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5 Best Spots for Salmon Fishing Northern California

May through November marks a special time of year on the Redwood Coast. Salmon season is officially here and people from all over the world flock to the area for the world class salmon fishing Northern California has to offer.

Whether you are seeking out Chinook, Coho, Sockeye or Pink, salmon fishing Northern California has it all. With the areas proximity to the Pacific Ocean as well as many pristine wild & scenic rivers, prime salmon habitats are not hard to find. Here are just a few of the local favorites:

Ocean Charter Trips Out of Trinidad, CA

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Photo: Trinidad Bay Charters

Ocean fishing for salmon is popular during early summer. The 2018 Chinook (“King”) Salmon Season is open June 1st – September 3rd.  

 

Trinidad offers some of the best opportunities for fishing on California’s beautiful Northcoast.  Located 30 miles north of Eureka, the rugged coastline provides miles of perfect salmon habitat.

Trinidad Bay Charters has years of  experience taking individuals and groups of all experience levels on successful salmon fishing Northern California. They offer 2 trips daily leaving out of Trinidad Harbor. All fishing gear is supplied.  Fish are cleaned for you on the boat.  All you need are warm clothes and food, if desired.  Don’t forget your camera!

Vacation Rentals Trinidad CA

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Vacation Rentals Trinidad CA

Seascape House and Suite

Best location possible! At harbor and right next to beaches and Trinidad Head.

 

Salmon Fishing on Humboldt Bay

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Photo: HumboldtBay.Org

Some of the best spots are right out of Eureka, CA. King (Chinook) salmon are found in abundance just outside of Humboldt Bay and even inside it at times.

 

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend there is steady action of salmon fishing here. Coastline Charters runs fishing and other charter trips out of Woodley Island Marina.  From spring through fall salmon fishing inside Humboldt Bay is a great option for those looking for a fun way to spend a half day on the calm waters inside the bay.

Vacation Rentals Eureka CA

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Vacation Rentals Eureka CA

Shadily Flat

Situated on the Humboldt Bay in Old Town, this newly finished 2 bdrm apartment is much more than your standard accommodation.

Salmon Fishing on the Eel River

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Photo: Green Water Fishing Adventures

Northern California’s Eel river is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the great success stories of salmon rehabilitation.

 

From the time of the first rains in October all the way through December the Eel River is a great place to salmon fish from a boat. Starting from the mouth of the river to up past Garberville on the South Fork, there are literally dozens of different “runs”. The Eel river provides tons of opportunities to fish ideal water conditions.

Green Water Fishing Adventures  is one of the premier guide services offering salmon fishing on the Eel river of Northern California. They provide all the gear and expertise you’ll need for success. Whether your a seasoned veteran or new to fishing altogether, Green Water Fishing Adventures can provide an outdoor experience you’ll never forget.

Vacation Rentals Fortuna CA

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Vacation Rentals Near the Eel River

Pacific Views Escape 

Relax and recharge at this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home situated above it all on Humboldt County’s sought after Table Bluff just minutes from the Eel River!

Salmon Fishing on the Trinity River

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Photo: Trinity River Adventures

Salmon season on the upper Trinity River starts in June with the arrival of the spring run Chinook. August brings the arrival of the fall run when in addition to Chinook, Cohos are also commonly caught.

Different spots all along the the river can be fished during the season but it is primarily the upper 90 miles of the Trinity River from Lewiston dam down to the Hoopa reservation that brings bright Kings in virtually every hole.

The water of the Trinity river is crystal clear and very peaceful this time of year. Trinity River Adventures is the areas most exclusive FLY-Fishing guide service for salmon fishing on the Trinity. They offer both full day and 2-Day trips.

Vacation Rentals Trinity River 

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Vacation Rentals on The Trinity River

River Front Cabin and Trail to your Private Beach on the Trinity River 

Walk down your private trail to the river for some morning fishing!

Salmon Fishing on the Klamath River

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Photo: Redwood Coast Fishing

The Klamath River is located at the very top of California near the town of Orick. Some say the salmon fishing on the Klamath is the best in all of Northern California. The king salmon here are bright, they fight hard, and are  wonderful for eating.

With the river’s close proximity to Redwood National & State Parks as well as the Pacific Ocean, there is a lot to see and explore in the area when your not “gone fishin”. Bears, eagles, redtail hawks, wild horses, seals, otters, and deer are all commonly spotted while fishing on the Klamath. Just south of the river is the largest Roosevelt elk herd in California, and you can view these magnificent elk almost every day.

Redwood Coast Fishing provides epic guided fishing trips on the Klamath River. A full day of fishing with these guys includes at least 8 hours on the water unless otherwise requested. All tackle and bait is included as well. Cruise in comfort in their heated drift boat or roomy jet sled and experience the stunning backdrop of Northern California’s Redwood Coast while fishing the hottest spots on the Klamath.

Vacation Rentals Orick CA

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Vacation Rentals Redwood National Park

Peaceful Creekside Cabin

Located toward the end of a quiet country road near Redwood National Park!

 

No matter where you choose to do some salmon fishing Northern California, don’t forget your fishing license. Licenses can be acquired at sporting goods stores located in many towns throughout the county. An annual fishing license is about $35, but there is also the option to purchase less expensive one or multiple day licenses as well.

Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers a large variety of vacation homes near the best salmon fishing Northern California has to offer.

Book Now… Just In Time For Salmon Season! 

Author: Dawn Marie

Travel Passionista, Marketing Maven, and Guest Contributor.

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