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September 23, 2014    Headlines

Salmon Bite Slows
Solid Rockfish and Ling Action

While there are still pockets of Sac bound salmon pushing through the main focus for party boats has been "white meat". On Tuesday 9-23 Rick Powers had 24 anglers on board. Fishing off Pt Reyes they bagged limits of quality reds and browns adding 13 lings to 12 pounds. Rick switched to the salmon mooch gear for a couple of hours in the afternoon hooking two and landing one beauty of 24 pounds off Bird Rock. Rick said private boaters saw scores of 0 to 4 per boat with Billy G reporting a 20 pounder for his usual 2 to 3 hours of effort. 

Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing reported Friday 9-19, “We have kind of switched gears over the past few days and focusing upon putting in as many ling cod as close to limits rather than mooch for the few salmon off of Ten Mile Beach,” adding, “It has been a wide-open ling cod bite with nearly 200 lings combined on our last four trips.” The lings are in addition to limits of quality rockfish. He did get some positive salmon reports from private boaters seeing a fish per rod to limits and commercial anglers over of the past two days off of Ten Mile Beach, and some commercials are landing as many as 30 salmon. He is full over the weekend, but there is plenty of room next week. The crab opener is only five weeks away on November 1st, and Powers has plenty of room on the opening weekend.
On Saturday 9-20 private boater and buddy Santa Rosa Frank ran 35 miles up the line looking for BIG rockfish. They put in four limits of all quality rockfish adding limits of lings including three between 20 and 23 pounds. Frank said they broke out the trolling gear after they saw several salmon from 12" to 18 pound breaking the surface but they didn't get a single bite. On the way home in 120 feet of water off Salmon Creek they spotted a 50+ class white sea bass jump clear of the water four times that was obviously chasing bait. Again they broke out the troll gear for no reward. Frank said there was a ton of bait on the spot and was still rubbing his eyes Sunday morning when he told me his tale.

The focus is turning to rockfish but there are salmon still to be caught. On Wednesday 9-17 Rick on the Sea Angler ran to Point Reyes. 25 anglers caught limits of rockfish and 43 lings to 24 pounds. Rick said the lings were all monsters with a solid 12 to 15 pound average. Rick has a few spots that he hits only a few times each season and this was one of them. On the salmon front there has been little news from private anglers this week. There continue to be a few fish scratched up each day but the fish are scattered and the overall bite is slow and looks to be a scratch bite at best for the c=balance of the season.

Looking ahead the Dungeness crab season is less than six weeks away. NOW is the time to start getting your gear in order and those party boat reservations made.
If you are looking to add some pots to your string or maybe add that power block to your boat contact Dave Engman with Catch Em products. Dave is the local "go to" guy with a full line of everything crab. Dave has davits, Ace Line haulers and is very knowledgeable about how to rig and set up your new power block. Give him a call at 707 538-5440.
We expect an "average" start to the season and sport anglers should find easy limits through Thanksgiving. How long average crabbing lasts depends on just how much commercial pressure we see. The commercial boats wont be setting gear until mid November and it's during those first few weeks that the counts are highest.

This weekend Rick on the New Sea Angler concentrated his efforts on lings and rockfish. On Tuesday 9-16 Rick reported 18 limits of lings to 15 pounds on top of sacks of quality reds and schoolfish at Point Reyes. Rick says the weather has been flat the past few days. Salmon fishing has been spotty but there are pockets of fish pushing through. The key is to be lucky and be fishing at the right spot on the right days. Darrel K of Santa Rosa reported two salmon and one lost at Ten Mile on Sunday. They then ran north and worked the small reefs off Salmon Creek for 8 rockfish and one 15 pound ling with another hitch hiker lost at the boat.

