Golden Gate Salmon Association dinner in Sonoma set for Nov. 9

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Those who fish for salmon, who like to watch them come up our creeks to spawn, and who love to eat them, should all mark their calendars and order tickets for the annual Golden Gate Salmon Association Sonoma dinner, set for Nov. 9 at Ramekins.

The GGSA will honor Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, for managing our county’s water sources while also protecting salmon habitat in local rivers and creeks.

The evening will begin with an appetizer reception, followed by a dinner featuring California wild king salmon prepared by top Sonoma and San Francisco chefs. After dinner, guests will have the opportunity to bid on vacation getaways and salmon fishing trips in 2019, and more items.

All proceeds go to GGSA’s work to restore California’s most important salmon runs. Tickets are $125.00 per person or sponsor a reserved table of 10 for $1250.00.

To order tickets go to, or call 855-251-GGSA.

Speaking of salmon, Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing, is still finding salmon for his clients, including a 33-pound king caught last weekend.

Rick is also providing lots of rock-cod and lingcod action for his clients. Call him at 875-3344 to book a combo trip. Also, if you are interested in going out for albacore tuna, call Rick. He is just waiting for conditions to get perfect to start his first trip.

And if you’re still interested in salmon, there is good action on the Sacramento River according to guide Kirk Portocarrero, who is finding lots of nice fish for his clients on the Sac.

Capt. Trent Slate’s party boat, Bite Me, has been taking clients out of Loch Lomond Marina regularly for the past two weeks and finding lots of fish. He’s been going outside the gate for salmon limits, then fishing inside the bay for nice limits of halibut and striped bass.

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait Shop says that the weather on the Bay in October is usually the best of the season.

If you’re interested in booking a trip call Trent at (415) 307-8582. For current information about Bay fishing call Keith at (415) 456-0321.

Weather and fishing have both improved on the upper Sacramento River this week, according to Bob Grace at the Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir. He says there is a lot of repair work being done downstream from Dunsmuir near Lakehead where the fire burned through a couple of weeks ago. But the fishing through Dunsmuir has been good.

Those who might be concerned about the condition of my friend Steve Kyle, who accidentally caught the biggest “fish” of his life (himself) recently, can cease to worry. He seems to be fine. Apparently the Sonoma Valley Hospital ER docs had to use a pair of bolt-cutters to remove the large barbed hook embedded in his skull.

Several of us have offered to loan him our bicycle helmets for his next fishing trip and he has appreciated all of the “barbed” comments he has received from his many local friends who read about his big “catch.”

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