Herring have been busy this week around San Francisco Bay. A spawn was reported at Coyote Point in San Mateo County starting on
Saturday/Sunday. Most of the activity took place along the breakwater outside the marina and some spawn was also found near Fisherman’s Park south of the airport. A new spawn started at Mission Rock in San Francisco on Monday and is expected to last through the rest of the week, likely moving north toward the ballpark and Ferry Building. Castnetters were loading up with herring along the waterfront and public fishing piers in the area. The current pattern of spawning is similar to last year and a good sign given the poor ocean conditions related to the strong El Nino.
Note: The commercial gill net fishery opens this weekend at 5pm on Sunday January 3, 2016 and runs through March 11, 2016 at 12pm.