Blue rockfish are found statewide off the California coast, especially north of Point Conception. They are most commonly caught from the surface to around 100 ft. depths, although Continue reading
Striped bass were introduced to California in 1879, when 132 small fish from the Navesink River in New Jersey were released into San Francisco Bay near Martinez. In 1882, three hundred more fish were released into lower Suisun Bay. By 1892 a flourishing commercial fishery had developed, which was closed in 1935 in an effort to build a robust sport fishery. Continue reading
Off the coast of the densely populated Los Angeles metropolitan area resides one of California’s great wildlife treasures: the Northern Channel Islands. Often considered the “Galapagos of North America” this small archipelago hosts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Continue reading
The final California commercial landings and the final commercial passenger fishing vessel reported catches for 2014 have been posted to the CDFW website.
Reports for the years 2000 through 2013 are also found online. These reports provide information used by cities, harbors, researchers, and the fishing industry.
Post by Jana Robertson, CDFW Management Services Technician ♦ CDFW photo by R. Bartling
Reminder: The recreational Pacific halibut season closed on August 13, 2015.
The Pacific halibut ranges from Santa Rosa Island northward off California, but most are found north of Fort Bragg. They may be found from 20 to 3,600 ft. depths, and prefer deep, sandy bottom environments. Continue reading