California Ocean and Inland Salmon Seasons Set by Fish and Game Commission

The California Fish and Game Commission today adopted ocean
salmon fishing regulations that allow for a season this year.
Inland salmon season regulations were also adopted for the Central
Valley, and Klamath and Trinity rivers. This represents a
restoration of the traditional salmon fishery throughout
California, the first since major closures were enacted in 2008 for
both ocean and inland waters.

“It is excellent news that we can set ocean and inland salmon
seasons that allow commercial and recreational fishing while still
protecting stocks of salmon that need special considerations,” said
John McCamman, Director of the Department of Fish and Game (DFG).
“Anglers will again be able to enjoy salmon fishing, while
individuals and communities that rely on income from this industry
will hopefully begin to recover from the economic losses they’ve
experienced over the past few years.”

The newly adopted ocean salmon sport fishing regulations conform to
those adopted by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. They are
now available on DFG’s website at
www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp.

Please note, on all Central Valley rivers, the daily bag limit and
possession limit is two Chinook salmon, and anglers on the Trinity
and Klamath rivers must have Salmon Harvest Cards in their
possession when fishing for salmon.

Details of the newly adopted inland salmon seasons and regulations
for Central Valley rivers and the Klamath and Trinity rivers are as
follows:

SACRAMENTO RIVER

Upper Sacramento Zone: Open Aug. 1 through Dec. 18 from the
Deschutes Road Bridge near Anderson downstream to 500 feet upstream
from Red Bluff Diversion Dam.

Middle Sacramento Zone: Open July 16 through Dec. 18 from 150 feet
below the Lower Red Bluff (Sycamore) Boat Ramp to the Highway 113
Bridge near Knights Landing.

Lower Sacramento Zone: Open July 16 through Dec. 11 from the
Highway 113 Bridge near Knights Landing downstream to the Carquinez
Bridge.

FEATHER RIVER

Open July 16 through Dec. 11 from 1,000 feet below the Thermalito
Afterbay Outfall downstream to the mouth of the Feather
River.

AMERICAN RIVER

Nimbus Dam to Hazel Avenue Bridge will be open to salmon fishing
from July 16 through Dec. 31.

Hazel Avenue Bridge to the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
gauging station cable crossing near Nimbus Hatchery will be open to
salmon fishing from July 16 through Sept. 14.

The USGS gauging station cable crossing near Nimbus Hatchery to the
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) power line crossing
the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park will be open to salmon
fishing from July 16 through Oct. 31.

The SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil
Hoffman Park to the Jibboom Street Bridge will be open to salmon
fishing from July 16 through Dec. 31.

The Jibboom Street Bridge to the mouth will be open to salmon
fishing from July 16 through Dec. 11.

KLAMATH RIVER

Open to fall-run Chinook salmon fishing from Aug. 15 through Dec.
31 with a daily bag limit of three Chinook salmon, of which no more
than two may be more than 22 inches in length. The possession limit
is nine Chinook salmon, of which no more than six may be more than
22 inches in length. The 2011 quota for the Klamath River basin is
7,900 fall-run salmon more than 22 inches in length. Once this
quota has been met, no Chinook salmon greater than 22 inches in
length may be retained (anglers may still retain a limit of Chinook
salmon under 22 inches in length). A weekly DFG status report will
be available by calling 1-800-564-6479.

Open to spring-run Chinook salmon fishing from Jan. 1 through Aug.
14 with a daily bag and possession limit of two salmon. The take of
salmon is prohibited on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam
downstream to Weitchpec from Jan. 1 through Aug. 14.

TRINITY RIVER

Open to fall-run Chinook salmon fishing from Sept. 1 through Dec.
31 with a daily bag limit of three Chinook salmon, of which no more
than two may be more than 22 inches in length. The possession limit
is nine Chinook salmon, of which no more than six may be over 22
inches. The 2011 quota for the Klamath River basin is 7,900
fall-run salmon more than 22 inches in length. Once this quota has
been met, no Chinook salmon greater than 22 inches in length may be
retained (anglers may still retain a limit of Chinook salmon under
22 inches in length). A weekly DFG status report will be available
by calling 1-800-564-6479. The Trinity River main stem downstream
of the Highway 299 bridge at Cedar Flat to the Denny Road bridge in
Hawkins Bar is closed to all fishing Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

Open to spring-run Chinook salmon fishing from Jan. 1 through Aug.
31. The daily bag and possession limit is two Chinook salmon. The
take of salmon is prohibited from the confluence of the South Fork
Trinity River downstream to the confluence of the Klamath River
from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.

All other regulations for bag and possession limits for trout,
salmon and other species, as well as general information about
restrictions on fishing methods and gear on the above rivers, are
available on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

 

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