[env-trinity] Fishing a hit on Trinity River

Josh Allen jallen at trinitycounty.org
Fri Sep 30 15:59:23 PDT 2005

Fishing a hit on Trinity River 




Don Terbush For the Times-Standard


Expressions of frustration are giving way to shouts of success as sports
anglers are beginning to score in large numbers on the Trinity River
these days. 

"Yesterday (Tuesday) we had ideal temperatures and the steelhead were
biting," reported Willow Creek guide Ed Duggan. Hoopa, Red Rock produced
half pounders as did Maple Creek. Tish Tang had a mixture of salmon and
steelhead and fly fishers had good conditions. Willow Creek to Hawkins
Bar also was good for steelhead. 

"Below the airport fishing was good in the evenings after the shade hits
the water. The same at Kimtu for bankers using spoons. Upriver, fishing
was slow for adult Chinook, hot for steelhead." 

Ed added that his party took three adults 10 to 12 pounds at Del Loma on
Monday. Alan Mishimoto boated a 6-1/2 pounder. His wife, Sandy, boated
two nice 4-pounders on spoons. The north fork of Junction City provided
good fishing for a mix of steelhead. 

"There are a lot of salmon in the river," Ed pointed out. 

The Chinook count at the Willow Creek weir was 637 as contrasted with
last year's count of 195. The steelhead count as of last week was 584
contrasted to last year's of 31. 

The Trinity Hatchery to date has logged 572 Chinook to last year's 870. 

"There are lots of jacks and adult salmon in the Klamath River,"
according to River's West guide Rich Mossholder. The jacks average six
to eight pounds, and the adult salmon 12 to 14 pounds. 

Red roe and small chartreuse puffballs have been effective, as well as
Hot Shots. 

The sport salmon bite has virtually disappeared at Shelter Cove and the
commercials have been scratching, according to launch operator Lee Self.
"There was one sport salmon brought in two days ago," he noted. Lings
and a variety of bottom fish are being landed around the Whistler. No
halibut have been reported. 

Effective Friday, Saturday and Sunday the launch will be in operation
only on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Effective Saturday the commercial cabezon fishery season will close. 

The Department of Fish and Game will close the fishery because
projections from landing receipts and dockside tabulation efforts
indicate that commercial fishers will have reached this year's
allocation. DFG expects that that by the closure date of Oct. 1 the
annual commercial allocation of 59,300 pounds of cabezon will be taken
for the 2005 calendar year. 

Sport anglers continue to take redtail perch from the dock in Humboldt
Bay, reports Todd Wagner of Bucksport Sporting Goods. He also said a
couple of leopard sharks have been brought in. 

Salmon are moving into the Hamilton City area of the Sacramento River in
large numbers. A fish per rod is common and more boat limits of king
salmon are being reported daily. Fall run kings are averaging 15 to 25
pounds with an occasional 30-plus pounder. 

Ladies Pheasant Hunt 

The application deadline for the California Waterfowl Association's
Ladies Pheasant Hunt Eel River Wildlife Area is October 7. 

Hunt No. l is 8-11 a.m. Hunt No. 2 is 1-4 p.m. 

Hunters must have a valid hunting license and Upland Game Bird Stamp.
Competition is limited to 75 ladies. 

For applications or additional information contact the Department of
Fish and Game, 619 Second Street, Eureka, CA. 95501. 






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