Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 2/3/2017
River flow conditions have been good for the Chetco and Smith but not so favorable for other coastal rivers. The coastal rivers were clearing up but precipitation is in the forecast until mid-next week. Steelhead are finally making there way into the river systems, with most action on the Smith and Chetco due to favorable conditions.
Chetco – Great reports of Steelhead entering the system in the past weeks. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this weekend and into the beginning of 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. Good reports of 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 CDFW’s Trinity River Project 2017 trapping summary through Jan.21 ,2017. (NO UPDATES)
Total combined Chinook did not change from 0 (12/24-12/31) to 0 (1/15-1/21).
Total combined Coho did not change from 0 (12/24-12/31) to 0 (1/15-1/21).
Total combined Steelhead doubled from from 22 (1/08-1/14) to 54 (1/15-1/21).
See Full 2016 TRP_ trapping_summary_thru JW3 (From Previous Week)
Mad River – A few Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks, with some reports of success but not significantly and river conditions are not looking good for this weekend or next week as the next precipitation event occurs. Side drifting and roe have been effective for Steelhead.
Van Duzen- Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks and the conditions were getting better but new precipitation will cause poor quality water conditions. Conditions are not looking 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. 22, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “The station was closed this past week due to high water and debris issues. The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). The steelhead count stands at 3 (Male 1, Female 2). The ladder remains closed due to damage suffered during the week’s storms. PG&E cleared the ladder of sediment but flow level will have to get well below 2,000 cfs to address issues in what we refer to as “the hotel”. The hotel encompasses the last five steps of the ladder and at least two of those steps were full of sediment. I’m hoping we can return to normal operations this next 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, crab measurement methods (PDF),and the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet for more Dungeness crab fishing information.
- 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.
Open Fishing Seasons
= Partially closed fishing season
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 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.
COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA 900 AM PST FRI FEB 3 2017 PZZ400-032315- 900 AM PST FRI FEB 3 2017 SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS SOUTHERLY GALES WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE NORTHERN OUTER WATERS THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON AS AN OFFSHORE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES NORTHEASTWARD OFF THE OREGON AND WASHINGTON COAST. WINDS AND SEAS WILL REMAIN ELEVATED THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.
PZZ450-032315- PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM- 900 AM PST FRI FEB 3 2017 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT TODAY S WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. WAVES SW 14 FT AT 12 SECONDS... AND NW 2 FT AT 16 SECONDS. WIDESPREAD SHOWERS. TONIGHT S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. WAVES SW 12 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN. SAT S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN. SAT NIGHT S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. WAVES SW 8 FT AT 9 SECONDS... AND W 3 FT AT 15 SECONDS. SUN S WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. WAVES SW 9 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND W 5 FT AT 16 SECONDS. MON SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. WAVES SW 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND NW 5 FT AT 14 SECONDS. TUE SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. WAVES SW 7 FT AT 9 SECONDS...AND NW 5 FT AT 13 SECONDS.