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March 25, 2017    Headlines

Invest In YOUR Salmon Future
Salmon Options

Golden Gate
The salmon season opens next Saturday 4-1. Of the three options on the table all give us sport anglers the month of April to fish. The other two (option one) calls for a season of April 1-30 then reopening May 15 through October 31st. Option two calls for a season of April 1-30th and then June 15th to October 31st. The third option calls for a season of April 1-30th. From what we are hearing the NMFS is pushing for option 3 or April only. We have our fingers crossed that we see option 2 or the month of April and then June 15th through Halloween.
We expect most party boats from the Golden Gate to Half Moon Bay to head offshore to the 35 to 50 fathom curve. Top bets range from W to S  Buoy and out to the Islands and South to the Deep Reef.
Word from commercial crabbers and party boats on whale watching trips is that there is excellent sign of mostly anchovies with some scattered krill from north of the Deep Reef to below the Islands. One fellow member of the GGSA board who is a commercial crabber reported two weeks ago "tons of hard bait in 40 to 50 fathoms outside of S buoy and some salmon marking below the schools of feed on the meter". This is the first year where we will see the full results of trucking hatchery fish to the Bay and delta in 2014. If those fish survived we could be in for a surprise of better action than anyone expects. Party boats have lots of room available. Roger Thomas on the Salty Lady is whale watching weekends and running fishing trips on weekdays through May.
We will have party boat scores and updates next Saturday 4-1.

2017 Sport Salmon Season Options:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The final 2017 salmon options for the upcoming season have been released. There have been changes in the past few days and the reason for the update to this story. For sport anglers they range from good (greater Bay Area) to Bad (Monterey bay) to Ugly (Eureka) which will be closed to fishing this year. The link at the bottom contains all the details and we are posting the general options below. The one concern is that in all areas the third option calls for just a 30 day season in April. We are hoping that overall we see options that are close to what the 1st and 2nd options call for.
For commercial anglers it's sadly all bad news with very limited openings and time on the water.

Sport Options
Cal / Oregon border to Horse Mountain: All three options now call for a full closure for the waters from the Cal Oregon border to House Mountain will be closed for the 2017 season

Horse Mountain to Point Arena:
Option 1: April 1st to 30th. Then May 15th to October 31st
Option 2: April 1 to May 31st and then July 1st to the 12th and then September 1 through November 12th.
Option 3: April 1-30th.

Point Arena to Pigeon Point:
Option 1: April 1-30th then May 15th to October 31st
Option 2: April 1-30th then June 15th to October 31st.
Option 3: April 1-30th

Pigeon Point to Point Sur:
Option 1: April 1- July 15th
Option 2: April 1 to June 30th
Option 3: April 1-30th

Here's a link to the proposed recreational seasons

Invest in your salmon future, catch more fish and get a tax write off!

If you caught a salmon in 2016, you can thank GGSA.  But for the extra trucking of hatchery fish that GGSA convinced the hatcheries to do in 2014, we almost certainly would not have had an ocean or river fishing season last year.  We know it wasn’t a great season for many, but at least we fished!
Same goes for this coming year, 2017, where again we’ll be relying almost exclusively on the extra hatchery fish trucked because of GGSA to provide an ocean season.  Remember, these fish were born in the middle of one of the worst droughts we’ve seen and it was GGSA that recognized it and acted to keep you fishing.
How much do you spend to fish salmon in a day or how much do you make fishing salmon?  How about in a season? 
Now, YOU have an opportunity to support YOUR salmon fishing future while reducing some of the income tax.  You can make a tax-deductible donation to GGSA to support that group that is fighting for the fishery we all so much enjoy. Compared to what many of you pay to fish salmon, a small donation is the best investment you can make in YOUR own fishing future. 
That’s because GGSA is leading the way to keep salmon in our streams, in the ocean and on the deck of the boat you fish on.
With the recently passed federal water bill GGSA is in the trenches fighting for salmon EVERY day. This bill which will decrease protections for Central Valley salmon and increase water exports in the south Delta could decimate our salmon runs. GGSA is at the table fighting for water to keep our fishery alive. To see what they have accomplished in 2016 please click here
Not a GGSA member?  Consider buying a regular membership for $35 here or go the extra step and buy a Heritage membership for $500.  Or just make a donation.  Either way, it’s a good deal considering you might not have fished last year or in the future without GGSA.
Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the one group who's SOLE FOCUS is Central Valley Salmon.



The big storm as kept boats tied up the past few days. The crab counts on the party boats are dropping with scores from 5 to 9 crab per angler with the Sea Wolf out of Emeryville Sport Fishing posting 145 Dungeness crab for 18 anglers on Monday 12-12 along with limits of rockfish and 34 lings to 14 pounds. The New Huck Finn returned with 225 rockfish and 150 crab for 30 anglers. These trips took place on Monday.
Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker will be heading out both Saturday 12-17  and Sunday with open loads, and he expected to be able to run up the Marin coast for rockfish with the northwest wind dropping.  He said, “It sounds like the weather will be good, and with the northwest, we will be able to fish the coast.”

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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