Monday February 3, 2014 Monte Rio CA.
Looks like the river’s mouth is partly closed
I drove on down to Jenner today and took a look at the river’s mouth from the overlook on highway 1 to see how it was doing? Looks to me like it’s partly closed. I say partly, because high tides can still push water into the river at this stage. The ocean is rough too.
The harbor seals seem to be in a good spot to greet any big fish coming into the river on their spawning journey. :O)
Back to Monte Rio to kayak
I was going to go kayaking at Jenner, but as I was taking pics from the overlook a chilly wind was blowing though me, so I decided to go back to Monte Rio.
I put my boat in the water at the boat ramp and headed on down the river.
River view just below Monte Rio, going down the river. Not much wind here.
I worked my way on down to Casini’s Ranch, where I started to run into a bunch of fishermen. Just as I approached Brown’s hole, just below the Casini’s riffle, this guy gets a fish on. Note the steelhead on the beach to the right, caught earlier.
The fish put up a good fight and he turned it loose. He’s got it in his hand, but it’s hard to see.
I worked my way on down to the Duncan’s Mills bridge through the fishermen. There are a couple boats down towards the bridge that were having some luck.
Charlie catches steelhead fish
I turned around at the bridge and started back up. I ran into Charlie, who just happened to have a bunch of fish rolling in front of him just above the fire house. He said he had one on earlier, but a harbor seal took it off his line.
As I was talking with him he hooked a steelhead fish. It put up quite a fight, before he landed it.
Here is Charlie with a fish on.
He finally landed it and then returned it to the water as it was a native fish, which can not be kept and must be returned to the water.
More fishermen were joining him when I left and headed back up the river, talking with some fishermen as I went.
I ran into the little flock of black crowned night herons just above the Moscow hole.
I spotted a bunch of fish just above Moscow hole, right near the night herons in the shallows. The steelhead go to the shallows to stay away from the harbor seals.
I continued up the river towards Sheraton Beach, which is up to the left in this photo, just out of sight.
When I got to the Villa Grande hole, I stopped to take a much needed break just above the hole in this spot.
After resting up a bit, I continued on up towards Monte Ro, which is up under the mountain in this picture.
Just as I was approaching the boat ramp a draft boat put in that had come down the river from Guerneville. Seems they had a bunch of luck fishing today.
They unloaded their fish and were taking pictures of their catch, so I got this picture of them.
I shot the bull with these guys for a bit, then pulled my boat out of the water and went on home for the day.
Nice day on the river.