Humboldt’s (late) Friday Fishing Report 1/20/2017


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 :)

Reports

River Reports: 

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.


Ocean Reports:

Dungeness Crab

Commercial Crab Fishermen in West Coast Ports Pull Pots in Solidarity with Humboldt (2 weeks ago)

Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open (1 week ago)

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, 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

Closed Fishing Seasons


River Flow

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)

(Coastal)

Today- Monday, (1/23/2017)
Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. South southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tonight
Scattered showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 25. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 48. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Tuesday Night
Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind.
Wednesday
A slight chance of showers between 10am and 4pm, then a chance of rain after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night
A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Thursday
A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 52.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

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.

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