Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/16/2016
River flow conditions have not been favorable for local rivers and we are forecasting more precipitation. Winter Steelhead are making there way into the lower river systems. Other runs should follow.
Chetco – Chinook/ King Salmon reports are coming to a close although there are some still around. Some reports of half-pounders and bright Winter Steelhead have been entering the system. Conditions are predicted to be unfavorable this weekend and into Tuesday of next week. Roe and plugs have been most effective for any remaining Chinook and side drifting for Steelhead entering the system.
Smith – Similar river and fishing conditions to the Chetco. Chinook/ King Salmon reports have been really slow and reports of half-pounders with a few Steelhead entering the system. Roe and plugs have been most effective for any remaining Chinook and side drifting for Steelhead.
Klamath River – River conditions have not been favorable due to high flows and rain is in the forecast next week. Steelhead should be making their way in the river from the high flow.
Trinity- Most reports are good for Steelhead and half-pounders on the Upper Trinity where conditions are more favorable. Flies, plugs, and side-drifting have been working for Steelhead when conditions are good.
- Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary
Total combined Chinook decreased significantly from 145 (11/26-12/2) to 47 (12/3-12/9).
Total combined Coho decreased significantly from 185 (11/26-12/2) to 58 (12/3-12/9).
Total combined Steelhead increased slightly from 77 (11/26-12/2) to 58 (12/3-12/9).
Mad River – River conditions have not been favorable due to high flows and rain is in the forecast next week. Steelhead should be making their way in the river from the high flow.
Van Duzen- River conditions have not been favorable due to high flows and rain is in the forecast next week. Steelhead should be entering the river from the high flows.
Eel River/South Fork – River conditions have not been favorable due to high flows and rain is in the forecast next week. Steelhead should be making their way in the river from the high flow. Plugs and bait have been effective for Chinook.
- On Dec. 12, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “A total of 8 Chinook were counted this past week. The Chinook count stands at 433 (Male 190, Female 187, Jack 56). No steelhead.” 35 Chinook were counted the previous week.
Dungeness Crab – Dungeness crab reports have been good outside of Humboldt Bay when conditions have rarely allowed. Decent sizes and quality too. Crab was also being advertised for sale at Woodley Island Marina last week.
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.
PZZ450-170515- PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM- 253 PM PST FRI DEC 16 2016 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT TONIGHT N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WAVES NW 7 FT AT 7 SECONDS. SAT N WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES NW 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SAT NIGHT N WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. GUSTS UP TO 30 KT NEAR CAPE MENDOCINO. WAVES NW 7 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND W 4 FT AT 14 SECONDS. SUN N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES NW 5 FT AT 8 SECONDS...AND W 4 FT AT 15 SECONDS. SUN NIGHT N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES NW 5 FT AT 7 SECONDS... AND W 5 FT AT 16 SECONDS. MON SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS...AND NW 10 FT AT 16 SECONDS. TUE NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 17 FT AT 17 SECONDS. WED S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 13 FT AT 18 SECONDS.