Kenny Priest


Rain – and hopefully steelhead – on the way
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, DECEMBER 13, 2018

Smith River

Winter steelhead season has yet to kick into gear on the North Coast, but changes are a brewing. We have a couple decent storm fronts headed our way that will put all of the coastal rivers on the rise. If the rain comes as predicted, the rivers will see their highest flows this winter, except for the Smith. The Eel,...
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Coastal rivers await steelhead
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, DECEMBER 6, 2018

Chetco River

With very little rain over the past week and the rivers on the drop, the end is likely in sight for the late, fall-run salmon season on the North Coast. The season has been somewhat of a disappointment to fishermen as only a couple major storms hit the coast and dropped enough rain to bring the Smith and Chetco up...
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Telling weekend for late fall king run
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Chetco River

The season for late fall kings finally got going last week following the first significant storms of the year. For the Smith and Chetco, I’d say the fishing was fair. While there were some big, bright fish caught on both rivers, the overall scores were pretty underwhelming. Now granted, conditions weren’t exactly perfect, but we were all hoping to see...
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Rain will kick-off late run of fall kings
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Humboldt County Coast

The season’s first sizeable storms are finally filling our local rivers with fresh rainwater. And that means hard-charging, fresh from the salt king salmon – big and bright – will be making their way up all of our coastal rivers starting now. So, if you see a family member duck out early on Thanksgiving Day, or fail to show up,...
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Coastal anglers – and salmon – waiting on rain
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Humboldt County Coast

The arduous wait for rainfall continues to drag on. For coastal salmon anglers waiting to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel, it seems like a lifetime ago when the rivers last had enough flow for salmon to maneuver upriver. Hardly a drop has hit the ground since late October, when enough rain fell in the Smith Basin to put the...
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Banner North Coast Opener for Dungeness Crab
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Humboldt County Coast

The sport Dungeness crab season kicked off this past Saturday, and those who ventured offshore reported the crabs were plentiful and good-sized, and much meatier than last year at this time. Captain Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing set gear south of the entrance this week in 90 to 120 feet of water and reported 18 to 25 keepers...
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