, Fishing News
New Feature

Click on Columnists  to access travelogues, field reports, advice, humorous tales and answers to your Q’s! 


Website of the Week


Sloppy conditions hamper salmon fishing

Kenny Priest, Fishing the North Coast, author badge for Myoutdoor

he handful of boats that fished the opening few days of the sport salmon season out of Eureka were limited to fishing close to home due to the strong north winds and sloppy conditions. Most of the sport fleet thought better of it, choosing to sit out the first week knowing better days lie ahead. Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing was one of a handful of boats that ventured out, along with a few of the other Woodley Island charter boats including the Shellback, Full Throttle, and Fishy Business. The action over the weekend was a little slow, with boats landing between two and four fish per trip. According to Klassen, the ocean conditions aren’t bad and appear typical for this time of the year. He said, “With all the wind we’ve had, the upwelling has really cooled the water temperatures. There was quite a bit of bait around along with some nice edges. The fish we caught were full of squid and day fish, but I’m not sure if that’s what we were seeing on the meter. When the oceans rough like it’s been, it makes it tough to run and look for fish so we’re all fishing in fairly close proximity. There’s a chance the fish could be further offshore, but we won’t know until we get some better days where the fleet can get out and explore.”

Asheena Santos of Garberville landed this nice Chinook salmon, photo courtesy of Reel Steel sport fishing
Asheena Santos of Garberville landed this nice Chinook salmon during the opening weekend of salmon season out of Eureka. Santos was fishing aboard the charter boat Reel Steel. Photo courtesy of Reel Steel Sport Fishing

Marine forecast
After a windy start to the ocean season, the wind is finally predicted to subside slightly this weekend. Saturday’s forecast is calling for NW winds 5 to 10 knots and swells to 5 feet at 8 seconds and W 3 feet at 14 seconds. Sunday’s prediction is NW winds 5 to 15 knots and swells 6 feet at 12 seconds. These conditions can and will change by the weekend. For up-to-date weather forecast, visit You can also call the National Weather Service at (707) 443-7062 or the office on Woodley Island at (707) 443-6484.

Click to monitor the latest Humboldt bar conditions, or check out the bar cam.

Crescent City
Chris Hegnes of Crescent City’s Englund Marine reports the weather kept most of the boats tied up for the salmon opener. He said, “The wind was blowing pretty good, so there wasn’t much effort on salmon. I did hear that the water is pretty cold out front, which may make for a tougher bite. I think once we get some decent weather and some more boats on the water, we should be able to find some fish.” Hegnes also reports that the Redtail perch bite has been over the top at all the beaches. “We saw some big fish caught this past week.”

Good tides on the way for clammers
The current round of minus tides, in which none are lower than a foot, will last through the weekend. However, it’s the next set of tides, which are the lowest of the summer that has the clammers excited. They’ll begin next Friday, May 15 and go through Saturday, May 23. The lowest tides will be Sunday through Thursday, with tides ranging from -1.1 to -1.6 feet. In 2015, Little River Beach is open to razor clamming between Strawberry Creek and Moonstone Beach. In Del Norte County, the beach north of Battery Point is open to clamming. The limit is 20 clams and you must keep the first 20 dug regardless of size or broken condition. For tide information, visit this webpage.

Rockfish opener May 15
The 2015 rockfish season will open next Friday to boat-based anglers within the Northern Management Area — which runs from the Oregon border south to the Cape Mendocino Area. The recreational rockfish and lingcod season will run from May 15 through October 31. The daily bag limit per person is a 10 fish combination, except only three cabezon and Boccaccio are allowed per person. Cabezon have a minimum 15-inch size limit. There is no size limit for Boccaccio.

New regulations announced in March include:

  • A sub-bag limit of five black rockfish within the 10-fish rockfish, Cabazon, greenling (RCG) complex bag limit
  • An increase in the lingcod bag limit from two to three fish, 22-inch minimum.
  • Statewide closure of the California scorpionfish fishery from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The depth limit remains the same as last year; fish may only be taken or possessed in less than 120 feet (20 fathoms) of water. The take and possession of bronzespotted rockfish, canary rockfish, cowcod and yelloweye rockfish will remain prohibited statewide.

Trinity/Klamath Rivers
Water releases from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River reached their peak flow of 8,500 cfs on Wednesday and will be reduced beginning Thursday. Release rates will be reduced to 2,000 cfs over a period of 11 days. As the flows recede, several days of flows at 2,000, 1,200, and 700 cfs will follow for monitoring purposes. The summer base-flow rate of 450 cfs will begin on June 30.

Spring salmon fishing on both the Trinity and Klamath should pick up when the flows taper off and the rivers begin to clear, which should be sometime next week.

Send in your fish photos
Land a big halibut or perch lately? Or maybe your friend or relative has reeled in their first salmon. Email your fishing photo to and I’ll run them with the “Fishing the North Coast” weekly column and also post them on the digital version on Just include the name of the person in the photo, where and when it was taken and any other details you’d like to share.

Find “Fishing the North Coast” on Facebook and for up-to-date fishing reports and North Coast river information. Questions, comments and photos can be emailed to

Fishing Reports

A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story


Your outdoor adventures have only just begun
Northern California Fishing News, Northern California Hunting Reports

Fishing News

Northern California and Southern Oregon offer superb fresh and saltwater fishing. Before you make a trip, make sure you have
up-to-date news about where the fish are biting!

Hunting News

This region is also famous for its world-class hunting opportunities. Make sure you are armed with the absolute latest news by checking
the reports being filed daily at

Northern California Outdoor News, Northern California Outdoor Reports Outdoor News 

If you like to explore the great outdoors your choices are essentially infinite in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Use our news pages to plan your next outing!

Northern California Destination News, Northern California Destination Reports


So many places to visit and so little time, but if you scan
these pages you'll know in advance what lies ahead and what
not to miss in the almost-mythical State of Jefferson.
Buddy Photos

You are there! Towering mountains, vast valleys, unique shorelines. Land, water and air bursting with life. Opportunity presents itself. Llghting is right. Click! An image is captured for the ages.

Photo Galleries,

Photo Galleries

A preview of coming attractions...if you are planning a trip to this area be forewarned: What photographers have captured will whet your appetite for what will be an outdoor journey filled with wonders.  

Product & Services Directory

Don't let anything come between you and a wonderful weekend, vacation or or auto tour in this region. The fine product and services providers listed here will have what you need to enjoy your visit.  

Come back to for more Northern California and Southern Oregon fishing, hunting and outdoor news, reports, information, opinions and photos.


A friend to all who love the outdoors since 2006

Website Design Photo Credits: thanks the following individuals for contributing photographs for use on our Home and Section pages: Anders Tomlinson of, Casey Allen of Bayside, CA; Jason Haley of Medford, OR; Steve Breth of Burney, CA; Tracy McCormack of Eureka, CA; Grant Thompson of Grand Junction, CO; Richard Bott of Shingletown, CA; Ron Loftus of Yreka, CA; Scott Caldwell of Montague, CA; Lorissa Soriano of Alturas, CA and the late Dave Menke, formerly with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Website Design by Anders Tomlinson

©Copyright 2005-2015 by Frank Galusha, Editor and Publisher. Articles and photos are copyright protected and are published exclusively on the Internet by the publisher and may not be copied, displayed, reproduced or published in any other form without the express written permission of same who reserves all rights. Material supplied by others is the copyrighted property of the respective authors. Re-use of any MyOutdoorBuddy content, graphics and photos without written permission by the author(s) for any purpose is strictly prohibited.