Watching the Steelhead Come into the River for Spawning

Sunday February 7, 2016 Jenner CA.

A nice day

The sun was out and the wind was down as I put my boat in at Jenner this morning. I paddled across the river to Penny Island and down along it’s side headed down towards the river’s mouth.

This is what it looked like as I crossed over towards the mouth area.river

 

I was paddling along here when I ran into Patrick, a guy who lives down this way. He had his camera and was just sitting on the shoreline watching for things to take pictures.fishspot

 

Steelhead coming into the river

Now, Patrick was sitting there for a reason as he was watching some harbor seals working over some steelhead that had just come into the river to spawn and were heading on up along this shoreline right in front of me.

So, I started watching with him. An osprey flew past us with some kind of eel, headed up the river. The osprey are just starting to come into the river area to start their nesting soon.osprey

 

Patrick was high enough so he could see into the water better than I could from my low angle in the kayak.

He says, here comes three big steelhead, headed right for you. Can you see the three steelhead? They spooked just as they got to me and turned and fled.steelies

 

Here’s another one that swam past me.fish

 

This one came right over to my boat and tried to get under it. It had some blood on it from a recent seal hit. There were a couple seals working them in front of us, but the seals must have been full as they weren’t giving it their all.steelhead

 

River’s mouth is open

This was my view looking across the river to the open mouth from that spot.mouth

 

Eventually Patrick left, so I continued on down to the end of the river and sat in this wood debris and watched.wood

 

There were lots of harbor seals resting on the beach. Here’s some of them.seals

 

The ocean was rough and pounding the rocks. This is looking out the open mouth. It’s moved back south a bit and is almost behind the jetty again.mouth2

 

I headed back over towards Penny Island where I saw this little golden eye duck trying to eat something, so I paddled a little closer. It had a little Dungeness crab it had caught and was trying to get it down.golden

 

Headed to the upper end of Penny Island

I continued up along the island headed for the upper end.island

 

It was so calm today, I just sat around the upper island area and enjoyed the nice day.

I watched this great blue heron eating small fish on the upper end of the island.heron

 

I hung around to just after four PM and then went on in to the boat ramp and put my boat on the car and went on home.

That was my day for a nice one.

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