USAFishing Readers
You're probably aware that we are looking at a desperate situation for spawning fall run king salmon in the Sacramento Valley this year. River temperatures are too hot to support successful spawning. Instead of the needed 56 degree water, temperatures throughout the spawning zone are bumping up against a minimum of 58 degrees, and rising. No relief is in sight until probably December, but by then, spawning will be done. That's why GGSA has taken the initiative to push for emergency intervention to keep our salmon fishery alive. Doing nothing likely means we could be shutdown in 2017 with very few salmon in the ocean.
Check out the attached article. As of this morning, neither the state nor federal fish agencies have committed to intervening to save the fall run salmon but we're hoping to get a positive response from them by the end of this week.
All of this reminds us that we can no longer presume our salmon fishery will always be there for us. The water pie isn't big enough for all the varied interests that want a piece anymore. On top of that the river and tribs have been damaged by development. Add drought and we have disaster. Salmon interests have to work harder than ever before to keep the salmon fishery vital and GGSA is doing this work. That's why you saw GGSA successfully advocate that juvenile hatchery salmon be trucked to safe release sites last spring when low river conditions meant few if any would survive the downstream migration. GGSA is at it again and doing our best to represent the interests of our member organizations which all want healthy salmon runs.
Open the attached pdf to see the graphic that accompanied the story below in today's Redding Record Searchlight.
GGSA needs your help and support to keep this work going. Come to one of the dinners, sign up online at to become a member or consider increasing your level of support to Heritage member. Or just send in a donation. We're working to insure we've got abundant stocks of salmon in the ocean and returning to our rivers next year and in the years to come. Thanks.

John McManus
Executive Director
Golden Gate Salmon Association

Navigating the drought
Redding Record Searchlight (CA)
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Author: Damon Arthur 530-225-8226

The statewide drought has federal and state officials considering a process never before tried in California to save fall-run salmon eggs from being killed by warm water in the Sacramento River.
The process to save Chinook salmon eggs, called egg injection, may be needed if water temperatures in the river increase next month, said Kevin Shaffer, a fisheries branch program manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“It’s something we haven’t done in California. We’ve talked about it for a long time,” Shaffer said.
But with the drought leaving the Sacramento River and streams across the state at all-time low levels, state and federal officials, as well as fishing groups have been meeting to talk about doing it as early as next month. “This is something that is so unique because of how bad the conditions are,” Shaffer said.
Shaffer said whether they do egg injection depends on water temperatures in the river. Officials would need to decide by later this month or early October whether to do egg injection, he said.
John McManus with the Golden Gate Salmon Association said if the water temperature in the river gets too warm, the salmon eggs die, reducing the numbers of salmon returning to the river to spawn in the future. “Drought is threatening to destroy an entire year class of the Central Valley wild fall-run salmon,” said McManus said in a statement. “If we let that happen, the ocean will be empty of salmon in a few years. In addition, we stand to lose valuable genetics evolved over thousands of years. This is preventable if we act now.”
Tod Jones, who owns the Redd Zone in Astoria, Oregon, said he developed the egg injection process in the early 1980s and used it in southeast Alaska. He said officials could use eggs from Coleman National Fish Hatchery, where they would be fertilized and stored until they develop enough to put into the gravel on the Sacramento River.
The eggs would be placed in the river gravel when the water level is higher and the temperatures are cooler.
The temperature control device on the back of Shasta Dam is supposed to force water releases into the river from the lower and cooler parts of the lake. But the lake level is getting so low that the device “is on the verge” of being ineffective, said Brian Person, area manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the dam.
While the lake is very low, it has not reached the record low level set in 1977, Person said. That year, the lake was 234 feet from the dam crest, he said. As of Monday, the dam was 162 feet from the crest.
McManus said the drought has been particularly hard on the Chinook salmon over the past year. Each year hundreds of thousands of salmon return from the ocean to spawn in the river and at Coleman National Fish Hatchery.
The association said the salmon are important part of California’s economy, supporting hundreds of jobs and contributing about $1.4 billion to the state’s economy annually.
“Without human intervention, the drought, which has been greatly exacerbated by human mismanagement of scarce water supplies, threatens to annihilate salmon eggs laid by this year’s adult salmon,” association Chairman Roger Thomas said. “We need to act now to avoid a salmon catastrophe which could lead no salmon fishing in the future.”
An estimated 20 to 40 percent of the eggs in the Sacramento River were killed in fall 2013 when the river level dropped, leaving the salmon nests above water level.
And last winter and spring, officials trucked millions of baby salmon to the San Joaquin Delta rather than let them swim on their own. The river level was so low they were concerned that too many of the young fish would be killed by predators.

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Marine Weather
With the Point Arena, San Francisco and Bodega Bay buoys all out of service it's been tough to judge conditions. There are some land based weather stations, wave rider and even webcams that readers can use to assess current conditions.  The Point Reyes wind observations or wave conditions at the San Francisco wave rider buoy are good tools for Golden Gate anglers.  For Bodega Bay anglers you can use both the Point Reyes wind observations and the Bodega Bay Marine lab web cam at Horseshoe Cove and conditions at the Point Arena light house. For Monterey based anglers looking for conditions inside Monterey bay can use the Monterey Bay Aquarium buoy.




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