Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 1/13/2017
Rivers are Blown Out!
River flow conditions have not been favorable for local rivers. Most rivers are not expected to be favorable for Steelhead this weekend except for the Smith and possibly Chetco. Forecasts predict significant precipitation starting next week. The rivers were previously turning color with good visibility but Winter Steelhead were not making there way into the river systems as predicted. Water temperatures have been cold with record lows and require patience when fishing holes, as fish are slow and require lures/ bait in close proximity. Bait has been most effective in cold water. Anglers can fish holes for many passes before finally getting that strike!
Chetco – Not too many reports of Winter Steelhead that were predicted to be entering the system in the past weeks. Conditions may be good for fishing this weekend for Steelhead depending on water conditions. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead when they are around.
Smith – Similar river and fishing conditions to the Chetco. No significant reports of Steelhead entering the system. Conditions are more likely to be favorable this weekend for Steelhead, although more weather is forecasted. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead.
Klamath River – Lower river flows are too high. Steelhead should be making their way in the river from the recent and predicted high flows. No reports for the upper Klamath area.
Trinity- Most reports are decent for Steelhead on the Upper Trinity where conditions are more favorable. Flies, plugs, and side-drifting have been working for Steelhead when conditions are good. The water temps have been cold and require more patience.
- Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary
Total combined Chinook remains 0 since (12/24-12/31).
Total combined Coho remains 0 since (12/24-12/31)..
Total combined Steelhead barely increased from 21 (1/10-1/7) to 23 (1/8-1/14).
Trinity River Trapping SummarySee Full Trinity River Trapping Summary
Mad River – A few Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks, but not significantly and river conditions are not favorable. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead either. Side drifting and roe have been effective for Steelhead.
Van Duzen- Steelhead should have been entering the system in recent weeks with some reports of action towards earlier this week. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe have been effective for Steelhead.
Eel River/South Fork – River conditions have not been favorable due to high flow for the main stem. Steelhead should have been entering the system in recent weeks. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting have been effective for Steelhead.
- On Jan. 5, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “A single male Chinook was counted this past week. The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). One female steelhead entered the station this past week. The steelhead count stands at 2 (Male 1, Female 1).”
Dungeness Crab –
The last remaining area of the California coast will open to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. The area was previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The last closed area between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove is scheduled to open on Jan. 16.
The recreational fishery for Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) is open from November 5, 2016 through July 30, 2017. The daily bag limit is 10 crab, and the minimum size limit is 5¾ inches. Note that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises that consumers not eat the viscera (internal organs, also known as “butter” or “guts”) of crabs caught north of Point Reyes. Recreational crabbing is not allowed from vessels licensed for commercial Dungeness crab fishing. Review new crabbing regulations that went into effect on August 1, 2016, crab measurement methods (PDF),and the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet for more Dungeness crab fishing information.
- Call the CDFW Domoic Acid Fishery Closure Information Line at (831) 649-2883 for the latest status of the Dungeness crab season.
- Call the CDPH Shellfish Biotoxin Information line at: (510) 412-4643 or toll-free at (800) 553-4133 for updated crab consumption advisories, or check CDFW’s Finfish and Shellfish Health Advisories web page.
More info on our Sport Fishing Regulations page.
Open Fishing Seasons
= Partially closed fishing season
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 are rising and very dangerous. Subjected to low flow fishing closures during dry times of the year.
The low flow closure hotline for North Coast rivers is 707-822-3164.
Weather Forecast (full)
PZZ450-140515- PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM- 214 PM PST FRI JAN 13 2017 TONIGHT NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 5 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SAT NW WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES NW 4 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SAT NIGHT N WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 5 FT AT 16 SECONDS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. SUN N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 8 FT AT 18 SECONDS. SUN NIGHT N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 3 FT AT 6 SECONDS... AND W 8 FT AT 16 SECONDS. MON S WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 7 FT AT 15 SECONDS. TUE S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES W 13 FT AT 14 SECONDS. WED SW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WAVES W 15 FT AT 13 SECONDS.