NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FISHERIES RESTORATION GRANT PROGRAM PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is seeking nominations from the public to fill three vacancies on the FRGP Peer Review Committee (PRC). Pursuant to the Public Resources Code, Section 6217, members of the PRC are appointed by the Director of CDFW to provide advice, oversight and …

CALIFORNIA PACIFIC HALIBUT SEASON OPENS MAY 1st WITH ADDITIONAL SEASON DATES FOR 2017

  The 2017 recreational Pacific halibut fishery will commence Monday, May 1 for the first of four open periods. This season’s dates are May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. The open and closed periods are intended to provide fishing opportunities from …

Cutthroat trout released into Truckee area waters

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers the opportunity to catch some trophy sized trout in a year or two. Last week CDFW received a shipment of cutthroat trout eggs from the U. S. Fish and …

CALIFORNIA TROUT SEASON SET TO OPEN ON APRIL 29th

  The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior …

NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FISHERIES RESTORATION GRANT PROGRAM PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the FRGP Peer Review Committee (PRC). Pursuant to the Public Resources Code, Section 6217, members of the PRC are appointed by the Director of CDFW to provide advice, oversight and recommendations regarding grant funding …

Susan River Fishing Derby Postponed

  Due to safety concerns over high water and unsafe conditions, the annual Susan River Youth Fishing Derby will be postponed. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the 28th annual derby was scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 22 on the Susan River in Susanville, Lassen County. “With all the …

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 …

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 …