Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/31/2017


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/31/2017


Reports

Reports: 

The sun is starting to shine after a winter of  high precipitation!

Fishing conditions have been most favorable for the Smith River although fishing has been slow and the last day of the season will be April 30th. The Chetco River flow has been too high for fishing and closes today. The upper Trinity River has 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 from the mouth to South Fork Eel River is open all year (See Regulations). The Chetco River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, South Fork Eel River, Van Duzen River and Mattole River will close for fishing today on March 31.

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The recreational salmon fishery north of Horse Mountain will remain closed for all of 2017 due to historically low numbers of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon. (Read More)Ocean conditions are not looking favorable this weekend with SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

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

 

Chetco River- Closes March 31, 2017

Smith  Decent reports of Steelhead entering the system and should be making their may back down river. Conditions may be favorable this weekend for fishing and season ends April 30th. 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- Some Steelhead on the Upper Trinity as well as Brown Trout, where conditions are more favorable. Flies, plugs, and side-drifting have been working for Steelhead. TThere have not been any new reports for the CDFW Trinity River Trapping Summary.

Mad River – Closes March 31, 2017

Van Duzen- Closes March 31, 2017

Eel River- 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! The . Side drifting have been effective for Steelhead. Mainstem Eel River from the mouth to South Fork Eel River is open all year (See Regulations).

South Fork Eel River- Closes March 31, 2017 

  • On Mar. 27, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). A total of 8 steelhead were trapped this week. The steelhead count stands at 44 (Male 19, Female 25).”

Ocean Reports:

Recreational Ocean Salmon Regulations

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The recreational salmon fishery north of Horse Mountain will remain closed for all of 2017 due to historically low numbers of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon. (Read More).

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

42°00 N. Latitude (Oregon Border) to 40°10 N. Latitude (near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County)

Open Fishing Seasons


River Flow

All North Coast rivers are high and very dangerous. Some portions of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers will be 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 (Coastal)

This Afternoon
Sunny, with a high near 59. North northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. North wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind 8 to 14 mph.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. North wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North northwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 58.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Thursday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Ocean Conditions

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
906 AM PDT FRI MAR 31 2017

PZZ400-312215-
906 AM PDT FRI MAR 31 2017

SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS
ELEVATED NORTHERLY
WINDS AND STEEP SEAS WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE WATERS FOR THE NEXT
SEVERAL DAYS. WINDS WILL INCREASE TO NEAR GALE FORCE SOUTH OF
CAPE MENDOCINO THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...BUT DECREASE
SLIGHTLY OVERNIGHT. NEAR GALE FORCE WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED AGAIN
LATE SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...RESULTING IN LARGE STEEP SEAS
THAT WILL BUILD IN ADDITION TO A LONG PERIOD NORTHWEST SWELL.


PZZ450-312215-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
906 AM PDT FRI MAR 31 2017

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT

TODAY
N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. WAVES
NW 9 FT AT 8 SECONDS...AND W 6 FT AT 14 SECONDS.

TONIGHT
N WINDS 10 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT.
WAVES NW 9 FT AT 8 SECONDS...AND W 6 FT AT 14 SECONDS.

SAT
N WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES N 5 FT AT 7 SECONDS...AND W
5 FT AT 15 SECONDS.

SAT NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WAVES NW 10 FT AT
10 SECONDS...AND W 7 FT AT 17 SECONDS.

SUN
N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WAVES W 13 FT AT 15 SECONDS.

MON
N WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES NW 10 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

TUE
W WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES N 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS...AND W
5 FT AT 14 SECONDS. 

 


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