Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/10/2017


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/10/2017


Reports

River Reports: 

River flow conditions and fishing were good for the Chetco, and Smith last week. The upper Trinity River has also provided more opportunities for fishing due to river conditions. Conditions for some coastal rives may become suitable for fishing this weekend and into next week. Steelhead are in the river systems, with most action on the Smith, Chetco and upper Trinity River due to favorable conditions.


 

Chetco River- Great reports of Steelhead entering the system in the past weeks. Conditions may be favorable this weekend for Steelhead as rivers are descending. 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 in the system. Conditions may be favorable this weekend and for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead.

Klamath River –  Currently high flows. Steelhead are in the river however with predicted high flows. No reports for the upper Klamath area.

Trinity River-  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. The numbers of returning Steelhead to the hatchery have declined the past weeks. There have not been any new reports for the CDFW Trinity River Trapping Summary.

The CDFW’s Trinity River Project 2017 trapping summary through Feb. 25, 2017.

Total combined Chinook did not change from 0 (12/24-12/31) to 0 (2/19-2/25).

Total combined Coho did not change from 0 (12/24-12/31) to 0 (2/19-2/25).

Total combined Steelhead doubled from from 121 (2/12-2/18) to 47 (2/19-2/25).

See Full 2016 TRP_ Trapping_Summary

Mad River –The river has been high and turbid with some reports of success. There may be some opportunities this weekend despite the conditions. Side drifting and roe have  been effective for Steelhead.

Van Duzen-  Steelhead should be in the system although poor water quality. RIver flow should be descending and conditions are looking favorable this 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. Rivers are predicted to descend into next week for Steelhead and conditions my be favorable for the South Fork. Side drifting have been effective for Steelhead.

  • On Mar. 7, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “The ladder was back online on the 28th. The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). A total of 7 steelhead were trapped this week. The steelhead count stands at 20 (Male 9, Female 11).”

Ocean Reports:

Recent

CDFW-2017 Salmon Forecasts Point to Reduced Fishing Opportunities

 

Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017

 

Dungeness Crab and Shellfish

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


River Flow

All North Coast rivers are high 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

3/10/2017 Friday to 3/6/2017 Monday 10:00 am
Friday
Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night
Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 45. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday
Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Tuesday
A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Wednesday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.
Wednesday Night
A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 49.
Thursday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

Ocean Conditions

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
850 PM PST THU MAR 9 2017

PZZ400-101130-
850 PM PST THU MAR 9 2017

SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS
HIGH PRESSURE WILL
REMAIN IN CONTROL OVER THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS
LEADING TO LIGHT WINDS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. A FRESH SWELL ENTER
OUR WATERS ON FRIDAY CAUSING THE SEAS TO BUILD AND THEN
SUBSIDING THROUGH THE WEEKEND.


PZZ450-101130-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
850 PM PST THU MAR 9 2017

TONIGHT
S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 6 FT AT 13 SECONDS.
CHANCE OF RAIN.

FRI
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

FRI NIGHT
NE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 8 FT AT 12 SECONDS.

SAT
S WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 4 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 4 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

SUN
NW WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS.

MON
NW WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 5 FT AT 12 SECONDS.

TUE
W WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 6 FT AT 12 SECONDS.


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