LOW PROJECTED SALMON RETURNS LEAD TO CALIFORNIA FISHERIES RESTRICTIONS AND CLOSURES IN 2017

  Historically low numbers of fall-run and winter-run Chinook salmon have prompted the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to drastically limit the state’s salmon fishery for the remainder of 2017. In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), the entire ocean …

California saltwater salmon season set to open south of Horse Mountain on April 1st

03/28/2017 – John Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The recreational salmon fishery north of Horse Mountain will remain closed for all of 2017 due to historically low …

Threatened Green Sturgeon Rescued from the Fremont Weir and Returned to Sacramento River

  03/21/2017 – John Snyder – Southwest Fishing News   Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently saved a Sacramento River green sturgeon trapped in the Fremont Weir. The five-and-a-half-foot long fish was stranded in the nearly two-mile-long concrete weir when Sacramento River floodwaters receded. Sturgeon in this area are migrating …

California Releases First Million of Evacuated Fish into Feather River

03/20/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released one million state and federally listed threatened spring-run Chinook salmon into the Feather River on Monday, March 20. These were the first fish to …

Floods cause Feather River Hatchery Closure

03/15/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing areas were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public …

CDFW Awards $15 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration

03/15/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 43 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration. The grants, which total $15,297,743, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries …

California Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Streamflow Enhancement Projects

10/09/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    At the March 9th Streamflow Enhancement meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $20 million of Proposition 1 Funds in grants through the Streamflow Enhancement Program. The program awards grant funding on a competitive basis to projects that represent the mission of the WCB …

Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead

03/08/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   Nearly a half million young steelhead recently started their journey to the ocean, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Staff at Nimbus Fish Hatchery nursed the young steelhead through several potentially devastating conditions, including drought-induced high water temperatures in the hatchery last summer and …

California’s Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd

  A record crowd of over 7,500 enjoyed the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival earlier this month at Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Warm Springs-Don Clausen Fish Hatchery east of Healdsburg in the Russian River watershed. The event celebrated the return of steelhead to the hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) …

CDFW set to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries

02/15/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Ocean Salmon Information Meeting. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented, in addition to the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. …