August 2002

Total Fish this Month:  49
Number of Species:      18
Summary:  Major change this month was a drop in water temperatures during the 3rd week from 65 to 57 degrees. Too soon to tell if it has affected the halibut catch although it doesn't appear to have made much of a difference so far. Rockfish catch rates were down in the first 2 weeks but seemed to have bounced back - perhaps due to the lower water temperatures? Grey Smoothounds and swell sharks are still being caught as well as the occasional WSB. The corbina are no longer appearing in great numbers (as of the third week) nor are they as easy to catch  but baby squid are showing up at nights under the lights. There have been reports of the occasional giant Humboldt squid appearing on the beaches.