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August 29, 2014    Headlines

Salmon Bite Heats Up
Rockfish and Lings on Marin Coast

The salmon action continue to be good to great with party boats reporting solid fish per rod to limit scores of big fish the past few days. On Thursday 8-28 Emeryville Sportfishing had three boats out. As of 5:PM the Sundance and Salmon Queen reported in with 20 salmon to 30 pounds for 20 anglers. Both were trolling off the Marin coast. Captain Harry on the New Seeker was mooching and fishing late and at this time has not reported in. (A possible good sign for you ((like me)) light tackle mooching enthusiasts). The fleet was been working a wide area from the Channel buoys to Rocky Point and up to Duxbury. This is the peak of the fall run that is currently pushing through the Golden Gate. Our sponsors have limited room for salmon and rockfish and ling cod trips on Saturday and all reports lots of spots open next week as school is back in.  
Second captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady found great action earlier in the week, posting limits on consecutive trips, but the bite slowed down for their boat on Wednesday and Thursday with a combined 6 salmon to 27-pounds for 35 anglers. He said, “You should have been there yesterday.” It appears that the salmon are found in small groupings, and you have to be fortunate enough to be on them and also stick your opportunities when they arise.
The Happy Hooker out of Berkeley will be taking an open load rockfish trip on Sunday, and there is plenty of room. Captain Jim Smith will be returning from his stint in Ninilchik, Alaska, accompanied by Larry ‘The Legend’ Nelson this weekend. While Nelson is attempting to add another title to his belt on the Second Annual ‘Ego Trip’ next Thursday, September 4th, Smith will be taking a salmon trolling trip on the Happy Hooker.

While Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito is doing good work for all commercial and sport anglers by attending meetings in the Pacific Northwest, second captain Jerad Davis continues to post outstanding salmon scores. On Tuesday 8-26, Davis put the passengers onto 10 limits of salmon to 29-pounds after loading up with 16 salmon for 9 anglers on Monday. The best action has been off the edge of the North Bar at the Middle Grounds and out to Duxbury and Double Point.
The Sundance, a six-pack out of Emeryville Sport Fishing, returned with limits on Monday and Tuesday with 12 fish to 16-pounds on Tuesday. I encourage all anglers sitting on the side lines to get out now as the fish are close, BIG and plentiful. This is the main vein pushing through now and fish of this quality and numbers are what we have all been waiting for.

Close to Home: Intervention needed to save salmon from drought
Many will remember the extra distance fish agencies went this past spring when they moved baby salmon in tanker trucks from the hatcheries down to the Delta and San Francisco Bay for release.
This was done because drought conditions made Central Valley rivers deadly to migrating baby salmon. It will be 2016 before we know whether it worked.
In the meantime, drought conditions persist, threatening adult salmon returning to spawn now through early fall. Salmon are encountering river temperatures in excess of 70 degrees, weakening them and the fertility of the eggs and milt they carry.
In salmon-dependent communities on the coast and along the Sacramento River and its tributaries, there’s deep concern for this parent generation of salmon. Salmon eggs incubating in river gravel die if river water temperatures exceed 56 degrees for more than three days. By October, when fall run salmon spawning usually peaks, most of the rivers and tributaries could be over 56 degrees. If we’re lucky, a small section of the far northern Sacramento River might be cool enough to support some spawning. But miles below it won’t be, meaning we could be facing the threat of no fish and no fishing in coming years.
This doesn’t have to be. There is something can be done. The Golden Gate Salmon Association has proposed to capture adult fall run salmon, take their eggs and milt and temporarily incubate the fertilized eggs at a hatchery. The fall run is the usually numerous run that supports the commercial and recreational salmon fishery off California and most of Oregon. As fall turns to winter, and Central Valley rivers cool, the eggs could then be injected back into river gravel. They’d hatch out months later and live as wild salmon.
The Coleman National Fish Hatchery, located on a cold-water tributary of the Sacramento River called Battle Creek, might be a place where the work could be done prior to re-injection into the river. Coleman can reportedly handle 30 million juvenile salmon but produces only about 12.5 million juvenile salmon annually, which should leave room to temporarily harbor millions of drought-threatened eggs.
Egg injection back into the river could likely be done during November when river temperatures have cooled to tolerable levels. This same action could be done on other Central Valley rivers with hatcheries including the Feather, American and Merced rivers.
Injection involves poking a hard plastic pipe into river gravel using water pressure from a portable pump, creating a cavity in the gravels, flushing out sediments and carefully pouring the fertilized eggs down the pipe into the riverbed where they’ll rest until they hatch.
Injecting fertilized salmon eggs into river gravel isn’t a new idea. It’s been done in Alaska, Oregon and elsewhere. This is probably the right year for California to join the list of states that have used this proven technology. This proposal doesn’t require more water, since there is none, but it would help save salmon jobs and keep coastal and inland river communities economically vital. That’s why the Golden Gate Salmon Association is calling for this extraordinary measure to sustain salmon, which is needed in this extraordinarily dry year.
John McManus is executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Regulations for the MLPAs are now in effect from Pt Arena to Pigeon Point. Anglers need to know which areas are affected and the regulations and the boundaries of the different zones. Please use this link and be sure to print a map for these areas to carry with you.

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The Emeryville Sportfishing Center is currently booking salmon and potluck trips begin in late April. They have a great promotion that when you take six trips your "lucky" seventh trip is free. This is good on any of their boats. Reservations can be made at 510 654-6040.

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