Fish Report North

January 25, 2016 Edition

Coronado Islands

Some small teen-sized yellowtail are being found on bird schools but it’s mostly rockfish that are biting. A few are being caught on surface iron but if you pick up some sardine or mackerel before going out, you’ll have a better chance at them. It can be good to soak a fly-lined sardine or mackerel while fishing the bottom for rockfish; leave the surface bait rod in free spool with the clicker on so you have a better chance of the fish committing to the bait.

Closer to shore, along the kelp beds, there are a few halibut as well as calico bass — and if you are real lucky, an errant white sea bass — that may be lurking beneath the kelp.


While the mountainous surf Todos Santos is famous for in the winter pounds, anglers at the south end of the Island continue to scratch out limits of yellowtail, as well as 1- to 3-pound bonito feeding on the surface.

When the surface action slows, lingcod and other rock fish will fill in the gaps. Closer to shore near La Bufadora, there has been a steady pick on calico bass as well as a few sheepsheads.


Sportfishing boats venturing this far south from San Diego are finding limits of yellowtail. They are much smaller than those caught in late 2015 — most of the fish are in the 5- to 10-pound class with some 12- to 15-pound fish to spice things up. Good weather and lots of time for boats to explore for a variety of good eating rockfish with most fish being taken on the yo-yo iron and dropper-loop bait rigs.

San Quintin

While weather has turned sporadically grumpy, on the good days, local boats are finding a variety of critters to catch — of course the popular yellowtail, a barracuda or two, along with a batch of red rock cod and a mako shark.

Bahía de los Ángeles

North winds persist many days and yet every few days the wind stops, and the reefs and high spots surrounding the bay hold both yellowtail and an occasional white sea bass for the persistent angler.

Cedros Island

Then there is the striped marlin recently caught by Chava and his son, Aaron, close to the island after a fight of about 45 minutes; of course, they are very happy! Not many of these are seen, much less caught, at Cedros during the year. Another reminder of the much talked about El Nino.  ,