Fishery Scientists Share Salmon Abundance, Spawning Numbers at Virtual Information Meeting

chinook salmon on deck
Chinook salmon
photo by K. Morgenstern

At the virtual Salmon Information Meeting today, fishery scientists presented updates on the numbers of spawning salmon that returned to California’s rivers in 2021 and shared the expected abundance for the upcoming fishing season.

The 2022 ocean abundance projection for Sacramento River fall Chinook, a main salmon stock harvested in California waters, is estimated at 396,500 adult salmon, higher than the 2021 forecast. The Klamath River fall Chinook abundance forecast also came in slightly above the 2021 forecast, with 200,100 adult Klamath River fall Chinook salmon predicted to be in the ocean this year, a value that remains well below the stock’s historical levels. Continue reading “Fishery Scientists Share Salmon Abundance, Spawning Numbers at Virtual Information Meeting”

Annual Pre-Season Salmon Information Meeting Scheduled for March 2

The public is invited to the annual California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Salmon Information Meeting via webinar on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handouts and further instructions for attendance will be posted to the CDFW Ocean Salmon web page as the meeting date approaches. Continue reading “Annual Pre-Season Salmon Information Meeting Scheduled for March 2”

Want to Fish for Free? Come On Down to Your Local Public Pier!

pier fisherman
Fishing at Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

Where can you go to catch some tasty California ocean fish if you don’t have a recreational fishing license? Try one of the many free fishing piers, jetties, or breakwaters along the coast, where you can wet your line for fish such as perch, greenling, rockfish, and bass. A list of free fishing piers and a zoomable map of pier locations is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website to help you plan your pier fishing adventure. Continue reading “Want to Fish for Free? Come On Down to Your Local Public Pier!”

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens Dec. 1 in Northern California

Fishermen servicing a Dungeness crab trap
Commercial fishermen servicing a Dungeness crab trap
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

Quality test results from Nov. 15 indicate that the commercial Dungeness crab fishery can open on schedule on Dec. 1 in northern California. Dungeness crab collected from Crescent City, Trinidad, and Eureka showed that crab exceeded the meat recovery criteria established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee. Following a call with Tri-State managers from Oregon and Washington on Nov. 19, the entire Tri-State area will open Dec. 1. Please refer to Oregon’s and Washington’s respective industry notices for more information.

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New Regulations for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening November 6, Shellfish Safety Notification for Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Point Reyes 

Dungeness Crab Fishing Zone map
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Recreational crabbers can use crab traps, hoop nets, and snares (loop traps) to take Dungeness crab in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line) and in Fishing Zones 5 and 6 (the area south of Lopez Point, Monterey County) when the season opens tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2021. Continue reading “New Regulations for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening November 6, Shellfish Safety Notification for Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Point Reyes “