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A Rainy End to the Steelhead Season
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 21, 2024



As if we haven’t had enough rain this winter, another potent storm is about to take aim at the North Coast. From the South Fork Eel north to the Smith, we’re looking at anywhere from 2 to 3 inches of rain combined with snowmelt to impact the rivers. All of the rivers will see a substantial rise in flows, turning...
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Are Our Rivers Healthy?
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, MARCH 17, 2024

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

I hope you had a great St. Patty’s Day and that you didn’t get too Happy. I always like to have at least one Green Beer on St. Patty’s Day and love that corned beef and cabbage. Back in the day we used to call it “a Boiled Dinner”. Lets get back to the subject of “Healthy Rivers”. I have always...
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CA Salmon Anglers Bracing for Another Bad Year
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 14, 2024



After a sometimes tense-filled week of meetings in Fresno, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) released its ocean and inland salmon season options Monday. The PFMC took a precautionary approach in setting the season alternatives, though some would argue they didn’t error on the side of caution enough. While more Chinook salmon returned from the ocean to spawn last year...
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Lean Times Continue for CA Salmon Anglers
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 7, 2024



Following a year of a complete salmon shutdown across the board, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) is again taking a precautionary approach in setting the 2024 ocean salmon seasons, even though ocean abundance forecasts have increased over the prior year for both the Sacramento River and Klamath River Fall Chinook. When the PFMC released its first, and not final, ocean...
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Winter Weather Turned to Snow
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, MARCH 4, 2024

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

As I started this report it was snowing big snowflakes; the snowflakes have now turned to rain. This storm has really brought in some crazy weather. The total rain for this storm is over three and a half inches of rain and almost one-half inch of snow in the Willow Creek area. I can imagine it brought a lot more...
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Fall-Run Chinook Salmon Fry Succumb to Gas Bubble Disease in Klamath River
by Erin Loury, FISHBIO, MARCH 1, 2024
Klamath River - Upper - CA

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that fall-run Chinook salmon fry released for the first time from its Fall Creek Fish Hatchery in Siskiyou County are presumed to have succumbed to gas bubble disease in the Klamath River. On Monday, Feb. 26, CDFW released approximately 830,000 fall-run Chinook salmon fry into Fall Creek, a tributary of the...
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