Fish Report (Northern Baja)

October 31, 2016 Edition
BY: GARY GRAHAM

Coronado Islands

There are very few boats fishing the islands right now and those that did are finding dirty water and slow fishing. A few big bonito are still around and the rockfish bite is not very good. Reel Adventure scored 14 yellowtail from 7 to 10 pounds mostly at San Miguel Reef plus bonito and barracuda.

Ensenada

The local fleet has continued to score on the smaller variety of yellowtail along with some nice sized bonito on the surface. Still a few calicos at the island and along the kelp beds near the shore, both north and south of town, plus there’s a good mix of bottom fish – reds, lingcod, sheepshead and whitefish making up the majority of the catch.

San Quintin

While surface action is spotty there is always the bottom fishing to turn to. Good-sized lingcod and reds are an easy way to fill your limit while the weather remains good.

Bahía de los Ángeles

Beautiful weather, 82 degrees; water temp around 80, with light winds, though on the hot side for this late in the fall. Yellowtail action still remains consistent with most fish down deep. Yoyo lures will do the trick by all reports fishing in 150 feet, but nothing trophy sized with most weighing 12 to 15 pounds.

Recently, jack crevalle have been seen feeding on bait schools on the surface. While not worth keeping for the table, they live up to their toro (bull) nickname. 15 pounds and up, these critters will leave you breathing hard.

While not many are hooked, there have been some dorado sightings around the islands, along with whale sharks in some of the small bays. Locals expect the good fishing to go until the November winds pick up and end the season.

Cedros Island

Lobster fishing for the locals has been very poor thus far at the island: Numbers are way down. Yellowtail fishing has been slow, mostly due to poor weather. Lots of wind made accessing the better zones difficult.

White seabass were around on the offshore high spot but wind has kept the boats from getting out there.

Calico bass fishing is good for smaller fish, (to 4 pounds); lots of numbers though on metal spoons and plastics fished a little deeper. Halibut fishing along the shore has improved with several in the 10 pound class caught. Juvenile white seabass are also along the shore.

The shrimp boats from the Baja coast have been found out by the island, scoring good catches of medium to jumbo size shrimp.