Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/02/2016
Dungeness Crab – Dungeness crab reports have been good outside of Humboldt Bay when conditions have allowed. Decent sizes and quality too. Crab is also being advertised for sale at Woodley Island Marina.
An approximately 50-mile portion of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery between Point Reyes, Marin County and near Salt Point, Sonoma County that has been closed due to elevated domoic acid levels will open on Dec. 3 at the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today. However, the fishery will remain closed north of Salt Point to the Humboldt Bay entrance. The closed portions of the coast may open once testing by state agencies shows that the area is safe with regard to domoic acid levels.
More info on our Sport Fishing Regulations page.
River flow conditions are starting to becoming favorable for local rivers and 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. Bright Winter Steelhead have been entering the system. Conditions are predicted to be favorable this weekend and into 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 Steelhead entering the system. Roe and plugs have been most effective for any remaining Chinook and side drifting for Steelhead.
Trinity- Most reports are good 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.
Total combined Chinook decreased significantly from 296 (11/12-11/18) to 190 (11/19-11/25).
Total combined Coho increased significantly from 52 (11/12-11/18) to 117 (11/19-11/25).
Total combined Steelhead decreases slightly from 83 (11/12-11/18) to 67 (11/19-11/25).
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 making their way in the river from the high flow.
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. A total of 138 Chinook were counted this past week at the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station. “The Chinook count stands at 390 (Male 167, Female 171, Jack 52). No steelhead yet and this is to be expected.”
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.
COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR CALIFORNIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA 241 PM PST FRI DEC 2 2016 FRI DEC 2 2016 SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS MODERATE TO STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WILL PERSIST ACROSS THE SOUTHERN WATERS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ELSEWHERE...WINDS WILL ALSO BE OUT OF THE NORTH BUT WILL BE MUCH LIGHTER. BY SATURDAY A NORTHWEST SWELL WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA AND WILL LEAD TO BUILDING SEAS ACROSS ALL OF THE WATERS. THE SEA STATE WILL THEN SUBSIDE SLIGHTLY FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY...HOWEVER...NORTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE FROM TIME TO TIME DUE TO PASSING COLD FRONTS.
PZZ450-030515- PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM- 241 PM PST FRI DEC 2 2016 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT... TONIGHT N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES N 2 FT AT 6 SECONDS...AND NW 9 FT AT 15 SECONDS. SAT N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES N 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS...AND NW 15 FT AT 16 SECONDS. SAT NIGHT N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES N 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS... AND NW 14 FT AT 16 SECONDS. SUN W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 10 FT AT 15 SECONDS. SUN NIGHT N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES N 3 FT AT 6 SECONDS... AND NW 11 FT AT 14 SECONDS. MON N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES NW 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS...AND NW 11 FT AT 13 SECONDS. TUE E WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NE 2 FT AT 6 SECONDS...AND NW 10 FT AT 13 SECONDS. WED S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES S 7 FT AT 8 SECONDS...AND NW 5 FT AT 12 SECONDS.