Latest News On Ocean Fishing Off the Humboldt Area Coast

From the Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers

We’re finally coming out of the most extreme COVID restrictions, but with too little time now to properly plan an indoor full-size fund raiser dinner and auction. We are planning a smaller, lower-key event for Saturday, April 9. ...

Good News: We have extended the date for submitting entries through THIS WEEKEND (closing Oct 4 11:59pm)…Post (to HASA Facebook page) or email me here with your pictures (2 pictures: one of you and fish, one of fish and measure) ... ...

Hope the fish are biting,and everyone is staying safe during this summer. Our team has been working hard to get the summer newsletter out and ready for everyone. Big Thanks to Joe Polos for all his hard work! In this ...

Prayers…[This post no longer current - Active search has been suspended - See Wednesday evening post for final update.]UPDATE: BOAT FOUND, TWO MEN STILL MISSING - Shortly after midnight, Coast Guard crews located the missing vessel partially submerged approximately half a mile north east of King Salmon. No sign of the occupants has been found.Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews have continued to search for the missing fishermen along with shore parties from Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Personnel and assets from California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt Bay Fire are joining the ongoing search efforts.Anyone sighting anything related to the search is requested to contact Sector Humboldt Bay via VHF-FM Ch 16 or 707-839-6113. Photo courtesy of the Arbaugh family: ... See MoreSee Less
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[This post no longer current - Active search has been suspended - See Wednesday evening post for final update.]UPDATE: BOAT FOUND, TWO MEN STILL MISSING - Shortly after midnight, Coast Guard crews located the missing vessel partially submerged approximately half a mile north east of King Salmon. No sign of the occupants has been found.Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews have continued to search for the missing fishermen along with shore parties from Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Personnel and assets from California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt Bay Fire are joining the ongoing search efforts.Anyone sighting anything related to the search is requested to contact Sector Humboldt Bay via VHF-FM Ch 16 or 707-839-6113. Photo courtesy of the Arbaugh family: ... See MoreSee Less
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Notice from CDFW regarding recreational crabbing:Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program UpdateApril 13, 2022California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has assessed entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP) and in accordance with regulations adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission for the recreational crab fishery. Due to increased risk of whale entanglement, Director Bonham is restricting the use of crab traps for the remainder of the recreational Dungeness crab fishing season. The season ends on July 30, 2022 in Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties and on June 30, 2022 in all other counties. The trap restriction becomes effective at 7 p.m. on April 24, 2022, at which point the use and deployment of recreational crab traps shall be prohibited. This restriction is being implemented because of the unusually large number of humpback whales that have migrated back to California waters earlier than in previous years and because of several recent humpback whale entanglements involving California commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear and gear of unknown origin. This statewide trap restriction will help minimize risk of entanglement as humpback whales continue to return to forage in California waters during the spring and summer months. Recreational take of Dungeness crab by other methods, including hoop nets and crab snares, is not affected by the trap restriction. For more information related to the risk assessment process, please visit CDFW’s Whale Safe Fisheries page. For more information on the Dungeness crab fishery, please visit CDFW’s Crab page, including FAQs for the new recreational crab trap regulations. A map of all Fishing Zones can be found on the CDFW website. ... See MoreSee Less
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Crescent City! The herring have arrived and we've been getting reports all afternoon of full buckets! Photo credit: Alger Omongos ... See MoreSee Less
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