Category Archives: Sport Fishing

CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Sportsmen’s Show

Media Contacts:
Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement, Division, (916) 651-9982
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is returning to the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) at Cal Expo in Sacramento from Jan. 21-24. This is the largest hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation show of its kind in northern California.

Wildlife officers, fisheries and wildlife scientists, hunter education instructors, license agents and many other CDFW staff will be available during the show to answer questions and provide information regarding fishing and hunting opportunities throughout the state. A full-service license booth located in the Pavilion Building (space 3700) will sell all licenses, tags, report cards and warden stamps.

For the third year, CDFW’s top leadership will also hold a panel discussion about topics of interest to California hunters and anglers. The open-forum panel will be held in the California Sportsmen’s Theater in the Pavilion Building on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1-2 p.m. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions of the panel.

“We look forward to meeting with hunters and anglers face to face and talking with them about topics of particular interest and concern to them,” said Charlton H. Bonham, CDFW’s Director. “We welcome questions and critique from those who share our passion for wildlife conservation.”

Additional CDFW booths and highlights include: 

  • Online Harvest Reporting kiosk — Tag holders can log onto their online profile to view and complete all tags that require reporting. The tag holder will receive a report confirmation number that must be written in the space provided on the report card. The harvest report card will not have to be mailed in physically. CDFW encourages all tag holders to use this online service to meet their harvest reporting requirements.
  • Wildlife Officer recruitment — CDFW’s Law Enforcement trailer will be on display outside of the Pavilion Building, featuring an impressive display of taxidermy and a free enclosed laser-shot hunting simulator game. Wildlife officers, including statewide recruiting Lieutenant Specialist Chris Stoots, will be on hand to answer questions about employment opportunities.
  • Wildlife Officer Jerry Karnow and patrol horse Modoc — On Saturday, Jan. 23, stop by to meet Warden Karnow (from the TV show Wild Justice) and his patrol horse Modoc. Get an autograph, have your photo taken with Modoc and hear stories of their adventures.
  • Youth fishing — Bring your child to the Youth Fair Expo Center to fish for beautiful rainbow trout supplied by CDFW. Each child who participates will go home with a California Fishing Passport book, an official stamp and a fish identification book containing pictures and information about 150 different species of California fish!
  • Learn How to be “Bear Aware” — CDFW staff will demonstrate how to keep a campsite safe from unwanted ursine visitors.
  • 2016 Warden Stamps – At the main booth, CDFW will be offering and promoting this year’s stamp, which features a bighorn sheep. Proceeds from the $5 stamp support wildlife officers and K-9 teams and help fund the purchase of necessary law enforcement equipment.
  • Outdoor California — Free copies of CDFW’s award-winning magazine will be available (as supplies last) at the main booth. Yearly subscriptions may also be purchased for $15.
  • CDFW’s First Trout Planting Truck — This beautiful 1925 Dodge pickup was the first truck used for planting trout. The fish were transported in big milk cans. It has been completely refurbished and will be on display near the Youth Fair Expo Center. It still runs and it looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.
  • Youth Essay Contest – Sunday Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m., CDFW and the Wildlife Officer Foundation will be awarding this year’s contest winner, 13-year-old Brian McCoard of Cool, a lifetime hunting license for his outstanding essay emphasizing the theme of “Passing on the Tradition.” Stop by to congratulate McCoard and get information on how to become the next Youth contest winner.

The Cal Expo State Fairgrounds are located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento.  ISE show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults (door sales are cash only, although tickets may be purchased in advance online). Youths under age 16 are free. There is a $10 charge to park on the grounds.

For additional information, schedules and to purchase tickets, please visit the ISE webpage at www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento/.

 

CDFW to Move Rescued Fish Back into Merced River

Media Contacts:
Greg Kollenborn, CDFW Central Region, (559) 243-4014 ext. 257
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on Friday plans to release approximately 600 rainbow trout that were rescued from the lower Merced River a year and a half ago.

In the summer of 2014, water flowing from Lake McClure was too warm for these fish in the Merced River to survive and emergency action was taken to rescue 60 adult rainbow trout from the river between Crocker-Huffman Dam and the Snelling Road Bridge in Merced County.

“As a general rule, CDFW does not normally rescue fish unless they are a threatened or endangered species,” said Greg Kollenborn, CDFW Senior Hatchery Manager. “In this case, the drought forced us to take action to preserve an important species in Central California.”

The fish were transferred to CDFW’s Merced River Fish Hatchery near Snelling and housed in temperature-controlled fish-rearing tanks that were purchased with emergency drought funds made available by the Legislature and Governor. Keeping the fish in these tanks was also a precautionary measure to prent the spread of disease to fish in the hatchery.

