[env-trinity] Salmon Regulations For Sacramento And Klamath River Systems, 2013

Dan Bacher danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Wed Jul 3 09:33:20 PDT 2013


Salmon Regulations For Sacramento And Klamath River Systems, 2013

by Dan Bacher

Anglers are getting excited about the opening of salmon season on the  
Sacramento, Feather, American and Mokelumne Rivers on July 16 and  
implementation of fall run Chinook regulations on the Klamath River  
starting August 15 and the Trinity River starting September 1.

Anglers should see top-notch fishing, based on the solid fishing that  
anglers have seen this spring and summer off the northern California  
coast from Half Moon Bay to Crescent City. State and federal  
scientists estimate that the numbers of returning Sacramento River  
fall-run Chinook and Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon will  
exceed conservation objectives.

“California anglers are looking forward to some excellent salmon  
fishing opportunities this season,” said Stafford Lehr, CDFW  
Fisheries Branch Chief. “The ocean abundance and projected inland  
returns are good for both the Sacramento and Klamath River fall  
Chinook. The Klamath River fall Chinook ocean forecast is the third  
highest since 1985.”

On all Central Valley rivers, the daily bag and possession limit is  
two Chinook salmon.

On the Trinity and Klamath rivers the daily bag limit is three adult  
Chinook 22 inches or longer and one Chinook jack less than 22 inches.  
The possession limit is nine adults and three jacks prior to reaching  
the quota. All anglers must have Salmon Harvest Cards in their  
possession when fishing for salmon on the Klamath and Trinity rivers.

Key elements of the newly adopted ocean and inland salmon seasons and  
regulations for Central Valley and the Klamath and Trinity rivers are  
listed below. The full regulations package is available at: http:// 
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2013/index.aspx

SACRAMENTO RIVER
Open Aug. 1 through Dec.16 from the Deschutes Road Bridge near  
Anderson downstream to 500 feet upstream from Red Bluff Diversion Dam.
Open July 16 through Dec. 16 from 150 feet below the Lower Red Bluff  
(Sycamore) boat ramp to the Highway 113 Bridge near Knights Landing.
Open July 16 through Dec. 16 from the Highway 113 Bridge near Knights  
Landing downstream to the Carquinez Bridge.

FEATHER RIVER
Open July 16 through Oct. 15 from unimproved boat launch ramp above  
the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall downstream to 200 yards above the  
Live Oak boat ramp.
Open July 16 through Dec. 16 from 200 yards above Live Oak boat ramp  
to the mouth.

AMERICAN RIVER
Open from July 16 through Dec. 31 from Nimbus Dam to Hazel Avenue  
Bridge.
Open from July 16 through Aug. 15 from Hazel Avenue Bridge to the  
United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauging station cable crossing  
near Nimbus Hatchery.
Open July 16 through Oct. 31 from the USGS gauging station cable  
crossing near Nimbus Hatchery to the Sacramento Municipal Utility  
District (SMUD) power line crossing the southwest boundary of Ancil  
Hoffman Park.
Open from July 16 through Dec. 31 from the SMUD power line crossing  
at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park to the Jibboom Street  
Bridge.
Open July 16 through Dec. 16. from the Jibboom Street Bridge to the  
mouth.

MOKELUMNE RIVER
Open July 16 through Oct. 15 from Camanche Dam to the Highway 99 Bridge.
Open July 16 through Dec. 31 from the Highway 99 Bridge to the  
Woodbridge Irrigation District Dam, including Lodi Lake.
Open July 16 through Dec. 16 from the Lower Sacramento Road Bridge to  
the mouth. (For purposes of this regulation, this river segment is  
defined as Mokelumne River and its tributary sloughs downstream of  
the Lower Sacramento Road Bridge, east of Highway 160 and north of  
Highway 12.)

KLAMATH RIVER
Open to fall-run Chinook salmon fishing from Aug. 15 through Dec. 31  
with a daily bag limit of four Chinook salmon, no more than three  
adult Chinook salmon 22 inches or greater when the take of adult  
Chinook is allowed and a possession limit of twelve Chinook salmon,  
no more than nine adults 22 inches or greater when the take of adults  
is allowed. The 2013 quota for the Klamath River basin is 40,006 fall- 
run salmon greater than 22 inches. Once this quota has been met, no  
Chinook salmon greater than 22 inches long may be retained (anglers  
may still retain a limit of Chinook salmon less than 22 inches). A  
weekly CDFW status report will be available by calling 1-800-564-6479.
Open to spring-run Chinook salmon fishing from Jan. 1 through Aug. 14  
with a daily bag and possession limit of two salmon. The take of  
salmon is prohibited on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam  
downstream to Weitchpec from Jan. 1 through Aug. 14.

TRINITY RIVER
Open to fall-run Chinook salmon fishing from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31  
with a daily bag limit of four Chinook salmon, no more than three  
Chinook salmon 22 inches or larger and a possession limit of twelve  
Chinook salmon, no more than nine adults greater than 22 inches. The  
2013 quota for the Klamath River basin is 40,006 fall-run salmon more  
than 22 inches long. Once this quota has been met, no Chinook salmon  
greater than 22 inches long may be retained (anglers may still retain  
a limit of Chinook salmon less than 22 inches. A weekly CDFW status  
report will be available by calling 1-800-564-6479. The Trinity River  
main stem downstream of the Highway 299 Bridge at Cedar Flat to the  
Denny Road Bridge in Hawkins Bar is closed to all fishing Sept. 1  
through Dec. 31.
Open to spring-run Chinook salmon fishing from Jan. 1 through Aug.  
31. The daily bag and possession limit is two Chinook salmon. The  
take of salmon is prohibited from the confluence of the South Fork  
Trinity River downstream to the confluence of the Klamath River from  
Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.

All other regulations for bag and possession limits for trout, salmon  
and other species, as well as general information about restrictions  
on fishing methods and gear on the above rivers, are available on the  
CDFW website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations 
  
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