May 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact:
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

DATE — EVENT

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, by Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead your group, school or organization through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Your experience can be catered to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to let staff know they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Opens for all Boat-based Anglers in California on May 1, 2015. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/pacifichalibut.asp.

1 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from the Oregon-California State Line to Horse Mountain. All other areas in California ocean waters remain open. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

2 — Trout Fest 2015 at the San Joaquin Hatchery, 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant  (93626). Trout Fest is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing, as they learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and to clean and cook trout. Equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for those 15 and under. For more information, please call (559) 765-4824, email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/hatcheries/sanjoaquin/.

2-3 — Spring Turkey Hunt, Little Dry Creek Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (95920). The Little Dry Creek Unit is located in southwestern Butte County. Three general parties and one junior/adult party will be drawn through the Upland Game Bird Program hunt opportunities. Entry is by special draw only and the deadline for hunt applications was April 8. For more information, please call (530) 982-2169.

9 — Kid’s Fishing Day, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 7 a.m. to noon. Youths 15 and under may compete for the biggest catfish at the free event. Poles and bait are available and prizes and lunch are provided for participating youths. A bicycle will be awarded to the holder of the largest fish. For more information, please contact the Gridley Recreation Department at (530) 846-3264 or Gray Lodge Wildlife Area at (530) 846-7505.

9-10 — Spring Turkey Hunt, Howard Slough Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (95920). The Howard Slough Unit is located in eastern Glenn County. Three general parties and one junior/adult will be drawn through the Upland Game Bird Program hunt opportunities. Entry is by special draw only and the deadline for hunt applications was April 8. For more information, please call (530) 982-2169.

15 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the Northern and Mendocino Groundfish Management Areas (from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena, Mendocino County) on May 15, 2015. For more information please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

16 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season is Closed for All Boat-based Anglers in California beginning on May 16, 2015. The fishery is expected to reopen on June 1, 2015. For the latest information on season status, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/pacifichalibut.asp.

21 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon, California Natural Resources Agency Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit https://www.wcb.ca.gov/ or contact Laura Featherstone at (916) 445-0137 or at laura.featherstone@wildlife.ca.gov.

22-24 — Mule Days, Sierra Street, Bishop (93514). CDFW will host an information booth and Kids Fishing Events, scheduled on May 23 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and May 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. There is no cost and youths must be under 16 years of age.  Fishing poles and bait are provided. For more information, please visit www.muledays.org/ or call (760)-872-4263.