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January 21, 2015    Headlines

Crab Counts Dropping Off
Supporting Salmon!

Not a whole lot going on along the coast with the current rockfish closure. Most party boats are either catch up on maintenance with the boats in dry dock or chasing sturgeon in an Pablo bay. We see some monster tides over the weekend of January 17th and this spur the sturgeon into feeding mode.

Looking ahead we will have news from the PFMC in February and March on what to expect from this coming salmon season. Last year the Golden Gate Salmon Association pushed hard and got the majority of the hatchery fish trucked past the hazards in the Delta. If those fish found good feeding conditions in their first few weeks we should see a very high survival rate. We will know come April if we are seeing lots of shakers along the coast. Those fish should be legal size by the late summer and hopefully be providing good action to coast anglers this fall. Time will tell and EVERY salmon angler on the Central and North Coast should be thankful for the work that GGSA has done to get the State and Feds to truck those fish.
At the Golden Gate Salmon Ass.  BOD meeting this past week we were receiving some very bleak news regarding out migrating salmon in the upper Sac the past few months. F&W has several screw traps in the upper river that allow them to count the number of juveniles out migrating from the upper river. Due to the drought the number of juvenile winter run salmon is crashing with the run being only about 25% of the past few years. This could have a BIG impact on how our ocean salmon seasons are set in 2016 and 2017.
GGSA is fighting hard to ensure that salmon populations rebuild but this drought is having a huge effect on wild or naturally produced fish. They are at the forefront of getting several large habitat improvement projects done throughout the Central Valley. The recently completed work at Painters riffle is just one of MANY examples of what this great organization has accomplished.
What they need most RIGHT NOW is YOUR support. I encourage reads to become a member of GGSA and go to their dinners and support their efforts. Visit their website and learn more about what they have done (in the three short years since they have formed) and what they are looking to accomplish in the coming years to protect salmon and this incredible fishery.
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

March 13, 2015 

Ramekins Event Center, Sonoma

 The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its 2nd Annual Sonoma dinner with special guest vintner and water conservation advocate Mike Benziger, Friday, March 13. The special event will be held at Ramekins Event Center, 450 W. Spain St. in Sonoma.  Doors open at 5:30pm. It will be a great night featuring hors d’oeuvres, Benziger Family wines, cocktails, dinner, silent and open auctions, and the chance to compare fish stories with all the folks we share the water with and raise funds for GGSA and its salmon restoration projects. GGSA will also update attendees on the current state of salmon affairs
“After last year’s success, it was an easy choice to honor Mike Benziger this year,” said
 Victor Gonella, founder and treasurer of GGSA, “Mike is well known in the region for his water conservation practices and bio-dynamic farming. Conserving and wise water policies are needed to keep the iconic salmon industry strong, along with California’s water dependent economy. As a farmer, Mike Benziger understands this. So, it is our great pleasure to honor him. Additionally, we are grateful to Darius and Sarah Anderson for supporting GGSA by providing the Ramekins location.
Mike Benziger is the managing general partner of the Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen. Long known for his astute bio-dynamic farming principles and water reuse practices, Benziger is a leader in understanding the importance of water conservation and best practices as it applies to agriculture. In 2010, Mr. Benziger was the recipient of the prestigious National Resource Defense Council water steward award
Tickets are limited and are available by calling
 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting Tickets are $125 per person, and will NOT be sold at the door. Table Sponsor packages are $1,200 and include reserved VIP seating for eight and $100 worth of raffle tickets.
The Golden Gate Salmon Association ( is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, tribes, 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.

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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