Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/30/2016


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/30/2016


Reports

River Reports: 

River flow conditions are favorable for local rivers and we are not forecasting any significant precipitation. The rivers are  turning color with good visibility as Winter Steelhead are making there way into the river systems. Most rivers are expected to be fishable for Steelhead except for the main stem Eel River and lower Klamath. Water temperatures have been cold 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 Some reports of half-pounders and bright Winter Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks. Conditions are predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe are good for Steelhead.

Smith   Similar river and fishing conditions to the Chetco. Reports of half-pounders with Steelhead entering the system. Conditions are predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe are good for Steelhead.

Klamath River – Steelhead should be making their way in the river from the recent high flows, the upper Klamath area should be more favorable.

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. The water temps have been cold and require more patience.

  • Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary

Total combined Chinook decreased from 1 fish on (12/10-12/16) to 3 (12/17-12/23).

Total combined Coho decreased significantly from 73 fish on (12/10-12/16) to 3 (12/17-12/23).

Total combined Steelhead increased significantly from 42 (12/10-12/16) to 223 (12/17-12/23).

See Full Trinity River Trapping Summary

Mad River – Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks. Conditions are predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe are good for Steelhead.

Van Duzen-  Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks. Conditions are predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe are good for Steelhead.

Eel River/South Fork – River conditions have not been favorable due to high flow for the main stem. Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks. Conditions are predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe are good for Steelhead.

  • On Dec. 27, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “The ladder was brought back on line on December 19. A single female Chinook was counted this past week. The Chinook count stands at 434 (Male 190, Female 188, Jack 56). The first steelhead (male) entered the station this past week.” The ladder was closed on for the Dec. 19th report and 8 Chinook were counted the previous week for the Dec. 12 report.

Ocean Reports:

Dungeness Crab – Dungeness crab reports have been fair when conditions have  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

Today
Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight
A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Saturday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 30. Light north wind.
New Year’s Day
Showers, mainly after 11am. High near 46. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday Night
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday
A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Monday Night
A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 40.
Tuesday Night
Clear, with a low around 21.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 42.
Wednesday Night
Clear, with a low around 17.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 41.

Ocean Conditions

PZZ450-302345-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
835 AM PST FRI DEC 30 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING


TODAY
N WINDS RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT THIS AFTERNOON. GUSTS
TO AROUND 35 KT NEAR CAPE MENDOCINO THIS AFTERNOON. WAVES NW 10
FT AT 14 SECONDS.

TONIGHT
N WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. GUSTS TO AROUND 40 KT NEAR CAPE
MENDOCINO. WAVES NW 11 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

SAT
N WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. WAVES NW 10 FT
AT 10 SECONDS.

SAT NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WAVES NW 10 FT AT 10 SECONDS.

SUN
NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES NW 14 FT AT 15 SECONDS.

MON
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. WAVES NW 11 FT AT 14 SECONDS.

TUE
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS.

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