Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/9/2016


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 12/09/2016


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 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 to 190 (11/19-11/25) to 145 (11/26-12/2).

Total combined Coho increased again from 117 (11/19-11/25) to 185 (11/26-12/2).

Total combined Steelhead increased slightly from 67 (11/19-11/25) to 77 (11/26-12/2).

See Full Trinity River 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. 5, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “a total of 35 Chinook were counted the past week. The Chinook count stands at 425 (Male 185, Female 184, Jack 56). No Steelhead yet and this is to be expected.” 138 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

Detailed Forecast

This Afternoon
Rain. High near 55. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight
Rain. Low around 48. South wind 6 to 15 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Saturday
Rain likely before 10am, then showers likely after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. West northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph after midnight.
Sunday
A chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of rain after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night
A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday
A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
Monday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Tuesday
A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Wednesday
A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
Wednesday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Thursday
A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Friday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Ocean Conditions

PZZ450-100645-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
256 PM PST FRI DEC 9 2016

TONIGHT
N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES SW 3 FT AT 5 SECONDS...AND
W 8 FT AT 13 SECONDS. RAIN.

SAT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 8 FT AT 12 SECONDS. CHANCE
OF SHOWERS.

SAT NIGHT
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SUN
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

SUN NIGHT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

MON
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS.

TUE
N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES NW 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND W
3 FT AT 16 SECONDS.

WED
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES NW 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND W
3 FT AT 15 SECONDS. 


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