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Ocean Salmon Season Showing Signs of Life
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by Kenny Priest, JULY 22, 2021



Well, it looks like the salmon season on the North Coast has a pulse after all. After the first three weeks of the season produced very little, especially out of Eureka, salmon are finally starting to show up. The hot spot has been right out front of Trinidad. “It’s been like this off and on all season,” said Tony Sepulveda...
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Salmon Smolts Being Shuffled Between Klamath Hatcheries
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by Kenny Priest, JULY 14, 2021



Due to extremely poor water conditions and high risks of fish disease on the Klamath River, California Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery managers were recently forced to truck more than 1 million smolts out of Iron Gate Hatchery into two other hatcheries in the Klamath watershed. This is the first time in it’s 55-year history Iron Gate Fish Hatchery...
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Reliable Rockfish Catches Keeping Fleet Afloat
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by Kenny Priest, JULY 8, 2021



With an early closure of Pacific halibut and a slow start to our salmon season, the one steady fishery at the moment is rockfish. From Shelter Cove north to Crescent City, limits of quality rockfish and ling cod have been the norm. In a season with not much left to fish for, they’ve been a blessing. From charters to private...
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Wide-Open Pacific Halibut Bite Continues
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by Kenny Priest, JUNE 24, 2021



Halibut continues to be the shining light out of both Eureka and Trinidad as the sizzling bite continues this week. Boats fishing just north of the entrance in 270 to 300 feet of water are boating limits well before 9 a.m. It’s looking like the only thing that will slow you down is if you can’t get to the fishing...
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Sizzling Pacific Halibut Bite off Eureka and Trinidad
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by Kenny Priest, JUNE 17, 2021



The weather isn’t the only thing heating up right now. The Pacific halibut bite on the North Coast is sizzling! With salmon season still a couple weeks away, offshore anglers have honed in on the halibut, and they are coming over the rails at a record pace. Eureka and Trinidad have both experienced some exceptional fishing. And we’re not talking...
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Break in the Wind Puts Boats Back on the Water
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by Kenny Priest, JUNE 10, 2021



The wind and seas finally relented on Tuesday, allowing the Eureka-based fleet of boats to get back on the water. A few of the boats went south, reacquainting themselves with Cape Mendocino. The rockfish bite was good according to the few boats who made the run. The majority had halibut on their minds and headed north to 250 feet of...
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