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  • February 4, 2022
An adult Coho salmon swims in a coastal river.

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted emergency regulations allowing CDFW to extend low-flow related fishing restrictions on portions of the Smith, Eel and Russian rivers and a number of other coastal rivers and streams through April 30 if needed to protect runs of salmon and steelhead.

Categories: Drought, FGC, Fisheries, Fishing, Salmon
  • January 12, 2022
Image of CDFW law enforcement vessel Thresher

A San Diego County judge recently imposed a $5,000 fine on a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV) operating in a Marine Protected Area (MPA), CDFW announced.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, General, Law Enforcement, Marine
  • January 12, 2022
A brook trout is held from the American River Trout Hatchery near Sacramento.

CDFW will provide trout anglers in the greater Sacramento area with an unprecedented fishing opportunity this winter: the chance to catch brook trout from a half-dozen urban and suburban park ponds and lakes that are part of CDFW’s Fishing in the City program.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Fishing in the City
  • January 4, 2022
angler holding orange fish with sharp fin spines

CDFW announces multiple changes to recreational rockfish sub-bag limits which are expected to take effect Jan. 6, 2022. The emergency regulations were adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission in mid-December to align with federal regulations for these species.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • December 15, 2021
A close-up image of a single Dungeness crab.

Recreational Dungeness crab trap fishing in Fishing Zone 3 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Pigeon Point) will open under a Fleet Advisory beginning at 9 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • December 1, 2021
woman in waders fishing in river

If you’re looking for the perfect present for the angler in your life, CDFW reminds holiday shoppers that beginning Jan. 1, anglers 16 years of age and older will need a new annual sport fishing license to take or pursue any fish, mollusk, crustacean, invertebrate, reptile or amphibian in California (including catch-and-release fishing) in the 2022 calendar year. Though the 365-day license is definitely part of California’s angling future thanks to AB 817, there are some further steps needed to bring the option online.

Categories: Fishing
  • November 29, 2021

At 11:59 a.m. tomorrow the fisheries closure that was implemented following the Southern California oil spill will be lifted. Fishing can resume midday tomorrow.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • November 19, 2021
worker releasing fish from truck into river

CDFW has begun releasing juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon into the Klamath River now that river conditions have improved with cooler temperatures and increased flows that give the young salmon their best chance at survival and reaching the Pacific Ocean.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Salmon
  • November 12, 2021
four happy anglers show off their catch of seven rainbow trout

CDFW is now accepting grant applications for fishing programs, classes and activities that educate and engage diverse, metrocentric communities. This grant program is part of CDFW’s ongoing angler recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) effort to increase fishing participation and conservation awareness statewide.

Categories: Education, Fishing, Grants, R3
  • November 5, 2021
pile of Dungeness crab

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps, hoop nets and snares is allowed starting tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2021, 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).

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine

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