Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 1/13/2017


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 1/13/2017


Rivers are Blown Out!

Reports

River Reports: 

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).”

Ocean Reports:

Dungeness Crab

Commercial Crab Fishermen in West Coast Ports Pull Pots in Solidarity with Humboldt (last week)

Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

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, link opens in new windowcrab measurement methods (PDF),and the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet for more Dungeness crab fishing information.

For the latest information concerning Dungeness crab season dates, consumption advisories related to domoic acid, and related information, please access one of the following sources:
  • 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.


Ocean Sportfishing Regulations

Open Fishing Seasons

Closed Fishing Seasons


River Flow

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)

(Coastal)

Tonight
Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
A 20 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Light and variable wind.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
M.L.King Day
Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Monday Night
A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Tuesday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 56.
Tuesday Night
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 48.
Wednesday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Breezy.
Wednesday Night
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 43.
Thursday
Showers. Cloudy, with a high near 53.
Thursday Night
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 40.
Friday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 50.

Ocean Conditions

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.


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