Salmon Smolts Mixed Between Klamath Hatchery | Fishing the north coast


Due to extremely poor water conditions and the high risk of fish disease on the Klamath River, hatchery officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were recently forced to truck more than one million smolts from the Iron Gate hatchery to two other hatcheries in the Klamath watershed. This is the first time in its 55 year history that the Iron Gate Hatchery will not release young salmon in early summer. Citing deadly water temperatures, CDFW has trucked over 170,000 smolts to Fall Creek Hatchery and 1 million to Trinity Hatchery. Another million smolts will remain at Iron Gate. Once water conditions improve on the Klamath and the threat of disease decreases, the young salmon will be brought back to Iron Gate and will spend a few weeks re-acclimating before being released with the smolts that have remained there. . Young salmon will have an added advantage as they will be a bit older and tougher which should produce a better survival rate. The hope is that October will see storms that will cool the water and reduce the risk of disease. By then, over a million smolts will be spending the summer away from home. For more information visit

Marine forecasts

Conditions will start to improve slightly on Thursday and look decent throughout the weekend. On Wednesday, Friday’s forecast calls for northerly winds of 5 to 15 knots and a northwesterly swell of 5 feet to six seconds. Conditions on Saturday will be the same, with waves ranging from 5 feet to six seconds. Sunday is the same, with northerly winds of 5 to 15 knots and northwest waves of 5 feet to six seconds. These conditions can change and will change by the weekend. For an up-to-date weather forecast, visit or To monitor the latest Humboldt bar conditions, visit You can also call the National Weather Service at 443-7062 or the Woodley Island office at 443-6484.

The oceans:


Ocean conditions have kept the Eureka boats moored since last Tuesday, but it looks like they will have a weather break on Thursday. The conditions may not be good enough to move towards the cape for redfish, but they should be fishable for salmon. Trinity

“The ocean conditions haven’t been great, but we still manage to get redfish limits on a daily basis,” said Curt Wilson of Wind Rose Charters. “For the last few days the wind has blown in the evening creating choppy waters in the morning, but conditions improve throughout the day. We were able to make it to Reading Rock several times last week, where the fishing has improved. been excellent We get a good variety of rockfish as well as ling cod limits When the weather keeps us close to home the rockfish bite just north of Trinidad Head produced quality black rockfish limits. A few salmon are caught off the lagoons each day, but there hasn’t been much effort. A sports boat landed a 16lb this week. The crab is slowing down and the quality has deteriorated as they start to shed. molt. “


Shelter cove

The salmon were very slow for the most part, according to Jake Mitchell of Sea Hawk Sport Fishing. “There was a good bite on Friday just inside the whistle, but only a few were taken on Saturday,” Mitchell said. “I went to Usal a few days ago to search. We found a fair amount of bait, but we only caught a few bucks. The weather was pretty big, so we didn’t really search. too far lately. pretty much in every direction you’re going. “

Crescent City

“Salmon fishing isn’t scorching, but some are caught on a daily basis,” said Kevin Hooper of Englund Marine in Crescent City. “There are a handful of boats that have limits each day, while the majority pick up one or two. Most of the action takes place directly south in 100 to 110 feet of water. California are caught daily by kayakers and anglers off South Beach. The bite of rockfish and lingcod has been constant throughout the season, with fairly easy limits. The Sisters and South Reef are two of the best places.


Windy weather limits fishing opportunities outside of Brookings Harbor, according to Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters. He said: “A few salmon are caught near the buoys, but the overall action is slow as the rough seas keep the boats close to shore. Most charters have canceled their trips. A few rockfish are fished south of the harbor and near. from Chetco Point, but the best reefs were not accessible due to difficult conditions. A wind cut is expected Thursday, but wind is expected again throughout the weekend. No boat was able to catch offshore for Pacific halibut, which remains open at Brookings. The sea bass fishery has been good at Winchuck Beach and Crissy Field. “

The rivers:

Lower Klamath

Salmon fishing in the spring has been good for the trollers in the Klamath Estuary, where a good number are caught each day. Anchovies mounted with a spinning blade have been the top producer so far, but some are caught on Kastmasters and Cut Plugs. The best fishing was on arrival and a few hours after peak.

Lesser thief

Salmon fishing heated up in Rogue Bay last week, with some guides getting limits and most getting a fish or two per boat, Martin reported. “The bite slowed down over the weekend, mainly because of the strong winds,” he said. “You can see a lot of salmon splashing in the bay. The warm water upstream prevents the kings from leaving the estuary. More wind is expected this week.”

Kenny Priest (he / he) operates Fishing the North Coast, a Humboldt fishing guide service specializing in salmon and rainbow trout. Find him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and For up-to-date fishing reports and information on the North Coast River, email [email protected]

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