October 03, 2016    Headlines

Crabbing Opens November 5th
Rockfish and Lings All Biting

The halibut quota has been filled and that leaves rockfish and lings through most of October as the target species. Our six pack sponsors are finding easy limits of rockfish and good ling counts when the weather cooperates and they have enough interest to make the trip. The Dungeness crab sport season opens on November 5th.
All of out Eureka sponsors will be offering crab only trips through the first month of the season. The prime season will last through November ahead of the commercial fleet setting their gear in December. There is no more affordable way way to load up on ten crab limits than a charter boat trip. Not only do you get to enjoy a morning on the water you participate in catching the crabs and know how fresh your catch is.

Nearly all the salmon currently on the coast are there thanks to the Golden Gate Salmon Association. If not for their efforts to push both state and federal hatchery managers to truck fish over the past three years of drought we would have likely NOT had a season this year or next. I encourage readers to support this great organization and their efforts to return our salmon fishery to it's past glory. You can visit their website and see all that they are doing to make that a reality.

Northern California MPAs
A complete list of all north coast MPAs, including detailed regulations and maps, can be found at
DFG’s MPA mobile website, located at, will be updated to include the  MPAs. The mobile website allows the public to use any web-enabled device to locate MPA boundaries and regulations by using an interactive map or searching by name, county or general area. A mobile device’s GPS can also be used to find a person’s current location relative to any MPA. In addition to the mobile website, boaters can view MPAs on nautical charts or other background maps by visiting Marine BIOS at, DFG’s interactive online marine and coastal map viewer.

Upcoming Events:
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Golden Gate Salmon Association Events

California Waterfowl Dinners and Youth Events Calendar

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