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CA’s Ocean Salmon Season Shut Down – Again
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by Kenny Priest, APRIL 10, 2024



The Pacific Fishery Management Council officially pulled the plug on California’s ocean salmon season April 10. Pictured is Calvin Wagner of Boulder City, Nevada who landed a nice king while fishing out of Shelter Cove back in 2022. Photo courtesy of Jake Mitchell/Sea Hawk Sport Fishing At the March Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting, the Council voted on and approved...
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A Rainy End to the Steelhead Season
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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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CA Salmon Anglers Bracing for Another Bad Year
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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
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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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The main Eel was starting to turn green Wednesday, but was big
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by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 29, 2024

Eel River

The main Eel was starting to turn green Wednesday, but was big. Thursday’s rain dashed any hopes of the river dropping into shape anytime soon. Flows are predicted to reach 43,000 cfs at Scotia by Saturday morning. Will need a couple weeks of dry weather before it drops into fishable shape.
Salmon Numbers Up Slightly, But Closures Still Likely
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by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 29, 2024



If the forecasts from Wednesday’s Oregon Ocean Salmon Industry Group Preseason Planning Meeting are accurate, we could be in for another lean year when it comes to Chinook salmon fishing along the California coast. It could also result in another complete ocean and river closure to Chinook fishing state-wide in an effort to protect Chinook stocks. Though the ocean abundance...
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