CDFW originally intended to release the fish in the winter of 2014 but the ongoing drought and high water temperatures forced a delay of the release. The fish remained in the hatchery for an extra year, where they spawned and produced hundreds of offspring.

“In 18 months we went from 60 to 600 fish,” said Kollenborn. “Releasing them now will give local anglers a great opportunity to catch some nice fish this summer.”

Once the fish are released, CDFW scientists will monitor and survey the river to monitor the health of the trout populations.

CDFW to Hold Public Meeting on Klamath River Sport Fishery

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend an informational meeting to review regulatory options and receive public input for the 2016 Klamath River sport fishing seasons, area closures and bag limits.

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The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in the Del Norte County Administrative Building, 981 H St., Suite 100, Crescent City (95531)

One focus of the meeting will be the current sport fishing closure at the confluence of Blue Creek. The public is encouraged to provide input regarding this closure.

Regulatory options for the Klamath River will be considered at the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) meeting in February 2016 with the official regulatory notice of proposed change being distributed to the general public afterward. Klamath River regulations are slated to be adopted by the FGC in April 2016.

Emergency Crab Closure Recommended, Commission to Meet Thursday

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a health advisory warning individuals to avoid eating rock and Dungeness crab due to the detection of high levels of domoic acid. The advisory was followed by a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to the California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to delay the start of the Dungeness crab season and close the rock crab fishery. These actions would apply to each fishery from the Oregon border to the southern Santa Barbara County line.

The OEHHA recommendation has prompted an emergency meeting of the Commission, which will take place at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 (agenda and meeting information). At that time, the Commission will consider voting to delay the opening of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery. The recreational Dungeness crab season is currently scheduled to start Saturday, Nov. 7.

Also based on the recommendation from OEHHA, CDFW will act on its authority to delay the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season. The commercial Dungeness crab season is currently scheduled to start Sunday, Nov. 15 in most of the state.

Similar action will be considered by the Commission and CDFW to close the recreational and commercial rock crab fisheries in the affected area. Both recreational and commercial rock crab seasons are open all year.

“These are incredibly important fisheries to our coastal economies and fresh crab is highly anticipated and widely enjoyed this time of year. Of course, delaying or closing the season is disappointing,” said CDFW Marine Regional Manager Craig Shuman. “But public health and safety is our top priority.”

CDFW, along with the OEHHA and CDPH, has been actively testing crabs since early September. OEHHA announced today that consumption of Dungeness and rock crabs is likely to pose a significant human health risk as a result of high levels of domoic acid. CDFW will continue to coordinate with OEHHA and CDPH to test domoic acid levels in crab along the coast to determine when the fisheries can safely be opened.

Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin that can accumulate in shellfish, other invertebrates and sometimes fish. It causes illness and sometimes death in a variety of birds and marine mammals that consume affected organisms. At low levels, domoic acid exposure can cause nausea, diarrhea and dizziness in humans. At higher levels, it can cause persistent short-term memory loss, seizures and can in some cases be fatal.

Domoic acid is produced from some species of the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. Currently, a massive toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia has developed, significantly impacting marine life along California’s coast. State scientists have been testing crab from eight fishing ports from Morro Bay to Crescent City, and have determined that the neurotoxin has spread throughout the fishery grounds.

Algal blooms are common, but this one is particularly large and persistent. Warmer ocean water temperatures associated with the El Niño event California is experiencing is likely a major contributing factor to the size and persistence of this bloom.

Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

Reward Offered for Return of Satellite Tags from Federally Protected Green Sturgeon

State and federal fisheries officials are asking for public assistance and offering a $20 reward for the return of each satellite tag from green sturgeon. The satellite tags, which are programmed to release from the fish after a predetermined time, are most likely to be found along the open ocean coastal portions of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, and the shores and waters of San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay and the Delta.

Biologists use the tags to gather information on the Southern Distinct Population Segment of green sturgeon, a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The tag rewards are being offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in collaboration with the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, UC Davis and central California commercial halibut trawl fishermen.

If you see a live fish with a tag attached, do not remove the tag from the fish. Instead, note the tag number and call or email the point of contact printed on the tag. If you find a detached tag, please pick it up for return and contact Kristine Lesyna , CDFW Marine Region, (650) 631-6742, or Ethan Mora, NOAA Fisheries, (831) 420-3663.

More information about the tagging study can be found on the NOAA Fisheries Green Sturgeon Bycatch Project webpage.

Media Contacts:
Kristine Lesyna, CDFW Marine Region, (650) 631-6742
Ethan Mora, NOAA Fisheries, (831) 420-3663
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191
Jim Milbury, NOAA Fisheries, (562) 980-4006