Waiting for More Herring

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Golden Gate Bridge Fog – CDFW

The last confirmed spawn occurred at Point Richmond just over a week ago. The stormy weather kept our survey vessels in for part of the week and no new spawns were observed or reported. The weather forecast looks good for a few days and the commercial fleet is still optimistic that there will be some herring to catch. We typically see spawn events up and through the end of March so stay tuned until the next report.

Herring Spawn Roundup

There have been several small spawn events around the bay over the last week. Starting in the north, there was one at Belvedere Cove and Angel Island. Nearby in Richardson Bay a few eggs were observed on the edge of the channel close to Peninsula Point. It should also be noted that there has been a continuous amount of bird activity in this area. Large rafts of gulls, cormorants, Bufflehead and others can be seen around the point (video).

In the south, there was a spawn at Fisherman’s Park in Burlingame and along the jetty at

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Cooler of herring – CDFW

Coyote Point Marina. As reported earlier the commercial fleet and recreational fisherman were able to catch a few herring during that event. Commercial herring landings for the Odd Platoon (7 fishing vessels) totaled just over 19 tons. This brought the entire commercial catch total up to 37 tons of the 750 ton quota for the season.

On Thursday and Friday this week a flurry of bird and marine mammal activity was observed around Point Richmond. Herring spawn was found on eelgrass near the jetty and herring appeared to be spawning to the north near Cypress Point. We’ll provide more updates next week once spawn assessment efforts are complete.

Coyote Point Fishing

Herring moved into the area near Coyote Point late yesterday to begin spawning in the South Bay. Castnetters were busy catching herring at Fisherman’s Park early this morning

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Coyote Point – CDFW

and by mid-day the commercial herring fleet had moved into the area adjacent to the Coyote Point Jetty.

The commercial fleet and recreational fisherman were having good success fishing the jetty through the day. The fleet anticipated fishing into the evening as a new storm system approaches, hoping to catch a few fish before the winds push them back into port or the spawns ends. Stay tuned for more updates and landing totals for the commercial fleet.

 

Herring Fishing Comes to Sausalito

A frenzy of fishing activity was centered just off the Sausalito waterfront beginning early this morning and lasting through the mid-day high tide, video link (Sausalito Fishing). Marine mammals, birds and of course the commercial fleet were easy to spot from Bridgeway.

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Commercial Herring Fleet Sausalito – CDFW

The fleet finally had a chance to land a few fish today and as of this afternoon approximately 18 tons of herring had been landed at Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman are expecting to have a shot at a few more fish  before the weekend closure at noon Friday. Stand by for an update as the weekend approaches.

 

 

Herring Spawning in Richardson Bay

A herring spawn started in Richardson Bay near Sausalito over the weekend and continues

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Richardson Bay at Dawn -CDFW

today, primarily in the mooring field and the waters adjacent to Dunphy Park.

The commercial fishing fleet was also active in the area but only a very small amount of fish had been caught as of this afternoon. A moderate sized herring school was detected near Yellow Bluff, south of Sausalito. These fish will likely move into the area as the spawning continues over the next couple of days.

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Pacific Herring School (shown on a fish finder) -CDFW

There was a report of a trace spawn between the Alameda Rock Wall and Bay Farm Island in the South Bay over the weekend. The spawn survey detected herring eggs on rocky rip rap over a small area near Bellena Island Marina.

In this update we would also like to say thanks to the many herring observers for providing reports from all parts of the bay. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Please keep the reports coming!