January 20, 2015    Headlines

Dungeness Crab Slows
Waiting on May Salmon Opener

2015 Salmon Outlook

The 2015 salmon opener looks to be May 9th, 2015. Over the next several weeks the PFMC will be reviewing their data and we expect that there will be no major surprises to the North Coast salmon season this coming season.
The salmon action just outside Eureka has been EPIC the past three years. That said, we are in the third year of drought and this will impact the numbers of wild salmon swimming off our coast. Will 2015 be as good as the last three? We hope so!
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 ocean 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.

We will be following the upcoming PFMC meetings and will post updates through the process. Options for this coming season will be out in March.

Until then here is a great video from this past August posted up by Pautzke Bait fishing with Gary Blasi. Gary Blasi 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

Gary on the Sea Weasel, Tony on the Shellback and Matt on the Fishy Business are all taking reservations for the 2015 salmon season. Please use the links at the top of the page to contact our sponsors.

See Mad river report for reports from Mad River Tackle. Gary Blasi reports the steelhead action has turned on as of January 15th.

Northern California MPAs
A suite of new or modified marine protected areas (MPAs) are in effect along the  California’s north coast.
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 MarineBIOS at, DFG’s interactive online marine and coastal map viewer.

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