CDFW Leadership to Participate in Panel at Fred Hall Shows

Media Contacts:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Sports Show Coordinator, (831) 649-7191

Five members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) top leadership will participate in a panel at next month’s Fred Hall Shows in Long Beach and Del Mar.

Director Charlton H. Bonham, Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Dan Yparraguirre, Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess, Chief of Fisheries Stafford Lehr and Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman will answer questions from the public on a variety of fish and wildlife related topics as part of a panel discussion taking place on the Saturdays of each show. Pete Gray, host of Let’s Talk Hook Up, Southern California’s premiere fishing radio show, will moderate the panels.

Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.
Long Beach Fred Hall Show, Long Beach Convention Center
Mammoth Lakes Seminar Theater

Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Del Mar Fred Hall Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds
Mammoth Lakes Seminar Theater

CDFW will also have several booths at the shows. CDFW staff will answer questions and all licenses, tags and report cards will be available for purchase. The new 2015 CDFW Warden Stamp will also be available ($5) to help fund the purchase of equipment for CDFW enforcement.

Show attendees can learn about becoming a wildlife officer at the law enforcement trailer. The trailer is full of beautiful fish and wildlife mounts and contains a free laser shot game. Attendees can learn about the changes made in fish stocking over the decades as a 1925 Dodge truck used by CDFW for transporting hatchery fish will be on display as well as a brand new fish transporting truck.

And again this year, the shows will feature a fishing pond stocked with rainbow trout from a CDFW hatchery (Fillmore Hatchery in Long Beach and Mojave River Hatchery in Del Mar) with free fishing available for kids. Everyone who fishes at the pond will receive fishing passport books and official fishing passport stamps to recognize their achievements. CDFW “Fishing in the City” staff will also be on hand teaching kids new casting skills.

Look for the big bass tank stocked by CDFW scientists with trophy-size bass collected from a local lake where the bass professionals will be providing tips and demonstrating their successful fishing skills throughout the show.

At the Long Beach show, admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (over 65) and children under 16 and active military personnel are admitted free.

In Del Mar, admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 16 and active military personnel are admitted free.