The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces that the recreational salmon season is now open in ocean waters through April 30, 2015 from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border. Recreational ocean salmon regulations in effect on or after May 1 have not yet been finalized.
The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. When on a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit. Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (38° 57’ 30” N. latitude), the minimum size limit is 20 inches total length. For areas south of Point Arena, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length.
For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34° 27’ 00” N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used, and no more than one rod shall be used per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling.
Additional ocean salmon fishing regulations for the 2015 fishing season will be decided by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) during its April 11-16 meeting in Rohnert Park, California, and by the Fish and Game Commission at its April 17 teleconference. Final sport regulations in effect on or after May 1 will be published in the CDFW 2015 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet available in May.
Three alternatives are currently being considered for California’s 2015 commercial and recreational ocean salmon regulations, including season dates, size limits, bag limits and quotas. The public is encouraged to comment on any of the proposed alternatives, which can be found at the PFMC website.
CDFW reminds anglers that retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries. For complete ocean salmon regulations in effect during April, please visit CDFW’s ocean salmon webpage or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.
Post by Alex Letvin, CDFW Environmental Scientist ♦ CDFW file photo