April 2020 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

All calendar items are subject to change as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens, for all boat-based anglers in the San Francisco Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County) and the Central Management Area (Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County). For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

1 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Stream Flow Enhancement Program Meeting, 10 a.m., via Skype or teleconference. For more information, please visit wcb.ca.gov.

2 — 150th Anniversary of the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

4 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

11 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

14 — CDFW-OSPR California Oil Spill Study and Evaluation Program Monthly Seminar Series, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., “Dry Stream Channel Assessment.” CDFW-OSPR scientist Daniel Orr will present some of his research regarding injury assessment of dry streams. Online attendance is free. To join via Skype go to meet.wildlife.ca.gov/bryand.duke/csgweop8. To join via phone dial (916) 210-1965, 94138#. For more information or to receive a calendar invite, please email Bryand Duke at bryand.duke@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — 2020-21 Hunting Items on Sale. Hunters can purchase 2020-21 hunting licenses, tags, validations and apply for the annual Big Game Drawing. Items may be purchased online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or by phone at (800) 565-1458. Sales transactions for the Big Game Drawing applications must be completed before midnight on June 2, 2020. Please contact a local CDFW license sales office for more information.

15 — Deadline to Submit Lobster Trap Loss Affidavits. Commercial lobster fishermen must submit an affidavit reporting trap loss for the 2019-2020 season. Forms can be found at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=141218 and can be returned either by email to lobster@wildlife.ca.gov or by mail to 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123.

15-16 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, time to be determined, teleconference/webinar only. For more information, please visit fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2020.

25 – General Trout Opener. The general trout season opens one hour before sunrise on many waters throughout the state – including all streams, lakes and reservoirs in Inyo and Mono counties, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations portion of the 2020-2021 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Anglers are advised to check specific area and water regulations and opening dates.

30 — Deadline to Report Spiny Lobster Report Cards. Divers and hoop netters who were issued report cards for spiny lobster must report either their harvest or effort by April 30, 2020. Report card holders who fail to return their Spiny Lobster Report Card or report their harvest online by the deadline will be assessed a $21.60 non-return fee when they purchase a spiny lobster report card for the following season. People may report online or mail their report card to the address printed on the report card. To report online, please visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin.