This year, the recreational Dungeness crab season opens statewide on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The daily bag and possession limit for Dungeness crab remains ten crabs per day that are at least 5¾ inches across, measured by the shortest distance through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab can be taken in all ocean waters of the state where they occur, excluding San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Continue reading
In 2015 and 2016, there was an unprecedented bloom of a single-celled plant called Pseudo-nitzschia in ocean waters, which resulted in elevated levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and rock crab. The elevated levels of domoic acid in crab along the West Coast impacted California fisheries from Santa Barbara to the Oregon Border.
The conditions that support the growth of Pseudo-nitzschia are impossible to predict, but tend to be more common in the warmer months Continue reading
Historically, Pacific bluefin tuna show up in California and Baja California waters each year during the late summer months. Last year, however, these sought-after tuna arrived in good numbers and never left, with 2016 catches occurring in pulses since February. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that new recreational regulations for Pacific bluefin Continue reading
Although the Dungeness crab season was delayed in some parts of California until May this year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public that the last day of the recreational Dungeness crab season is already nearly here. This Saturday, July 30, will be the last day of the season from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the California-Oregon border. The commercial fishing season for this area ended last Friday, July 15. Continue reading
The 2016-2017 California Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement is now available for download on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. The supplement contains the final ocean salmon sport fishing regulations and seasons, as well as a minor update to the Pacific halibut regulations. Freshwater regulations for salmon and trout are also included. Paper copies will soon be available wherever sport fishing licenses are sold Continue reading