California Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Extends to Bodega Bay

02/10/2017 – John Snyder – SW Fishing News      Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will extend the open area of the commercial rock crab fishery northward to Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. On Feb. 10 the commercial rock crab fishery is …

California anglers will now be allowed to retain Canary Rockfish for 2017

  Starting in 2017, anglers will be allowed to retain canary rockfish for the first time in more than a decade. Canary rockfish was declared overfished in 2000, but the population rebuilt to healthy levels quicker than anticipated based on a combination of conservation efforts and restrictive management. “We are pleased to offer new opportunities …

California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon

02/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN   Following recent heavy rains, workers at the Nimbus and American River hatcheries labored around the clock to prevent massive debris loads from clogging the main water supply for below Nimbus Dam. Their intense efforts to clean intake structures and adjust water flows during battering winds and rains …

CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Projects

02/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Soliciation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application can be found online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants/frgp/solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March …

CDFW Releases New Guide to Heritage Trout Challenge

01/19/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    300th Angler Completes Popular Statewide Fishing Challenge The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the Angler’s Guide to the California Heritage Trout Challenge, a new online tool for those interested in fishing for California’s heritage trout. The guide provides anglers with detailed …

California Fishing Report Cards Due Soon

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers and divers that Jan. 31, 2017 is the due date for turning in steelhead, sturgeon, abalone and north coast salmon report card data. Information collected from sport fishing report cards provides CDFW biologists with important data necessary to monitor and manage California’s diverse recreational …

Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

  The last remaining area of the California coast will open to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. The area was previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The last closed area between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove is scheduled to open on Jan. 16. On Jan. 16 at 12:01 a.m., the commercial Dungeness …

CDFW Busts Striped Bass Traffickers in Fresno County

  Wildlife officers have arrested two suspects for trafficking striped bass in Fresno County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. Leepo Her, 32, and Kue Her, 35, both of Fresno, were arrested Thursday morning, Dec. 8, on charges of illegally selling striped bass on the black market. Over the last year, wildlife …

More of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open, Some Areas Will Remain Closed

11/24/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    A roughly 120-mile portion of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in northern California that was scheduled to open Dec. 1 will remain closed at the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today. But the fishery will open …

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season to Open throughout Most of the Southern Fishery; One Area Will Remain Closed

11/08/2016 – John Snyder – SWFN   On Nov. 15, commercial Dungeness crab season will open from Point Reyes in Marin County south, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today. But at the recommendation of state health agencies, the CDFW Director is moving to close the commercial Dungeness crab fishery between Point …