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Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt County
The opportunistic river otter looks for fish scraps on the charter boat dock in Trinidad.


Excitement abounds – salmon season opens Saturday
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, JUNE 4, 2020

The crown jewel of our ocean fishing season will kick off on Saturday, and it couldn’t come at a better time. To say we could use a break or a distraction from what’s happening in the world would be an understatement. Though the effects of the on-going pandemic and protesting will likely take a little luster off the opener, there...
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More than half of the land-based plastic pollution that ends up in the world’s oceans can be traced back to five countries – four of which are in southeast Asia. Rivers such as the Mekong, act as watery pathways that carry those plastics from land to ocean. Given the transboundary nature of the Mekong River and the importance of fish for human...
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Eagle Lake Report
by Valerie Aubrey, MAY 30, 2020
Eagle Lake

Beautiful overcast morning. ‘Bout time we cooled back down. Windy early today. Fishing has been fair to fairly good since the weather heated up. Fish are moving around and down a little. Surface water temp up from 54/55 last weekend to 63-65F this weekend so we need the cooling off for a few days. Red/gold Thomas Buoyant still producing. Watermelon...
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Offshore angling hampered by wind
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MAY 28, 2020

It was a very quiet holiday weekend, especially for the boats that wanted to head offshore. The north wind was prevalent out of Eureka all weekend, never letting up enough to allow boats to venture outside Humboldt Bay. But, judging by the number of boats, kayaks, and even bank anglers fishing in the bay, there was clearly a pretty good...
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Trinity River 2020
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, MAY 24, 2020

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

The new fishing Regulations are out! July 1, Trinity River opens to fishing for Spring Chinook salmon; 1salmon (period) per day 2 in possession above the South Fork of the Trinity to Old Lewiston Bridge. September 1, Trinity opens to fishing for Fall Chinook salmon; 2 salmon per day, 1 adult and 1 jack or 2 jacks per day, no...
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Eagle Lake Opening Day
by Valerie Aubrey, MAY 23, 2020
Eagle Lake

Orange Jay Fair’s hot orange toplining, small brook trout rapalas, 2” rainbow trout flicker shad 9ft deep, red/gold Thomas Buoyant, nickel Thomas Buoyant 5-7ft deep. Red dog d/j medium. Youth Camp channel fished well. South side of Pelican Pt had scattered pods. Scattered pods on the west side...moved out over deeper water but were still on top for me. Mixed...
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