Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 1/6/2017


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 1/6/2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Reports

River Reports: 

River flow conditions have not been favorable for local rivers and we are forecasting significant precipitation starting Saturday. The rivers are turning color with good visibility but Winter Steelhead are not making there way into the river systems as predicted. Most rivers are not expected to be favorable for Steelhead. Water temperatures have been cold with record lows 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 Not too many reports of half-pounders and Winter Steelhead predicted to be entering the system in the past weeks. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead when they are around.

Smith   Similar river and fishing conditions to the Chetco. No significant reports of half-pounders or Steelhead entering the system. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead.

Klamath River – Steelhead should be making their way in the river from the recent and predicted high flows. No reports for the upper Klamath area.

Trinity-  Most reports are decent 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. The water temps have been cold and require more patience.

  • Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary NOT UPDATED

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 – A few Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks, but not significantly and river conditions are not favorable. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead either. Side drifting and roe have  been effective for Steelhead.

Van Duzen-  Steelhead should have been entering the system in recent weeks with some reports of action towards earlier this week. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into next week for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe have been effective for Steelhead.

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

  • On Jan. 5, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “A single male Chinook was counted this past week. The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). One female steelhead entered the station this past week. The steelhead count stands at 2 (Male 1, Female 1).”

Ocean Reports:

Dungeness CrabCommercial Crab Fishermen in West Coast Ports Pull Pots in Solidarity with Humboldt

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, 1/6/2017

A 30 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. South wind around 7 mph.
Tonight
Rain, mainly after 10pm. Low around 40. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday
Rain. High near 54. Southeast wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
Rain. Low around 49. Southeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Sunday
Rain. High near 56. South wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday Night
Rain. Low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday
Rain. High near 52. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday Night
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 43.
Tuesday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 54.
Tuesday Night
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 43. Breezy.
Wednesday
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 53.
Wednesday Night
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 42.
Thursday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 52.

Ocean Conditions

SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS

WINDS WILL BECOME SOUTHERLY TODAY...AND THEN STRENGTHEN TO GALE ON
SATURDAY. STEEP SEAS WILL DEVELOP ON SATURDAY...AND WILL PERSIST
INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.


PZZ450-062315-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
814 AM PST FRI JAN 6 2017

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING...

TODAY
S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES SW 2 FT AT 5 SECONDS...AND W
2 FT AT 15 SECONDS.

TONIGHT
SE WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES SW 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS...
AND W 2 FT AT 14 SECONDS. RAIN.

SAT
SE WINDS 10 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. WAVES
SW 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS...AND W 2 FT AT 16 SECONDS. RAIN.

SAT NIGHT
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. WAVES SW 4 FT AT 8 SECONDS...
AND W 3 FT AT 12 SECONDS.

SUN
S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES SW 8 FT AT 10 SECONDS...AND
NW 4 FT AT 12 SECONDS.

MON
SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. WAVES W 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

TUE
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. WAVES W 13 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

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