Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 11/25/2016
Dungeness Crab – Dungeness crab reports have been good outside of Humboldt Bay when conditions have allowed. Decent sizes and quality too.
North of the Sonoma-Mendocino county line is scheduled to open on Dec. 1. 2016. Commercial fishermen are allowed a 64-hour gear setting period before the season opens, gear can be set at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.
More info on our Sport Fishing Regulations page.
River flows have been on the rise for all local rivers and conditions have not be great for fishing but good for the fish! Winter steelhead should start to run and there are some reports of decent fishing on most rivers.
Chetco – Chinook/ King Salmon reports have been slow with increased flows, although new fish are entering the system. Roe and plugs have been most effective. Steelhead should be making their way soon.
Smith – Chinook/ King Salmon reports have been really slow and reports of new fish entering the system. Steelhead should be making their way soon.
Trinity- This week fishery crews reported 14 redds (1,574 total for the year) in the Reaches from Lewiston Dam to Cedar Flat. The majority of Chinook Salmon have completed their spawning in the mainstem Trinity River. Coho salmon have been seen moving upstream and should begin spawning soon. There are reports of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. Flies, plugs, and side-drifting have been working for Steelhead when conditions are good.
Fish continue to enter Trinity River Hatchery at a slow pace this season.
Total combined Chinook decreased slightly from 324 (11/05-11/11) to 296 (11/12-11/18).
Total combined Coho increased from 16 (11/05-11/11) to 52 (11/12-11/18) .
Total combined Steelhead increased from 59 (11/05-11/11) to 83 (11/12-11/18).
Mad River – Some reports of Steelhead trickling in, although there are forecasts for high flows in the next several days. More Steelhead should be making their way soon.
Van Duzen- no reports and forecasts for high flows in the next several days.
Eel River/South Fork – The fishing has been sporadic along the Eel with reports of more fish entering the system with increased river flow. Forecasts for high flows in the next several days. Plugs and bait have been effective.
Open Fishing Seasons
= Partially closed fishing season (mostly boat based fishing)
Kelp and Rock Greenlings
Soupfin Shark and Spiny Dogfish
Other Federally Managed Groundfish
Pacific Sanddab and Other Flatfish
Closed Fishing Seasons
All North Coast rivers subjected to low flow fishing closures.
The low flow closure hotline for North Coast rivers is 707-822-3164.
PZZ450-252330- PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM- 838 AM PST FRI NOV 25 2016 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING TODAY S WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 KT. WAVES S 8 FT AT 8 SECONDS...AND W 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS. SCATTERED TSTMS. TONIGHT S WINDS 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SE 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES S 9 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND W 12 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS. SAT SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 12 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS. SAT NIGHT NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES NW 2 FT AT 6 SECONDS... AND W 12 FT AT 12 SECONDS. SUN SW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES NW 2 FT AT 6 SECONDS...AND NW 11 FT AT 12 SECONDS. MON N WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES NE 2 FT AT 6 SECONDS...AND NW 13 FT AT 15 SECONDS. TUE NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES NW 11 FT AT 16 SECONDS.