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

2018 Grunion Run Schedule Now Available

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Grunion spawning on a sandy beach
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has published its annual schedule of predicted grunion runs in 2018. Intrepid nature lovers and grunion hunters can use the schedule to stake out a beach late at night and perhaps catch a few fish, or just observe their unusual mating behavior.

Grunion, are small, slender fish with bluish-green backs and silvery bellies. These fish ‘strand’ themselves Continue reading

New CDFW Video, Poster, and Brochure Showcase California MPA Network

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has developed several new and exciting outreach products to help Californians learn more about their network of marine protected areas (MPAs).  The materials listed below are all available online and through CDFW.  Continue reading

Great Photo Needed for Next Year’s Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulation Booklet!

Saltwater fishing is an amazing experience that is often hard to explain in words. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites you to celebrate and share your fishing experience by sending us your best saltwater fishing photos for consideration as the cover photo on the 2018-2019 Saltwater Sport Fishing regulations booklet!

Saltwater fish and shellfish photos must be taken in California, and may feature any saltwater fish or shellfish that is legal to catch in California.  The fish or shellfish must be in a natural setting (not on the barbeque, for example) and properly tagged (if required). Submissions will be accepted through December 15, 2017. Continue reading

2017-2018 Season Update for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishing

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Dungeness crab in trap CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The recreational Dungeness crab season is now under way, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to remind recreational crabbers about some recent changes in trap regulations.

Crabbers are able to use another trap owner’s traps with written permission and, new for this season, a trap owner can issue this permission electronically (for example, by email or text) to another person who uses their trap, provided the person’s GO ID number is marked Continue reading