CA Dept Fish and Wildlife Regulations

reg-book

Anglers should be aware the 2017-2018 CA Sport Fishing Regulations book is in effect from March 1, 2017 to Feb. 28, 2018. Therefore, any new rules that are added will be included in the new book that comes out in March. The effective dates are located on the bottom of the cover. Anglers can download the reg book in PDF form online.

All steelhead anglers should return their steelhead report punch cards to the Sacramento office at PO Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090 or you can report your card online. The address of the office is listed at the bottom of your green physical report cards.

There has been some confusion regarding a new rule about leader lengths. Here’s how the leader length law reads, straight from F&G Commission: “It shall be unlawful to use any configuration of fishing tackle in anadromous waters unless the distance between the terminal hook or terminal lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, is less than six feet. For purposes of this section, “weight” includes any product used to submerge the line or leader, including non-buoyant artificial flies or artificial lures, but does not include integrated or sinking fly fishing lines, lead core lines used while trolling from a boat, dropper weights used while trolling from a boat, or clipped weights used with downrigger systems. Note: Authority cited: Sections 200, 205, and 219, Fish and Game Code. Reference: Sections 203.1 and 205, Fish and Game Code.”

LOW FLOW CLOSURE: There’s also some confusion about when CADF&W can close a river. The department checks the gauges every Mon, Wed, and Friday. They determine where the flows will be on those days and make a decision accordingly by 1pm. So, on Monday they will determine is the river is open on Tues-Wed; on Wednesday, they will determine if the river is open for Thurs-Fri; on Friday they will determine if the river will be open for the weekend. They will change the recording on the low flow closure hotline around that time. The Mad River’s minimum flow: 200 cfs at the gauging station at the Highway 299 bridge.

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Or Contact Kenny Priest at Fishing the North Coast for more info.

NORTH COAST REGION
Low flow hotline for all North Coast rivers
subjected to low flows, 707-822-3164

NORTH COAST RIVER FORECAST
• Smith River
• Chetco River
• Klamath River and Tributaries
• Trinity River and Tributaries
• Redwood Creek and Mad River
• Van Duzen and Eel Rivers
• Mattole, Navarro, Garcia Rivers
• Russian River

RIVER LEVEL FORECASTS
• Klamath River – Klamath
• Mad River – Arcata
• Smith River – Jed Smith near Crescent City
• Eel River – Fernbridge
• Van Duzen – Bridgeville
• Trinity River – Hoopa
• Chetco River – near Brookings, Ore

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:
• NOAA: North West Rain Levels and Flood Levels
• USGS: Current and Gage Levels
• Weather Underground: Synopsis For Northern California Waters
• The Weather Channel: Eureka Weather Forecast
• NOAA: Eureka Radar Weather Map

 

River Fishing Seasons

KLAMATH RIVER
• May — July for Spring Salmon
• August — September for Fall Salmon and Steelhead

TRINITY RIVER
• September — November for Salmon and Steelhead

SMITH RIVER
• November for Fall Salmon
• December — March for Winter Steelhead

VAN DUZEN, EEL AND MAD RIVERS
• December — March for Winter Steelhead

CHETCO RIVER
• November for Fall Salmon
• December — March for Winter Steelhead

 

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