February 04, 2016    Headlines

Crab Tests Show Dropping DA Levels
GGSA Santa Rosa Dinner is April 1st

The 6th annual Golden Gate Salmon Association Santa Rosa dinner is on April 1st, 2016. This fun event is the first dinner of the season and in my prejudiced opinion (I am on the dinner committee) the best. This dinner sells out every year and readers will want to buy their tickets early.
GGSA is the voice of salmon and ALL proceeds go to supporting our Central Valley salmon fisheries. 
This year's dinner has an open bar and dinner will be a great spread of appetizers, smoked ribs, B-Q chicken by Lombardi's of Petaluma for dinner. There will be lots of top of the line fishing gear for raffle prizes and both a silent and regular auction items that includes full party boat and six pack charters plus many other great vacation, and entertainment packages.
Individual tickets are $85 with table sponsors for 8 seats at $850 that includes one entry into the special Table Sponsor raffle drawing. 
Tickets can be purchased by going to the GGSA website or directly at the counter at the Outdoor Pro Shop in Rohnert Park.
Come out and support our salmon fishery and learn what GGSA is doing to turn improve our salmon runs.

Crab Domoic Levels Continue to Drop / Some Ports Still Show High DA Levels
February 4th 2016
For the first time in the past month the California Department of Public Health has finally released new lab results of Dungeness crab domoic acid levels of North Coast ports.
This has been frustrating to say the least with no lab results posted for ports from Bodega Bay to Crescent City since the end of December. Weather was the main reason for the delay but why does it take 7 to 9 days to post the results after the crabs have been turned over to CDPH?
Here on 2-4 the CDPH released results from Crescent City, Eureka, Trinidad, Ft Bragg, Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay and San Francisco. Most of these tests are from the week of January 21 to 26 but were only published in the past two days.
Some of the highlights are:
Most ports saw the average of domoic acid in all crabs tested continues to drop. Some ports tested clean while others saw up to a third still testing above the federal guideline of 30ppm.
Half Moon Bay and San Francisco both AGAIN tested clean. Off Bodega Bay results were clean off Bodega Bay and the Russian river but the Salt Point test returned two crabs just above the federal guidelines.
Fort Bragg was a problem spot and the only port where we saw the average level of DA climb with DA levels as high as 81ppm in a single crab. Results like this, where one or two samples are far higher than most is the reason that the crab season remains closed.
Eureka saw their best results yet with clean crabs found off Samoa and the Eel River.
Crescent City also had a far lower average DA levels in all tests but results showed two crabs that were just over the action level.
After the results were posted in late December I was far too optimistic calling for a February 1st opener. Considering the small numbers of crabs being tested and the fluctuating results (where we see a clean test then crabs testing above guidelines a few weeks later) I am beginning to wonder if we will see a sport or commercial season anytime soon. 

Readers can see the latest results from the CDPH  here.


The rockfish season is over and while we wait on the crabs to clean up there are just a few salt fisheries for anglers to enjoy. There is always surf perch in Tomales, Bodega bay and the local beaches when the swell is low.
With the recent high ocean temps Rick on the New Sea Angler is thinking he could possibly find some Humboldt squid out on the edge of Cordell Banks. He will be running an exploratory trip on January 10th weather permitting. He is most looking forward to the crab season reopening. We are staying on top of DA numbers being posted by the CDPH and will post results as they become available.

Crab Update
January 7th

The Oregon and Washington recreational and commercial Dungeness crab seasons have opened. We California anglers are still waiting on clean crabs but the wait could end soon.
The trend line of lab results continues to drop in all California ports. Lab results are showing both the percentage of domoic acid levels and the numbers of crabs testing above the Federal action level of 30ppm is dropping in ALL NORTHERN PORTS. San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Monterey bay are all showing safe domoic acid levels in Dungeness crabs but levels of DA in some rock crab samples are still above federal guidelines.
There is still some crabs testing above action levels (30 ppm) in Bodega bay, Ft Bragg, Eureka and Crescent City but the percentage is dropping like a rock. We are awaiting test results in the coming week but are feeling confident that given the current trend that both sport and commercial fisheries could open on or before February 1st.
Readers can see the latest results
can be found here.

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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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