Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 3/31/2017
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.
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).”
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).
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, 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.
42°00 N. Latitude (Oregon Border) to 40°10 N. Latitude (near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County)
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 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)
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.