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2022-2023 News Releases

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  • August 23, 2023
Salmon smolt release into San Francisco Bay in the evening.

CDFW has completed the release of approximately 23 million fall-run Chinook salmon raised at its four Central Valley anadromous fish hatcheries, the Feather River Fish Hatchery, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery and the Merced River Hatchery.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • April 26, 2023
Crowley Lake, covered in snow,  April 11

While the eastern Sierra trout season opener is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the record snowpack of 2023 will be a major factor on which lakes and streams are accessible.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Trout
  • December 16, 2022
A Feather River Fish Hatchery employee checks trays of fertilized Chinook salmon eggs as they incubate within the hatchery.

CDFW and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have announced that the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville will increase its production of fall-run Chinook salmon in 2023 to approximately 9.5 million fish to combat the impacts of drought and a thiamine deficiency affecting natural spawning and in-river production.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • 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

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