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February 28, 2015    Headlines

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Salmon News
The annual salmon meeting was held in Santa Rosa on Thursday 2-26, and Captain Roger Thomas of the Golden Gate Salmon Association and skipper of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito called to report that the upcoming season will most likely have fewer restrictions than the 2014 season. In other words, things look good for this season, pending approval from the Pacific Fisheries Management Council during their final meetings in March and April. The only sticking point is the possibility of the lack of winter-run salmon creating some additional restrictions. Salmon fishermen better enjoy the coming season since 2016 doesn’t look too promising with the effects of four years of drought starting to rear its ugly head.
Department of F & W officials report that most all of the out migrating juvenile salmon in 2014 likely perished due to warm low flows in 2014. One reason to be hopeful of better fishing in 2015 is that most of the hatchery produced fish were trucked to San Pablo and Suisun bays. This was thanks to a big push that the
Golden Gate Salmon Association  made for having the fish trucked instead of a near certain death if they were released at the hatcheries. If this trucking was a success we should see lots of 15 to 18" size fish early this spring. By late summer and fall these fish will be of catchable size of 20 to 24". Come 2016 they should be pushing 8 to 12 pounds.

The Golden Gate Salmon Association is a prime mover and shaker of ensuring that Californian’s have the opportunity to actually fish for salmon, and we all have a debt to leaders like Thomas, John McManus, Victor Gonella, Dick Pool, Zeke Grader, and many others who work diligently behind the scenes to make this happen. YOU can show your support by joining the Association as well as supporting their fundraisers.
The 4th annual Santa Rosa dinner will be held on Friday April 3rd. Tickets for this fun event are just $80 and is a sellout every season. Tickets can be purchased by visiting their website at
Golden Gate Salmon Association. Many additional dinners are planned throughout the year and may be coming to a town near you.

2014 Salmon Returns Released
Initial numbers looks cautiously hopeful for 2015 season.

 San Francisco  --  The Pacific Fisheries Management Council reports that about 212,000 adult salmon returned to spawn in the Sacramento River and its tributaries in 2014.  About 10,000 adults returned to the San Joaquin, Mokelumne, Consumnes and other Central Valley rivers.
The 2014 adult salmon return, or escapement, exceeds the minimum goal set by fishery managers of 122,000 to 180,000 fish. 
In addition, another 25,359 two year olds, commonly called jacks also returned to the Sacramento basin.  These sub-adults (think teen agers) are capable of spawning (like teenagers).  Only a relatively small percentage of jacks come in from the ocean, with the rest staying out at sea one more year. The number of returning jacks is multiplied to calculate the expected number of three year old adult fish out in the ocean.  The 2014 jack count is about 25 percent higher than the 2013 jack count.  Although the multiplier that’s applied changes slightly from year to year, a layman’s analysis suggests there could be about 25 percent more three year olds are in the ocean now than the 600,000 estimated at this time last year. This suggests there could be close to 800,000 adult salmon forecast for 2015.
The official 2015 forecast will be announced by state officials at a meeting February 26 in Santa Rosa.   This number will be used by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to propose times and areas where ocean salmon fishing will be allowed off the California coast.  The Council will finalize setting the 2015 season by April.  As of now, the sport salmon season is set to open on Saturday April 4 off the California coast south of Horse Mountain, near Shelter Cove in southern Humboldt County.
Things look relatively good on the Klamath River.  There, fishery managers were shooting for a minimum escapement of 40,700 natural adult spawners.  Instead they ended up with more than twice that at 95,330. Another 31,000 adult salmon returned to the hatchery. 
Although we now know that federally protected winter run largely failed to reproduce in the wild in 2014 due to elevated river temperatures, fishing restrictions to further protect them likely won’t kick in until next year when they’re big enough to bite a bait. 

A lot more information will be available at the February 26 informational meeting in Santa Rosa. 
The Golden Gate Salmon Association (
) is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, an Indian tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. GGSA’s mission is to protect and restore California’s largest salmon producing habitat comprised of the Central Valley river’s that feed the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable, commercial, recreational and cultural resource.
Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in economic activity annually and about half that much in economic activity and jobs again in Oregon. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large.
John McManus
Executive Director
Golden Gate Salmon Association

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.

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