Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mokelumne River, San Joaquin River and their Delta sloughs are closed to salmon fishing.

2011 Salmon Regulations for Northern California Rivers

By: DFG
July 7, 2011 - The 2011 fishing regulations for salmon fishing on the American, Feather, Sacramento, Klamath and Trinity rivers are effective Saturday, July 16. The Fish and Game Commission adopts yearly regulations to help ensure the success of the fish and give the state's fishing public an opportunity to enjoy this valuable resource.

The following is a summary of seasons, daily bag and possession limits on salmon.

American River 
● Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all open areas.

● From Nimbus Dam to Hazel Ave. bridge piers, open July 16 through Dec. 31.

● From Hazel Ave. bridge piers to United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauging station cable 300 yards downstream of Nimbus Hatchery fish rack, open July 16 through Sept. 14, only barbless hooks may be used.

● From USGS gauging station cable 300 yards downstream of Nimbus Hatchery fish rack to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park, open July 16 through Oct. 31, only barbless hooks may be used.

● From SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park to Jibboom Street bridge, open July 16 through Dec. 31.

● From Jibboom Street bridge to mouth, open July 16 through Dec. 11.

● All other dates are closed to salmon fishing.

Feather River 

● Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all open areas.

● From 1,000 feet below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet to the mouth, open July 16 through Dec. 11.

● All other areas and dates are closed to salmon fishing.

Sacramento River

● Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all open areas.

● From Deschutes Road bridge to 500 feet upstream of the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, open Aug. 1 through Dec. 18.

● From 150 feet below the Lower Red Bluff (Sycamore) Boat Ramp to Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing, open July 16 through Dec. 18.

● From the Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing to Carquinez Bridge (includes Suisun Bay, Grizzly Bay and all tributary sloughs), open July 16 through Dec. 11.

● All other areas and dates are closed to salmon fishing.

Klamath River

● Open to salmon fishing Jan. 1 through Aug. 14. Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon. The take of salmon is prohibited on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam downstream to Weitchpec. Open to salmon fishing from Aug. 15 through Dec. 31. Daily bag limit of three Chinook salmon of which no more than two may be over 22 inches. Possession limit of nine Chinook salmon of which no more than six may be over 22 inches. The 2011 quota is 5,293 fall-run Chinook salmon over 22 inches total length.

● A department weekly status report is available at 1-800-564-6479. See 2011-2012 Supplement for fall-run Chinook area sub-quotas and area boundaries.

Trinity River

● Open to salmon fishing Jan. 1 through Aug 31. Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon. The take of salmon is prohibited from the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River downstream to the confluence with the Klamath River from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31. Open to salmon fishing from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Daily bag limit of three Chinook salmon of which no more than two may be over 22 inches. Possession limit is nine Chinook salmon of which no more than six may be over 22 inches. 2011 quota is 2,607 fall-run Chinook salmon over 22 inches total length.

● A department weekly status report is available at 1-800-564-6479. See 2011-2012 Supplement for fall-run Chinook area sub-quotas and area boundaries.

Mokelumne River, San Joaquin River and their Delta sloughs are closed to salmon fishing.

Anglers must have report cards in their possession when fishing for salmon in the Trinity and Klamath rivers. 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 DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.
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