May 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar



Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people and reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit

Weekends — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 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. The day use permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased on-site). Groups of five should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit

1 Northern California Red Abalone Season Opens. Northern California red abalone season is opening one month later than normal this season as low numbers of abalone seen in deeper waters (below 28 feet) during dive surveys prompted the California Fish and Game Commission to reduce the catch of red abalone for 2017. The months of April and November are closed this year and the number of abalone on the report card has been reduced from 18 to 12. Other regulations remain unchanged, including the start time of 8 a.m. For more information, please visit or contact Jerry Kashiwada at (707) 964-5791 or

1 — Archery Only Spring Turkey and Additional Junior Spring Turkey Seasons Open. Season extends through May 14, 2017. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens. There will be four open periods for the 2017 fishery: May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. For more information, please visit

6 — Take It Outside California! Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature games, crafts and guided trail walks. The cost is $4.12 for trail use and no pets are allowed. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at

12-13 — Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Fishing Passport Program will quiz kids on different aspects of sport fish and fishing, provide California Fishing Passports and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books, and provide fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing information. More than 40 organizations will be represented and the event is free. For more information, please visit

13 — Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Kids’ Fishing Day, 7 a.m. to noon, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). Youths 15 and under can compete for the biggest catfish in the morning at the free event, and fishing poles and bait will be available. The event will include prizes and lunch for participating youths and a bicycle will be awarded to the holder of the largest fish. Anglers age 16 and over who have a valid California Sport Fishing License may fish from this location after noon. For more information, please contact the Gridley Recreation Department at (530) 846-3264 or Gray Lodge Wildlife Area at (530) 846-7505.

15 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Reopens from the Point Arena to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

20 — Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, 7 a.m. to noon, Bidwell Park, Chico. To kick off National Fishing Week, the city of Chico will host this free children’s fishing event for kids 15 and under. Tackle, bait and instruction are provided and the lake will be stocked with 8,000 lbs. of catfish. For more information, please call (530) 891-4757. 

24 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit

24 — Delta Fisheries Forum, 1-4 p.m., Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). Interested stakeholders are invited to join a forum to explore and discuss the future of fisheries management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Jointly sponsored by the California Fish and Game Commission and CDFW. For more information, please see

25 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit

31 — Nomination Deadline for Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee. The CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is seeking nominations from the public to fill three vacancies on the FRGP Peer Review Committee. Applications are sought for the timber industry, agricultural industry, and academic or research positions. For more information, please visit

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