under 22”).  There must be a better way...

Excellent Fishing All Around

It’s a good time to be a fisherman in Humboldt County right now.   I’m fishing both the lower Klamath and Humboldt Bay halibut now and both fisheries are doing very well!  I have a couple of open days for September, including this coming Thursday the 13th.  It could be for either Bay or River fishing.

Fishing is Wide Open

Halibut and bottom fishing is wide open in the bay and I don’t expect it to let up anytime soon.  There are also fish in the Klamath River, so we have a variety of of fishing opportunities right now!   I just had next weekend (August 4/5) open up on a cancellation, shoot me a call or text at 707-601-8757 to grab it! 

More Bay Halibut...

Pretty fun week plus of halibut fishing.  I’m headed north for a few days to visit my family and them I’m gonna hop right back in the salt.  My next immediate opening is Friday July 6th and its a perfect tide...

Bay Fishing Well!

I’ve started bay fishing and it’s picked up were it left off last year.  Lots of fish and still a lot of small halibut, which is great news for the coming years.  I think we are in for an extended stretch of good halibut fishing here. 

Summer Season Ready to Go!

I’m back home fresh off a family vacation and I’m ready to start fishing again!  I’m really excited about the coming summer months and it looks like were gonna get a lot of great fishing opportunities on different fisheries.  Like last year, I will fish California Halibut from now through the month of September.  I will also spend time on the Klamath river in between Halibut tides for Spring salmon (now-June), Summer Steelhead (July-early August) and Fall Salmon (Mid August-September).  Below are some pics from last Summer to get ya going..

No doubt about it, the halibut fishing should be excellent again this year.  I’m also expecting a really good summer steelhead season with low water this summer.  Also with the numbers of salmon being seen in the ocean this summer already, our fall salmon fishing should be great!  A really fun stretch of fishing awaits....

Striper Fishing off to a Hot Start

A unseasonably wet storm rolled through Northern California yesterday, blowing out the river and killing what was a wide open striper bite.  The high water will keep us off the water through the weekend at least, but when conditions settle fishing should pick up where it left off.  The good news is the water cool down the storm provided will likely ensure great striper fishing well into May.  I will now book the first week of May, so gimme a call to get on the books for some hot action.  I also have April 12/13 open (conditions permitting) and open seats on the 16th, 23rd and 30th.  We have another barn burner season shaping up....

Productive February, Lots of Fresh Fish Still Arriving

After a tougher than typical January, February was a very productive month of steelhead fishing.  While most of the month was dry, we are now getting the rain we need.  There are still plenty of new fish coming into the rivers plus we will start to see significant numbers of kelts arriving, so I expect fishing to remain good for March.  If you need a late season fix, I have space this month so gimme a call!  Make sure to take a peek (and like!) at my Facebook page Redwood Coast Fishing with Mike Stratman for more pics from the month...


Mark Walters with a teener caught on a plug..


Translucent hen straight out of the salt....


Flawless bullet caught by David Linn...


Chetco chromer put in the net by regulars Seth and his grandpa Bruce....


Jaime with one of many he caught that day...

 Perfect winter steelhead ready for release...

Perfect winter steelhead ready for release...


Lil’ Lynch with a nice one hangin’.


Papa Lynch with a beautiful hen up high..

Winter Steelhead

Its been awhile since I’ve been on the website.  If you’d like to catch up on reports, look at my Facebook page, “Redwood Coast Fishing with Mike Stratman”.   I’ll make sure to do a better job of keeping my reports up on this page, as I know not everyone is on Facebook.

Anyways, after a really slow and dry start to winter steelheading a series of storms has rolled in and fishing has picked up a bit.  I’ve been off the water the last couple of days due to high rivers but I look to start again on Monday with a extended period of dry weather.  We’ll keep ya posted.