Strong offshore winds have been a major detriment to the start of the salmon season off the Central Coast.
The Saturday opener had these results: Virg’s Landing, Morro Bay, 14 passengers caught two legal salmon; nine anglers out of Patriot Sportfishing returned to port with two fish; 17 private boats were dispatched from the Port San Luis Boatyard launch and only three salmon were in the catch.
Winds kept salmon seekers on shore until Wednesday. Then, the eight passengers on a troll-only salmon trip out of Virg’s returned with four keepers to 12 pounds. Five other fish were hooked but lost. Larry Gott of Long Beach caught the big fish.
Patriot had a combo sanddab and salmon trip. The 10 anglers caught 97 sanddabs, but no salmon. Five boats were launched from boatyard facilities, and four salmon were caught.
Results from boats launching from Morro Bay’s public launch facilities were not available at column deadline.
Cachuma trout derby
With 300 reservations already in for the 18th-annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby, Julie McDonald is expecting a final total of as many as 700 participants. The 18th-annual event is the major fundraiser for The Neal Taylor Nature Center at the lake.
The adult registration fee is $40. Cost for children ages 4 to 10 is $10. To receive a registration form in the mail, call the Derby hotline at 693-8381 or visit www.trout derby.org. Competition begins at 6 a.m. April 20 and ends at noon April 21. The awards program will be held at the Fireside Theater beginning at 1 p.m. April 21.
Cash prizes amounting to $5,000 will be up for grabs, plus thousands of dollars worth of merchandise prizes. Certain prizes are designated for children and teenagers. All participants age 16 and above must have a California fishing license. They will be available for purchase at the marina.
The Calaveras Trout Farm will make a 4,000-pound trout plant April 18. Nearly 250 fish will be tagged. The participant catching the fish with the highest numbered tag will earn the grand prize of $2,000. The person catching the longest trout will win $1,000.
Santa Margarita Lake
Over the weekend, a young San Luis Obispo sister and brother combined efforts to reel in a 3-pound, 5-ounce bass.
Alaya Hartford and brother Vinn caught their first fish using a nightcrawler for bait. They were fishing across the lake from the marina. Alaya hooked it, and Vinn finished the deal. Marina operator Don Lopez estimated Alaya as 12 years old and Vinn as 9. Most of the bass being caught are by drop-shotting, Lopez said. Crappie also are making a belated appearance.
Dave Rymal, reporting from Heritage Ranch, said Martin Rowley caught at least 50 white bass and 15 nice spots Monday. He was using Real Image lures and motor oil-colored grubs. Warm weather is spiking the number of fishermen on the lake.
The reservoir, which is coming off two productive seasons, will open April 27. The Wednesday-through-Sunday fishing days will continue. The facility is closed to anglers Mondays and Tuesdays. In 2012, the 681 anglers caught 124 trout. No fish were caught only twice during the 30-week campaign. In 2011, trout catches totaled 130. There were 442 anglers. Only twice during the 29-week season were no fish caught.
A 4,000-pound plant of Nebraska “tail walkers” improved trout fishing early last week. That plant came from the Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch. The best action took place from shore at Marina Point. Just about all baits and lures were getting bit. High winds plagued trollers later in the week.
“Bass fishing has been inconsistent but should get better once the winds lay down,” marina manager Ken Hemer said. Crappie and catfish were showing up in numbers prior to the winds and should rebound once the weather improves.
Lake San Antonio
The marina is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and closed Monday through Thursday, according to the message on the marina phone line.