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  • October 22, 2021
Long plastic raceways hold juvenile trout inside the Hot Creek Trout Hatchery facility in Mono County.

CDFW has detected a bacterial outbreak at its Hot Creek Trout Hatchery in Mono County – the second time in 2021 that Lactococcus garvieae has been confirmed in some trout at the hatchery.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Wildlife Health
  • October 20, 2021
river running through steep, forested mountains

Based upon CDFW projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Trinity River, anglers will soon meet the quotas for both the Upper Trinity River and Lower Trinity River.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Klamath Basin, Salmon
  • October 11, 2021
A freshly caught Chinook salmon on the rocks with fishing tackle alongside.

Based upon CDFW projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Upper Klamath River adult fall-run Chinook salmon quota below Iron Gate Dam for the 2021 season as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Klamath Basin, Salmon
  • October 4, 2021

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • September 25, 2021
A party boat plies the waters off the Golden Gate Bridge in search of Chinook salmon.

California hunters and anglers have reason to celebrate Saturday, Sept. 25. Not only is it National Hunting and Fishing Day – a nationwide thank you to the contributions hunters and anglers make to fish and wildlife conservation – but California’s outdoor opportunities are opening up once again in time for peak fall hunting and fishing seasons.

Categories: Deer, Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Salmon
  • September 23, 2021
California spiny lobster in water

California’s recreational spiny lobster season is set to kick off Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 6 a.m., continuing through March 16, 2022. Last year’s season was particularly active, likely driven by residents looking for opportunities for outdoor activities during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • September 16, 2021
Heenan Lake Wildlife Area wooden sign that greets visitors to the area in Alpine County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has reopened 34 of its properties to public use as of Thursday, Sept. 16, following the announcement by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region lifting the closure of most California forests.

Categories: Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Lands
  • September 1, 2021
Quagga mussel infestation shown on pipe

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels are reminding boaters to remain cautious over Labor Day weekend.

Categories: Fishing, Invasive Species
  • August 27, 2021
A freshly caught Chinook salmon lies on the rocks next to a fishing rod and reel.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the spit fishery at the mouth of the Klamath River will close to angling at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27. Based on CDFW projections of the recreational fall Chinook salmon harvest, anglers will have met the “spit area” adult fall Chinook salmon quota of 15 percent of the total Klamath River Basin allotment by that time.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Salmon
  • August 20, 2021
Coho salmon in water

Due to drought and poor water conditions at Lake Sonoma, thousands of juvenile coho salmon have been relocated from the Warm Springs Fish Hatchery in Geyserville. The fish were trucked to a conservation facility at a high school in Petaluma where they will be reared until conditions improve.

Categories: Drought, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon

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