FISHING REPORT ROUNDUP WITH ERIK LANDESFIEND: WEEK OF 3/10/2022

ROCKFISH BITE WHEN WEATHER COOPERATES

It’s been another week of hit and miss weather and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon, so I’m going to start this week with a weather report. Starting up north, the weather looks sport boat fishable at Rosa and Miguel on Saturday, but I wouldn’t make the run in a skiff. After that, except for a brief break on Monday, it’s going to blow up there all of next week. Things aren’t looking much better for Santa Cruz and Anacapa, but you might be able to find a spot to fish out of the wind if you get lucky.

San Nic is going to get hit as hard as the northern islands and while there’s a little less wind forecast at the Dirt Clod, the fishing is never good enough there to justify making the run if the wind is blowing. San Clemente Island looks good on Saturday, bad on Sunday, and good again on Monday, before getting windy midweek. Catalina is sitting just inside the worst of the wind and looks fishable every day except Wednesday. The weather along the coast from Santa Barbara to below the Mexican border will be fine all week.

In regards to the fishing, the bad news is that the best fishing has been happening in the areas that are going to be hardest hit by the wind. My friend Jay Jones made the run to San Miguel on his boat on Tuesday and reported easy fishing for limits of big reds with some bycatch of quality sheephead and lingcod. Once the weather straightens out for a few days, I’m definitely going to bite the high gas price bullet and haul my boat up there as well.

Boats fishing San Nic this week have been loading up on big rockfish and there are a few yellows biting there too. At least they were before the wind blew, it will be anyone’s guess if those fish will still be in a biting mood once it stops. Speaking of yellows, there are a few swimming around at Catalina as well. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing caught one earlier this week to go along with limits of bonito and some rockfish. The rockfish bite at Catalina isn’t the best, but it’s probably better than most of the stuff you find along the beach right now.

Regarding the bite along the beach, it’s pretty easy to go out and find some rockfish that are willing to bite, the tough part is finding the species and size you are looking for. The sportboats fishing along the beach are mostly doing so in very deep water but private boaters can get away with fishing shallower if they can find small isolated spots that don’t get sportboat fishing pressure. My plan this weekend is to check out a new area out of Long Beach to see if I can find some rockfish that are willing to bite a jig or slug. I’m guessing that the fishing will probably be on the tough side, but it will be fun to go exploring. That’s about it for this week. Hopefully you get the chance to go out and have some fun on the water as well. Just make sure to keep a close eye on the weather forecast before heading out!

Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...