Quarantined Shasta County Hatchery to Reopen

  10/19/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News (SWFN)   Darrah Springs Hatchery, operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), was partially released from quarantine on Oct. 9 after being in quarantine since May because of whirling disease. Extensive DNA testing of the fish by a commercial sciences lab have …

Shasta County Hatchery Closed for Environmental Renovations, Expected to Re-open in Late Fall

  10/07/2015 – John Snyder – SWFN      The Crystal Lake Hatchery in eastern Shasta County is currently closed to the public while a major environmental restoration is underway in nearby Rock Creek. “Because there is so much construction work and equipment on the property, we had to close the viewing area and temporarily …

Fishing resumes in waters fouled by California oil spill

By – Associated Press – Tuesday, June 30, 2015   SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife allowed fishing to resume on Monday across 138 square miles of water off the Santa Barbara coast that was closed following last month’s huge oil spill. Fish and Wildlife officials said decided to …

Recreational Spiny Lobster Season to Open Oct. 3

  10/01/2015 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN    Thousands of lobster fishermen are eagerly awaiting the start of the sport season for California’s spiny lobster, which opens Saturday, Oct. 3 and continues through March 16, 2016. There is currently a strong El Niño event occurring in the eastern Pacific, with above-average water temperatures expected …

Anglers Reminded to Submit Steelhead, Sturgeon, Abalone and Salmon Report Card Data in January

  01/14/2015 – John Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers and divers that they are required by regulation to report or return their 2014 report cards. Information collected from sport fishing report cards provides CDFW biologists with important data necessary to monitor and manage California’s diverse recreational …