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Night & Day: North Bay fishing holes to try

Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:21 p.m.

English writer Samuel Johnson once remarked, “Angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.”

Be that as it may, the ancient rite has been passed along for generations. Here are a few places in the North Bay where you can dangle a line and reel in a good fish story, if nothing else.

If you've got a young angler in training, the experts at King's Sport & Tackle in Guerneville recommend Riverfront Regional Park in Healdsburg, where you'll find two lakes stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish. The family-friendly fishing hole is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily.

You can access the Russian River as well, through a trail between the two lakes, but fishing rules are different there. Barbs must be pinched and you can only use artificial lures, no live bait.

In Bodega Bay, it's been a banner year for California king salmon.

“The fish are right in front of the harbor in about 200 feet of water,” said Victor Gonella, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, a coalition that protects and restores habitat in the San Francisco Bay-Delta region. “Fish in the 20-pound class were common last week.”

Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing said some of the fishermen walked off his New Sea Angler boat last week with a catch worth nearly $1,000.

“I think it's going to be one of the most productive salmon seasons that we've seen in many years,” he said. “The fish are huge.”

When the salmon aren't biting, Powers goes after rock cod and ling cod, Dungeness crab and California halibut.

With his new boat, the 56-foot Surf Scooter, Powers can offer multi-day excursions for albacore and tuna, salmon and rock cod. The custom charters will provide gourmet meals and overnight accommodations.

For information: www.bodegabaysportfishing.com or 875-3495.

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