Humboldt’s (late) Friday Fishing Report for 1/20/2017
Rivers are Blown Out!
Hello fish folks, power is back on, we apologize for not getting the report out on time, didn’t miss much with all this rain
River flow conditions have not been favorable for local rivers. Most rivers are not expected to be favorable for Steelhead this week except for the Smith and possibly Chetco. Forecasts predict significant precipitation starting next week. The Chetco and Smith rivers received a good amount of Winter Steelhead making there way into the river systems as predicted. Water temperatures have been cold with record lows and require patience when fishing holes, as fish are slow and require lures/ bait in close proximity. Bait has been most effective in cold water. Anglers can fish holes for many passes before finally getting that strike!
Chetco – Good reports of Winter Steelhead entering the system last week. Fishing for Steelhead has been getting better depending on water conditions. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead when they are around.
Smith – Similar river and fishing conditions to the Chetco. More reports of Steelhead entering the system. Conditions are more likely to be favorable this weekend for Steelhead, with insigificant weather in the forecast. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead.
Klamath River – Lower river flows are too high. 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 good 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 water temps have been cold and require more patience.
Mad River – A few Steelhead have been entering the system in recent weeks, but not significantly and river conditions are not favorable. Conditions were not favorable last weekend and into this week for Steelhead either. Side drifting and roe have been effective for Steelhead.
Van Duzen- Steelhead should have been entering the system in recent weeks with some reports of action towards earlier this week. Conditions are not predicted to be favorable this 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 week for Steelhead. Side drifting have been effective for Steelhead.
The last remaining area of the California coast will open to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. The area was previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The last closed area between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove is scheduled to open on Jan. 16.
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 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 (full)
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM- 815 AM PST MON JAN 23 2017 HAZARDOUS SEAS WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT TODAY S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. WAVES W 18 FT AT 15 SECONDS. WIDESPREAD SHOWERS. TONIGHT E WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES W 20 FT AT 15 SECONDS. ISOLATED SHOWERS. TUE N WINDS 5 KT. WAVES W 14 FT AT 14 SECONDS. TUE NIGHT NE WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 7 FT AT 11 SECONDS. WED S WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 15 FT AT 17 SECONDS. THU E WINDS 5 KT. WAVES W 14 FT AT 18 SECONDS. FRI NE WINDS 5 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 15 SECONDS.