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San Francisco Bay

Rating - Fair   

Tuesday, Jan 17 2023
Halibut 2 Striper 2 Leopard shark 2 Crab 3 Few boats are operating for crab-only trips when the weather cooperates, but a Crab Validation Stamp is necessary as crab pots are not able to be used. San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay are chocolate brown from the heavy inflow from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, and navigation is dangerous due to the amount of floating and submerged debris that has entered the bay. The party boats have been quiet for the past week, and the only game in town will be crab-only trips when the ocean settles down or sturgeon trips within the south bay or San Pablo Bay. When the water clears, boats will start trolling for halibut around Oyster Point, but this is a few weeks off. Sturgeon fishing is closed from Jan. 1 to March 15 in the central bay from that portion of San Francisco Bay included within the following boundaries: A direct line between Pt. Chauncy (National Marine Fisheries Laboratory) and Pt. Richmond, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and a direct line between Pt. Lobos and Pt. Bonita. A few isolated herring spawns have been observed near Sausalito, but the bulk of the spawns have yet to arrive.




Tuesday, Jan 17 2023



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San Francisco Bay Weather

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San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary in the U.S. state of California. It is surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area, and is dominated by the large cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. San Francisco Bay drains water from approximately 40 percent of California.

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San Francisco Bay


Rating - Fair

Halibut 2 Striper 2 Leopard shark 2 Crab 3 Few boats are operating for crab-only trips when the weather cooperates, but a Crab Validation Stamp is necessary as crab pots are not able to be used. San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay are chocolate brown from the heavy inflow from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, and navigation is dangerous due to the amount of floating and submerged debris that has entered the bay. The party boats have been quiet for the past week, and the only game in town will be crab-only trips when the ocean settles down or sturgeon trips within the south bay or San Pablo Bay. When the water clears, boats will start trolling for halibut around Oyster Point, but this is a few weeks off. Sturgeon fishing is closed from Jan. 1 to March 15 in the central bay from that portion of San Francisco Bay included within the following boundaries: A direct line between Pt. Chauncy (National Marine Fisheries Laboratory) and Pt. Richmond, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and a direct line between Pt. Lobos and Pt. Bonita. A few isolated herring spawns have been observed near Sausalito, but the bulk of the spawns have yet to arrive.


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