Feather River Salmon Season Starts

Media Contacts:
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, 916-322-8911
Katherine A. Hill, CDFW Program Manager, 916-358-2935

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding anglers of the fishing regulations for the 2013 salmon season on the Feather River. The regulations are effective Tuesday, July 16. The California Fish and Game Commission adopts yearly regulations to help ensure the health of fish populations and give anglers an opportunity to enjoy fishing.

Feather River Regulations:

From the unimproved boat launch ramp above the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall to 200 yards above the Live Oak boat ramp, open July 16 through Oct. 15.

From 200 yards above the Live Oak boat ramp to the mouth of the river, open July 16 through Dec. 16.

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

All salmon and steelhead taken in inland waters must be kept in such a condition that species and size can be determined until placed at the angler’s permanent residence, a commercial preservation facility or being prepared for immediate consumption. See Section 1.45 of the 2013-2014 Freshwater Sports Fishing Regulations for more details.

The area around the Thermalito Afterbay outfall is open to fishing this year, however the outlet structure itself is closed to the public. This outlet structure is owned by the Department of Water Resources and is a part of the State Water Project that allows for the discharge of water from the Thermalito Afterbay to the Feather River below Lake Oroville. Consistent with the California Penal Code Section 602, persons found trespassing onto the outlet structure may be cited.

Last year, a temporary 250 foot closure was placed around the outlet structure. That temporary closure expired in February 2013.

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 are available on the CDFW website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.