Celebrate the Outdoors on National Hunting and Fishing Day
San Francisco Bay Area-based party boats are still chasing Chinook salmon just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge. CDFW photo.
California hunters and anglers have reason to celebrate Saturday, September 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.
Just in time for the start of many deer, upland game bird and small game seasons, the USDA Forest Service has reopened almost all of the national forests in California after wildfires and fire conditions forced their closure. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) subsequently reopened dozens of its properties found within or immediately adjacent to USDA Forest Service boundaries.
California hunters and anglers annually pour hundreds of millions of dollars into scientific research, habitat acquisition, wildlife protection and conservation through the licenses, tags, report cards, stamps and validations they purchase, along with the excise taxes they pay on their equipment. In California, they are rewarded with some of the most varied and diverse hunting and fishing opportunities found anywhere in the nation.
Among the many hunting opportunities available today are mountain quail, all quail species in the early coastal quail zone, ruffed grouse, sooty grouse, tree squirrel and rabbit. All of California’s deer seasons are opening – or have opened – on schedule. Among the popular deer hunting zones opening to rifle hunters today are D3-5, D8-10 and X8. Wild pigs are open to hunt year-round.
California anglers have many options as well. Fishing has been excellent in the Klamath River for both Chinook salmon and steelhead. Ocean fishing remains strong up and down the coast for tuna, rock cod and lingcod. Several San Francisco Bay Area-based party boats are still chasing Chinook salmon just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge. As temperatures cool, trout and bass anglers are spending more time on the water. CDFW’s Southern California trout hatcheries are once again raising and stocking trout after a bacterial outbreak halted operations at three hatcheries in 2020.
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988