Northern Baja Fish Report

April 18, 2016 Edition

Coronado Islands

A few yellowtail around — not much volume but if you work hard at it you can expect to score a fish or two. The Keyhole spot at North Island and the area from the Middle Grounds and down to about the Ribbon Kelp appears to be the best areas currently. However, with the unstable weather that could change.

The fish are both deep and near the surface so the dropper Loop rig and the fly line are both working. Meter around until you find a nice school and drop down on them. They will likely come up for the chum.

Try slow-trolling a sardine or mackerel while metering the deep water; this will cover both areas well.

Little hint of barracuda at the Ribbon Kelp. Although not showing every day or in big numbers, enough to let you know they are around.

Farther down the water at the Rockpile is reported to look like chocolate milk.


There are spots of fish up around Punta Banda and then again over the San Miguel Reef and spread up to about Salsipuedes:

Local boats found yellowtail on the surface and were catching them on surface irons like the Tady 45 and the Salas 7x light.

On the bottom at the reef, the lingcod and reds are biting . . . so after you finish playing with the yellows you can drop down and load up on the “good eaters.”


Nice-sized yellowtail continue to be found on the high spot. After locating the school on sonar or sounder, the fleet reports the fish are aggressive and feeding from the 180- and 250-feet bottom. When located, a ½- to ¾-ounce Slider rig with a live sardine or mackerel or a 6x jr. to a full-size 7x heavy — the Tady 4/0, depending on the drift.

San Quintin

While most of the yellowtail action has been found fishing the bottom, as the sea temperatures climb, the fish have begun to show on the surface feeding on bait schools. Live mackerel or jigs are producing well.

On the bottom, depending on the bottom structure, there are a variety of different fish. Halibut on the sandy areas, while over the rocky areas a mixed-bag of rockfish, reds, and lingcod are the most likely catch.

Bahía de los Ángeles

As the North Winds subside, locals are looking forward to the spring yellowtail run.

Cedros Island

After a winter of getting ready the sportfishing operations are just beginning their spring season. Locals checking out the local hotspots report finding good-sized halibut as well as plenty of calico bass beneath the kelp.

Gary Graham,