Sportsmens Report
January 19, 2020
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Sportsman’s Report: Many favorite things Sportsman’s Report: Good news for salmon Sportsman’s Report: How time flies Sportsman’s Report: Crabs and turkeys for the holiday table Sportsman’s Report: A Christmas list for the outdoorsman and woman The Sportsman’s Report: Crab season is on Sportsman’s Report: Pan seared salmon, pig and venison Sportsman’s Report: The first Bolete foray Sportsman’s Report: Crab season opens Sportsman's Report: Will rain bring mushrooms? Sportsman’s Report: Just Christmas ideas Sportsman’s Report: Christmas list for hunting and fishing Sportsman’s Report: Free Saturdays at the de Young Sportsman’s Report: Crab regulations update and bay area fishing Sportsmen’s Report A walk in the wet woods with a few gift ideas 2018 Mushroom opener Sportsman’s Report: Rock club show Sportsman's Report: Tips on making camp fire Sportsman’s Report: Wire wrap and crabs Sportsman’s Report: Grandma and cast iron Sportsman’s Report: Gift ideas, mushroom, fishing and hunting updates Sportsman’s Report: Reviewing highlights Sportsman’s Report:There is no bright spot in Sonoma County this week Sturgeon’s Mill and first SRMGS Sportsman’s Report: Wild world of Mushroom season Cow Mountain’s first time hunters Sportsman’s Report: Mammoth tooth found Fishing, berries and deer hunting Sportsman’s Report: Bagging fish during the fall season Fall scents coming Sportsman’s Report: Non-lead ammo and official hunting season upland game Activities for Labor Day Sportsman’s Report: Dove weed and fall harvest Last rock journey report Sportsman’s Report: Check your receipt if you pay by credit card Rock hunting trip Sportsman’s Report: Notification from the Dept. of Public Health Exploring natural geological beauties Sportsman’s Report: Labor Day weekend and Gravenstein apple pie Sportsman’s Report: Updates on fish, hunt, camping and skunks Sportsman’s Report: Late season camping Sportsman’s Report: Camping with a kid Sportsman’s Report: Deer opener, fishing update and research camping Sportsman’s Report: Fishing, shell fish and at the Presidio Sportsman’s Report: Annual grandpa day at Giants baseball game  Sportsman’s Report: Cattle stampede and Civil War Days Sportsman’s Report: For beginner rock hounds Sportsman’s Report: End of skiing season Sportsman’s Report: Summer is here Sportsman’s Report: The authentic fish taco Sportsman’s Report: Some upcoming events this month Sportsman’s Report: The fish are biting Sportsman’s report: How long to grow an abalone? Sportsman’s Report: Updates on hunting and fishing Sportsman’s Report: Ides of May, 2019 Petrified wood Sportsman’s Report: Driving the back roads Sportsman’s Report: Make camping reservations Sportsman’s Report: Campfire wood reveals fungal wonders Sportsman’s Report: Nutria and hogs feral and introduced species Sportsman’s Report: Turkey hunting starts Sportsman’s Report: Fishing the Bay, Delta boat launches and turkeys Sportsman’s Report: Deer tags and jetty clean-ups Sportsman’s Report: More of the gem and bead show Sportsman’s Report: The mother of all rock, gem, and fossil shows in Tucson  Sportsman’s Report: The mother of all rock and gem shows Sportsman’s Report: Tune up your tackle boxes Sportman’s report: Tucson plan to explore Sportsman’s Report: Sport Expo opens at Sac. Sportsman’s Report: Conditions of surf and waves

Sportsman’s Report: Salmon season opening May 1

By: Bill Hanson
April 26, 2019

Ocean salmon anglers across the California coast will be able to spend more time on the water this year chasing after King Salmon (also known as Chinook Salmon). At its meeting this week in Rohnert Park, the Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized and adopted ocean salmon seasons beginning on or after May 1 through the remainder of the year. Sport fisheries in the Klamath Management Zone Sport fisheries in the Klamath Management Zone will open from late May through early Sept. Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas are currently open; they will close for the first half of May, then reopen and continue through the end of Oct. The Monterey management area is open now and remains open through late Aug.

Despite an increase in fishing opportunity this year, ocean salmon season lengths were cut short in certain areas to limit harvest of Sacramento River fall Chinook, the main stock supporting California’s ocean fishery. Under the terms of the federal Salmon Fishery Management Plan, this stock has been classified as “overfished” following low returns of spawning adults in recent years. In an effort to hasten the rebuilding process, the council made the decision to limit the fishery so that a greater number of adult fish return to the river to spawn this fall.

The 2019 recreational ocean salmon season dates for the California coast are as follows:

In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40°05’00” N. latitude), the season will open May 25 and continue through Sept. 2.

The Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas, which extend from Horse Mountain to Point Arena (38°57’30” N. latitude) and Point Arena to Pigeon Point (37°11’00” N. latitude), respectively, opened April 13. Fishing will close on April 30, then reopen on May 18 and continue through October 31.

The Monterey area between Pigeon Point and the U.S./Mexico border opened April 6 and will continue through Aug. 28.

The minimum size limit is 20 inches total length in all areas north of Point Arena. In the San Francisco area, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length through April 30, then 20 inches total length thereafter. In the Monterey area the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length. The daily bag limit is two Chinook Salmon per day. No more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit. Retention of Coho Salmon (also known as Silver Salmon) is prohibited in all ocean fisheries off California.

In addition to protecting Sacramento River fall Chinook, the season dates and size limit restrictions in combination also serve to minimize impacts of the ocean salmon fishery on ESA-listed Sacramento River winter Chinook and California Coastal Chinook stocks, as required by federal law.

For more information about ocean salmon seasons and the ocean salmon management process, visit the Ocean Salmon Seasons web page in the California DFW web site.

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.