Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/24/2017


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/24/2017



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Reports

Reports: 

What a year for high precipitation and high river flow. Although this is not preferred by the angler, water will be abundant for the next generation of salmonids that are at record low numbers, partly due to poor water conditions. Fishing conditions have been most favorable for the Chetco and Smith. The upper Trinity River has also provided more opportunities for fishing due to river conditions. Most rivers will be closed for Steelhead fishing in April except the Smith will remain open through April and Mainstem Eel River until notified (See Regulations). Rivers are expected to rise on Saturday and descend on Sunday.

Ocean fishing is coming near! There have been some good reports of Surfperch. Rockfish season is opening May 1 and Pacific Halibut is expected to open around May 1 also. Recreational Ocean Salmon Regulations for OR/CA Border to Horse Mountain (Shelter Cove) are Closed April 1-30, 2017 (season will be decided in April). Horse Mountain (Shelter Cove) to Point Arena (Fort Bragg) Opens April 1-30, 2017 minimum size limit: 20 inches total length daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except coho. Regulations in effect on or after May 1, 2017 will be adopted at the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) meetings in April. April 2017 salmon regulations are pending Office of Administrative Law review and approval.

Map of California including key landmarks for the recreational ocean salmon fishery

Chetco River- Great reports of Steelhead entering the system in the past weeks, conditions remain unfavorable this weekend for Steelhead. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead when the conditions allow.

Smith  Similar river and fishing conditions to the Chetco. Good reports of Steelhead in the system. Conditions not looking favorable this weekend 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. (NO UPDATES)

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 –There were some reports of fish caught last weekend but the river has been high and turbid ever since. Fishing closes on March 31 and does not look favorable this weekend or into next week. Side drifting and roe have  been effective for Steelhead.

Van Duzen-  Conditions were clearing up this past week as Steelhead should be in the system. River flow should be ascending this weekend and coming down next week depending on the amount of precipitation. There may not be any favorable conditions before the river closes for fishing on March 31. Side drifting and roe have been most effective for Steelhead.

Eel River/South Fork – Van Arsdale fish count station reported some new Steelhead. River conditions have not been  favorable on the main stem due to high flow for the main stem, however the South Fork Eel River was good for fishing this past week and there were finally some good fishing reports of Steelhead being caught! Rivers are predicted to ascend this weekend with a slight chance of rain next week and conditions may not become favorable for the South Fork before the river closes on March 31. Side drifting have been effective for Steelhead.

  • On Mar. 20, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). A total of 12 steelhead were trapped this week. The steelhead count stands at 36 (Male 16, Female 20).”

Ocean Reports:

Recreational Ocean Salmon Regulations

OR/CA Border to Horse Mountain (Shelter Cove) are Closed April 1-30, 2017 (season will be decided in April).

Horse Mountain (Shelter Cove) to Point Arena (Fort Bragg) Opens April 1-30, 2017 minimum size limit: 20 inches total length daily bag limit: 2 salmon of any species except coho.

Regulations in effect on or after May 1, 2017 will be adopted at the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) meetings in April. April 2017 salmon regulations are pending Office of Administrative Law review and approval.

CDFW-2017 Salmon Forecasts Point to Reduced Fishing Opportunities

Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017

Rockfish to Open May 1 for Boat Based Anglers

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

This Afternoon
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday
A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind.
Saturday Night
A 20 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Sunday
Rain. High near 56. South southeast wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday Night
Rain before 11pm, then showers after 11pm. Low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
Tuesday Night
A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Wednesday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Thursday
A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Ocean Conditions

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
833 AM PDT FRI MAR 24 2017

PZZ400-242215-
833 AM PDT FRI MAR 24 2017

SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS
GUSTY WINDS AND
ELEVATED SEAS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE WATERS THROUGH THIS MORNING
AS A COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE REGION. THE WINDS AND SEAS
WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH IN THE WAKE OF THE FRONT THROUGH THIS
AFTERNOON. ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL INCREASE THE WINDS AND SEAS
SUNDAY AND MONDAY.



PZZ450-242215-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
833 AM PDT FRI MAR 24 2017

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PDT THIS
AFTERNOON...

TODAY
S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT...EASING TO 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W
10 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.

SAT
W WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 15 SECONDS. SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

SUN
S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

MON
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 12 FT AT 15 SECONDS.

TUE
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 12 FT AT 16 SECONDS.


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