Four members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) top leadership will participate in a panel at this weekend’s Fred Hall Show in Long Beach.
Director Charlton H. Bonham, Acting Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Stafford Lehr, Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess 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 Saturday, March 5. Pete Gray, host of Let’s Talk Hook Up, Southern California’s premiere fishing radio show, will moderate the panel.
Saturday, March 5, 1:30 p.m.
Long Beach Fred Hall Show, Long Beach Convention Center
Mammoth Lakes Seminar Theater
The panel will not be participating in the Fred Hall Show in Del Mar, which will be held March 17-20. However, CDFW will 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 2016 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 $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and children under 16 and active military personnel are admitted free.
Please see www.fredhall.com for more information.
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191