December 2014

by greenwater on December 6, 2014

 It’s definitely starting to feel like winter here on the North Coast.  Mother nature is doing her best to put a dent in the drought as we’ve seen regular rainfall in November and the forecast is calling for more to come through December.  While fishing can be great in low water, juvenile survival rate is tightly tied to water temperature and flow so for that reason seeing lots of water in all our rivers again is a blessing.
The big Sacramento International Sportsmans Expo is coming up next month and is always a ton of fun.  It’s amazing how much there is to do and see.  I’ll be giving seminars again this year in the Sportsman’s Theater so please come by and say hello.  Last year I presented on winter steelhead tactics and this year I’ve been asked to cover ocean king salmon fishing.  There will be lots of detail regarding the finer points of the strategies I use to put fish on Shellback day in and day out.
We just finished our sport crab trips on Shellback, I took some Mexico vacation time to hunt big tuna and now am looking ahead to winter steelhead.  The fish typically arrive in big numbers just after Christmas with January and February being the peak of the action.  The Smith, Chetco and Eel rivers are all looking primed and ready.  I start fishing them January 3 and still have 7 open dates for the month and a few more than that in February so if you want in on the action, now is the time to put a day on the books.
While spring is still a little ways off, I’m also starting to take reservations for our Sacramento River striped bass season in April.  This one has really become one of my absolute favorite fisheries with warm weather and plenty of action the norm.  The fact that they’re delicious doesn’t hurt either.  I can fish 6 people in my jetboat but with a party of 4 or more I won’t sell the remaining seats.  For smaller groups I’m happy to mix parties to meet the boat minimum.
I hope you’re all enjoying the change in seasons and are taking a moment to reflect on all that is good in life.  The people that we hold dear, opportunities we’ve been provided and the big fish that haunt our dreams.
Happy holidays and best wishes in the new year to come