Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/16/2016


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/16/2016


Reports

River Reports: 

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).

See Full Trapping Summary

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.

Ocean Reports:

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, 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

Tonight
Areas of frost after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind.
Saturday
Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 48. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
Areas of frost after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 30. Calm wind.
Sunday
Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 51. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Tuesday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
Tuesday Night
A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Thursday
Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Friday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

Ocean Conditions

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.

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