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  • August 30, 2022
Three men fishing

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is encouraging all Californians to get outdoors and give fishing a try for free on California’s second Free Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 3.

Categories: Fishing, Fishing in the City, Hatcheries, Salmon, Trout
  • June 20, 2022
Outdoor raceways at Black Rock Hatchery on a cloudy day, with stocking trucks in the background and netting overhead.

Two California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) trout hatcheries in the Eastern Sierra are continuing to fight an outbreak of Lactococcus petauri, a naturally occurring bacteria that sickens fish. The current outbreak was first detected in April 2022.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Trout, Wildlife Health
  • June 17, 2022
Small salmon smolts jump and squirm in a dip net hovering over water in a harbor

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is nearing the completion of its efforts to transport 19.7 million hatchery-raised fall-run and 960,000 spring-run juvenile Chinook salmon (known as smolts) to the San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens this spring and summer.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • June 15, 2022
CDFW Fish and Wildlife Technician Taylor Mcilrath holds up a pair of brook trout before their release into Kirman Lake.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has stocked 3,500 large brook trout into Kirman Lake in Mono County as part of an ongoing commitment to restore one of the West’s best trophy brook trout fisheries.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries
  • May 9, 2022
Chinook salmon spawn in the Feather River.

California’s severe climate-driven drought is having a significant impact on the state’s water supply, but it’s also putting the state’s salmon population at serious risk. Managing California’s water needs during this water supply crisis means minimizing the impacts of drought and water management on the environment while meeting the health and safety needs of communities and supporting the economy and agriculture. DWR and CDFW are actively working to respond to drought and climate change impacts on native species and ecosystems.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Habitat Restoration, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • May 5, 2022
An adult, winter-run Chinook salmon is released into the cold waters of the North Fork Battle Creek.

State and federal biologists have begun moving endangered adult winter-run Chinook salmon to the upper reaches of Battle Creek and threatened spring-run Chinook salmon to Clear Creek in northern California, where colder water temperatures will better support spawning and help their eggs survive the continuing drought.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Habitat Restoration, Hatcheries, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • April 28, 2022
An angler holds up a large brown trout caught with a lure in a mountain lake.

The traditional trout season opener the last Saturday in April remains one of California’s most celebrated and anticipated outdoor traditions, drawing thousands of anglers to trout fishing destinations such as Burney and Dunsmuir in the north, Bridgeport and Bishop in the eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes in the south, and many other mountain communities and picturesque hamlets throughout the state.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Trout
  • April 21, 2022
Outdoor raceways at Fish Springs Hatchery

Two CDFW fish hatchery facilities in the eastern Sierra have recently detected an outbreak of Lactococcus petauri, a naturally occurring bacteria that sickens fish. CDFW fishery managers are working to implement strategies that will help the facilities get the disease under control, without cancelling all trout plants prior to the traditional season opener on April 30.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Wildlife Health
  • April 6, 2022
hatchery worker in truck near water

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce that 21 of its 22 state fish hatcheries will reopen to the public on Thursday, April 7. The facilities have been closed to visitors for nearly two years during the Covid-19 pandemic, although hatchery operations and stocking efforts continued without significant interruption.

Categories: Education, Fisheries, Hatcheries
  • November 2, 2021
A new mural painting of Chinook salmon adorns the elevated feed storage bins at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Sacramento

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have announced a joint effort at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Sacramento County to increase production of fall-run Chinook salmon by 500,000 smolts to help combat effects of the drought.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Habitat Restoration, Hatcheries

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