DFG announces limited salmon opener
Special to the Daily News
Updated: 11/04/2009 09:40:24 AM PST
A limited recreational fishery season for Central Valley Chinook salmon will open on Nov. 16, the Department of Fish and Game announced recently.
From Nov. 16 through Dec. 31, the fishery will be open on the Sacramento River from 150 feet below the Lower Red Bluff Boat Ramp to the Highway 113 bridge at Knights Landing. The daily bag and possession limit is one salmon. In April, the Fish and Game Commission approved this very limited fishing opportunity due to the present stable status of the late-fall run.
This fishery provides very limited access to late-fall run Chinook, which are presently not listed as threatened or endangered at either the federal or state level. The season will open after the fall run has migrated upstream past this section of river, and before the winter run arrives. The rest of the Central Valley basin, including the Sacramento, Feather, American and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries, will remain closed to salmon fishing.
DFG biologists conducting the Central Valley Angler Survey will closely monitor angler effort and harvest during this fishery. Anglers are required by law to participate in the survey and must not fillet their catch before bringing it to shore so that biologists have the opportunity to collect data on the catch and determine the presence or absence of coded wire tags on the fish. Biologists will collect all heads from salmon missing an adipose fin in order to recover the tags, which provide information