Herring for the New Year?

It was yet another quiet week on San Francisco Bay. No new herring spawns were reported or observed for this weeks survey period. Staff did follow up on a spawn report near Blackie’s Pasture from the prior week but the event was likely an isolated “trace spawn.” The CDFW research vessel caught a small sample of maturing Pacific herring as well as Northern anchovy and American Shad in the North Bay this past week. As of Friday morning a small herring school was holding in deep water off Tiburon Peninsula. For now we wait until more fish arrive or the holding fish spawn. Note: The Pacific herring commercial gill net fishery opens today January 1, 2017 at 5:00pm.


Richardson Bay looking toward Sausalito