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  • July 1, 2021
Two anglers show off their catches of two crappie aboard a boat on Clear Lake in Lake County, California

The first of two 2021 Free Fishing Days in California occurs Saturday, July 3, when no sport fishing license is needed. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) urges anglers to fish responsibly and choose those waters not suffering extensively from drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing
  • June 30, 2021
A freshly caught Chinook salmon laying on river rocks next to  a fishing rod and reel.

The spring Chinook salmon fishery on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River) will open July 1 and run through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • June 29, 2021
Waders and boat anglers fishing on river.

July 2021 CDFW Calendar of Events

Categories: Calendar
  • June 29, 2021
A Pacifc halibut is measured on the floor of a boat.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will close Wednesday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • June 23, 2021
mountain lion, after release, running into wilderness

A young mountain lion left orphaned after its mother was killed in traffic, has been released into the wild after months of care provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the San Diego Humane Society (Ramona Wildlife Center).

Categories: Wildlife
  • June 18, 2021

At its June meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few items of interest from the two-day meeting.

Categories: FGC, Wildlife
  • June 17, 2021

At its June 2021 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission along with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced Lake County Chief Deputy District Attorney Richard Hinchcliff as the Commission’s 2020 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year.

Categories: Law Enforcement
  • June 17, 2021
Raceway with snow covered mountains in the background

Hot Creek Hatchery is resuming the stocking of trout for recreational angling opportunities.

Categories: Fishing, Hatcheries
  • June 15, 2021
A juvenile coho salmon swims in a North Coast river.

CDFW today announced the selection of 28 projects to receive funding for projects to restore and protect multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under its Proposition 1 grant programs.

Categories: Drought, Fire, Fisheries, Grants, Habitat Restoration, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • June 9, 2021
small silver fish in a net

A species of fish once declared extinct has not only survived but is expected to thrive thanks to a five-year effort to restore habitat and translocate more than 700 Owens pupfish.

Categories: Rare Species

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