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April 18, 2015    Headlines

Deep Reef Salmon
Rockfish Opens

The rockfish opener was excellent for Captain James Smith on the California Dawn as they ran outside the Gate for 190 rockfish and 9 ling cod before returning to the bay for 22 striped bass and a halibut for 20 anglers. The weather outside the Gate was rough but there were lots of fish holding on the nearshore reefs. As the weather lays down the ling and rockfish counts will climb.
Out of Emeryville, the Tiger Fish reported in with 10 limits of rockfish, 3 lings to 7 pounds and 3 striped bass on Wednesday’s 4-15 opener while the Sea Wolf and the New Huck Finn returned with 280 rockfish and 56 ling cod to 15 pounds for 33 anglers working the Marin coast.
On the salmon front two party boats ran to the Deep Reef on Thursday 4-16 with 16 anglers for improved salmon action with 11 salmon to 16 pounds.

Deep Reef Salmon
As we reported yesterday we though the Deep Reef area off Half Moon Bay would produce the best salmonnaction as the winds laid out after Tuesday's wind and rain. That is exactly what happened on Wednesday 4-8. Roger Thomas on the Salty Lady out of Sausalito reported that two boats from that harbor the Ray Anne and Outer Limits had a combined 41 salmon for 25 anglers to 18 pounds. Most of the fish were cookie cutter 6 to 8 pounders with a few bigger fish in the mix. Roger said both were trolling at the Deep Reef of 19 miles from Seal Rocks or 11 miles outside of Half Moon Bay. The weather was calm with less than 5 knots of wind over a 6 to 7 foot swell. The forecast calls for good weather through Friday with NW winds returning over the weekend. This is an excellent weather window to get out and enjoy good fishing and light loads. Roger on the Salty Lady has room as does the Emeryville Sportfishing Center. Out of Half Moon Bay Dennis on the New Captain Pete has room on both Thursday and Friday. Support the boats that make this site possible. Without them we could not provide these reports.

Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 4
California's recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from Horse Mountain (40 05' 00" N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border.The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (38 57' 30" N. latitude), the minimum size limit is 20 inches total length. For areas south of Point Arena, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length.

For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34 27' 00" N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used, and no more than one rod shall be used per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling.

Additional ocean salmon fishing regulations for the 2015 fishing season will be decided next month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) during its April 11-16 meeting in Rohnert Park, and by the Fish and Game Commission at its April 17 teleconference. Final sport regulations will be published in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 2015 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet, which will be posted online in May.

 hree alternatives are currently being considered for California's 2015 commercial and recreational ocean salmon regulations, including season dates, size limits, bag limits and quotas. The public is encouraged to comment on any of the proposed alternatives, which can be found at the PFMC website.

CDFW reminds anglers that retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries. For complete ocean salmon regulations in effect during April, please visit CDFW's ocean salmon web page or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 

Salmon Tease
While we are all waiting on the salmon opener, here is a great video from this past summer posted up by Pautzke Bait fishing with Gary Blasi. Gary with Full Throttle sportfishing has been brining all of his tray bait with the Pautzke's Fire Brine. In the video Gary shares a few secrets on how he brines his baits and rigs his terminal gear.
Warning: this video will cause salmon fever. Salmon fishing out of Eureka with Gary Blasi

Alaska Vacation
For readers looking for an Alaska adventure we still have a few weeks available at our Kenai peninsula vacation cabin in 2015
Our fully equipped, coastal home sits on three wilderness acres on the "middle Kenai peninsula". 
Being centrally located we are within 30 minutes of five rivers including the Kenai, Kasilof and Anchor and just 20 minutes north of the saltwater tractor launches in Ninilchik and Deep Creek.
Most of our guests do a combination of fishing on their own and a day or three of guided river, fly-out or saltwater trips between trips. With our centrally based location your options are unlimited.
For all our guest's we include a three hour tutorial (at our Sebastopol home) covering tackle, tactics, and everything between. We can also hook you up with our network of some of the best guide, charter and fly-out contacts in the area.

The three bedroom/ 2 bath cabin comfortably sleeps 6 and weekly rates are just $1500 per week (Sunday to Sunday). Additional info and pictures can be found here.
If you have any questions please give us a call at 707 479-0992

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.

Upcoming Events:
USAFishing proudly supports the many fishery and wildlife organizations that benefit anglers and hunters throughout Northern California. Does your organization have an upcoming event? Contact us at and we will gladly post your group's information on our reports pages.

Golden Gate Salmon Association

Golden Gate Fishermen's Association

Party Boat Contacts:
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.

The California Dawn / Berkeley 510 773-5511  

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5-day plot - Wind Speed at 46026

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