2019 Ocean Salmon Seasons Finalized for the California Coast

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King salmon caught off the San Francisco coastline.
CDFW photo

Ocean salmon anglers across the California coast will be able to spend more time on the water this year chasing after king salmon (also known as Chinook salmon). At its meeting this week in Rohnert Park, the Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized and adopted ocean salmon seasons beginning on or after May 1 through the remainder of the year.

Sport fisheries in the Klamath Management Zone will open from late May through early September. Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas are currently open; they will close for the first half of May, then reopen and continue through the end of October. The Monterey Continue reading “2019 Ocean Salmon Seasons Finalized for the California Coast”

Outlook for 2019 Ocean Salmon Fisheries to be Presented at Meeting

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Chinook salmon
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Salmon Information Meeting. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented along with the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa.

A list of additional meetings and opportunities for public comment is available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s ocean salmon web page. Please email Chenchen Shen or call (707) 576-2885 for more information.


post by Kandice Morgenstern, CDFW Environmental Scientist

Limited Recreational Ocean Salmon Seasons Finalized for 2018

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A nice Chinook salmon caught outside Bodega Bay
CDFW photo

As expected, ocean salmon anglers will have fewer opportunities this year to wet a line for their favorite fish out of most California ports.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) took action this week to finalize recreational salmon fishing season dates for ocean waters off California for the remainder of the year. In response to the new “overfished” status of Sacramento River fall Chinook, recreational fishing seasons in ocean waters will be cut by 40 percent in some regions, compared to unrestricted seasons.

Substantial cuts were made to ocean salmon fishing opportunity in all management areas, though some areas have longer seasons than others. Sport fisheries between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain will only be open from the beginning of June until early September. The longest seasons will be for fisheries from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point (Fort Bragg and San Francisco Continue reading “Limited Recreational Ocean Salmon Seasons Finalized for 2018”