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About fishingthenorthcoast

Fishing guide/outdoor writer located in Humboldt Co., Calif.

Coastal saltwater season set to take off

Next Tuesday marks day one of our ocean sport fishing season on the North Coast as both rockfish and halibut will finally open, bringing with it tons of excitement, optimism and relief. Following a year in which we had a … Continue reading

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Klamath and Trinity River quotas and regulations – Fall 2018

In 2018, 3,490-adult fall Chinook are available for sport harvest in the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. The daily bag limit is Two (2) Chinook salmon, of which no more than one (1) may be more than 22 inches in length. … Continue reading

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Quotas set for Klamath and Trinity rivers

In an interesting twist of events, the Klamath River will likely provide better fishing opportunities than the mighty Sacramento this season. That’s quite a turnaround from last year when fears of extremely low salmon returns prompted a full closure for … Continue reading

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2018 CA Recreational Ocean Salmon Regulations

OR/CA Border to Horse Mountain (KMZ) June 1 – September 3 Open seven days per week Minimum size limit: 20 inches total length Klamath Control Zone* (KCZ) closed in August Additional closures around mouth of Klamath, Smith & Eel rivers … Continue reading

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Game (back) on! Salmon opener slated for June 1

After suffering through a complete shutdown of our salmon season in 2017 within the KMZ, one thing is for certain – absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. Halibut and rockfish are fun, but salmon is king in Eureka … Continue reading

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Pacific halibut, rockfish openers set for May 1

Twenty-five days and counting. That’s how long North Coast saltwater anglers will have to wait before the lengthy offseason is over and we ‘re back on the water. May 1 will bring two openers – Pacific halibut and rockfish. The … Continue reading

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Winter steelhead season coming to a close

Last weekend’s storms brought a little more rain than expected, with enough falling to keep the majority of the coastal rivers high and off color leading into the final week of steelhead season. As of Wednesday, only the Smith, Chetco, … Continue reading

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Rain could put an end to steelhead season

Other than the Smith and Chetco, all of the coastal rivers are currently running a little high and off color. And with more storms barreling their way towards the North Coast, the end is in sight for the winter steelhead … Continue reading

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Salmon seasons return to the North Coast

Ocean salmon, Klamath River king seasons are back after year hiatus… In a process that had more twists and turns than San Francisco’s Lombard Street, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Wednesday released three preliminary alternatives for managing salmon … Continue reading

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Jack returns bolster Klamath ocean abundance

The ocean abundance numbers are in for the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers, and the reviews are mixed. The Klamath stocks hit rock bottom last year, and the bottom wasn’t as far down as first thought. In 2017, 18,410 adult kings … Continue reading

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