Watch Out for Coho Salmon in California’s Ocean Fisheries

A photo showing how to identify coho salmon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds ocean sport anglers to be vigilant about properly identifying their salmon before landing them.

The ocean salmon fishing season in the Monterey management area is well under way and areas to the north will open in late June. Coho (or silver) salmon, a protected species, are most likely to be encountered during late spring and early summer. Proper identification is critical for their survival. Continue reading “Watch Out for Coho Salmon in California’s Ocean Fisheries”

Salmon Seasons Finalized for the California Coast

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Sport fisherman with a nice Chinook salmon caught off Devil’s Slide
photo courtesy of D. Laughlin

Ocean salmon anglers across the California coast will be spending less time on the water this year chasing after king salmon, also known as Chinook.

At its virtual meeting last week, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) finalized and adopted the 2021 ocean salmon seasons. Sport fisheries on much of the coast have yet to open, except for the Monterey area which opened on the traditional first Saturday in April. Continue reading “Salmon Seasons Finalized for the California Coast”

Fisheries Biologists Present California’s Ocean Salmon Forecast for 2021

Chinook salmon from the commercial fishery
Measuring an adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon taken in the commercial fishery.
CDFW photo by G. Ghrist

At the annual Salmon Information Meeting held virtually today, state and federal fishery scientists presented estimates of catch in 2020 fisheries and spawner returns to rivers and hatcheries, as well as the expected salmon abundance for the upcoming fishing season. Continue reading “Fisheries Biologists Present California’s Ocean Salmon Forecast for 2021”

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