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Liners Doing Well
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 20, 2019

Mad River

The Mad is still a little high and off color, but there’s still fresh fish to be had. The liners did really well late last week and on the weekend fishing near the hatchery. It’s forecasted to really blow out after Wednesday, and should peak around 11 feet on Saturday morning. The chances of green water prior to the March...
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Late Season Storms Impacting Steelhead Anglers
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 20, 2019



The late-season storms barreling their way towards the North Coast are a huge benefit to all of our rivers and the fish that travel through them. But they can also be quite the burden to steelhead anglers. Chetco and Smith river fishermen will reap the rewards of the March rains, while anglers looking for additional opportunities on the Eel, Van...
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Lengthy Ocean Season Ahead for Salmon Anglers
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 13, 2019



Encouraged by the number of salmon swimming off our coast and predicted to return to the rivers, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Tuesday released three preliminary alternatives for managing salmon fisheries from the OR/CA border to Horse Mountain (which includes Humboldt County). According to the PFMC, 274,222 Klamath and 379,632 Sacramento fall Chinook are said to be swimming...
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Fishing The North Coast
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 6, 2019



Following a fabulously wet February – and with a “Miracle March” in the making – options for winter steelhead fishing have been limited to say the least. If it wasn’t for the quick-clearing Smith and Chetco rivers, we’d be you know what. Not only are those two rivers the only game in town, they’re both kicking out some quality, fresh...
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Ocean Salmon Numbers on the Upswing
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by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Humboldt County Coast

Spring rains, and lots of it, can do wonders for our salmon and steelhead populations. Following a wet spring in 2017, the benefits are starting to roll in. At Wednesday’s annual Ocean salmon Information meeting in Santa Rosa, CDFW suggested 274,222 Klamath River fall Chinook adults are swimming in the ocean. Not a huge number, but still right around the...
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Fall Klamath King Returns Were Up In 2018
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by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Klamath River - Upper - CA

Last fall produced some of the best king salmon fishing on both the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in recent memory, and the preliminary number of returning kings seem to reflect just that. While we’re still not back up to average runs sizes, we’re headed in the right direction. The CDFW predicted a river run size of 91,873 in 2018, and...
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