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Fishing in Humboldt County

With 130 miles of coastline, as well as a whole host of rivers and lakes, a Humboldt County fishing adventure rivals a hike in the area’s Redwood forest.With a variety of fresh, salt, and brackish waters to explore, anglers of all skill levels will find something here to whet their appetites – and their fishing lines. 
Freshwater enthusiast? You can drift down the Trinity, Eel, Chetco, or Klamath Rivers, which are bustling with Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead, as well as huge Brown Trout. Although the Sacramento River technically lies just outside of Humboldt County, you’ll find plenty of guides here offering trips to this location. It's home to brackish waters, which means one thing: Striped Bass. For anglers looking for bragging rights, it’s well worth the journey.
If you want to try out some pure saltwater fishing, head to Humboldt Bay or the ocean beyond. Here, you’ll be able to hook into Halibut, Rockfish, Lingcod, and maybe even some Albacore Tuna., The coastal fishing season is generally open between May and November. 
Local fishing guides generally run trips in four-, six-, and eight-hour chunks. If you’re new to fishing, or simply want to spend a lazy afternoon drifting down a river, a shorter trip will work wonders. For  those who want to cover more ground, a longer trip is more suitable.
It’s pretty common for guides to follow the fish, during your trip. This means you can be flexible when choosing a launch site. Anderson and Weitchpec are popular freshwater spots, with Eureka being the favored saltwater location.

Rules & Regulations

Every angler 16 and over will need to purchase a valid California fishing license, even when fishing alongside a guide. You can get a standard California sportfishing license that covers fresh and saltwaters. Your fishing guide will make sure you’re equipped with fishing gear that’s suitable for the trip you choose.

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Humboldt County Fishing Seasons


Start your year off with top-quality river fishing – all you need to choose is where you want to go! Winter Steelhead can be found throughout the county. The Trinity River offers up an especially productive bite.

Winter-run Steelhead fishing on the Eel River is something that shouldn’t be missed in February! The Trinity and Chetco Rivers also offer up plenty of action when it comes to this species. 

Humboldt County's offshore season hasn’t yet opened, so keep your focus on river fishing. Steelhead and Brown Trout can be found in the area’s rivers, and the first Striped Bass show up in the Sacramento River.


April usually signals the true start of some serious Striper chasing! Make the journey to the Sacramento River, and focus your attention on the area where it meets the Feather River. You’ll be in for a Bass bonanza!


The weather is heating up, and you’ll find that the Salmon action is following it. The first spring-run Coho and Chinook can be found throughout the area’s rivers, and the Striped Bass action remains hot. 


Head to the coastline and escape the heat on an adventure out to sea, where you'll bottom fish for huge Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish on the Pacific. Freshwater fanatic? Salmon and Steelhead fishing remains strong.


If you want to hook Halibut without heading all the way offshore, now’s your time to journey over to the Humboldt Bay, where you’ll be in with a chance of targeting huge varieties of this fish. 


You can now target Albacore Tuna in both the bay and the Pacific, so gather your strength for a Tuna chasing adventure! The rivers are bustling with Salmon and Trout, and Striper can still be hooked in the Sac.

This month is all about two species – for saltwater fishermen, it’s huge Halibut. For freshwater enthusiasts, it’s Steelhead. Pick your opponent and then head to one of the many fisheries on offer to hook ‘em!

Halibut fishing in the bay is seriously spectacular in October. This is your best chance of hooking the “Doormat” varieties that you’ve probably heard about! Steelhead and Salmon fishing is on offer for freshwater fishers.


As the year begins drawing to a close, so does Humboldt County’s saltwater fishery. This is the last month where you’ll be able to head offshore to hook Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Albacore. Take advantage of it!


End the year in style by opting for a thrilling freshwater adventure. It’s all about the winter-run Steelhead during this month, and you’ll find an abundance of them in Humboldt’s rivers. The Trinity is especially plentiful!

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Reviews of Fishing in Humboldt County

Great 6 hour bottom fishing trip
Jay S. fished with Steve Huber – Crescent City on July 27, 2020
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
July fishing trip
John O. fished with Steve Huber – Crescent City on July 2, 2019
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
Half Day Trip with Amazing weather
Juan M. fished with Northern California Guide Service – Red Bluff on April 29, 2019
As long as weather is nice, fish on. Tight Lines.

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