Applications Now Available for Apprentice Deer Hunt in San Luis Obispo County for Junior License Holders

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt for Junior Hunting License holders on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve in September.

The two-day buck hunt, which is being offered in cooperation with the A-Z Foundation (AZF) and the Chimineas Ranch Foundation (CRF), will be held Sept. 14 and 15 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. Mandatory hunter orientation will take place in the evening on Friday, Sept. 13. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Three apprentice Junior Hunting License holders will be chosen by lottery. Selected Junior Hunting License holders must possess an A zone deer tag and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will receive classroom, range, and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Hunts will be led by AZF volunteers. AZF and CRF will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Junior Hunting License holders may apply online using their GO ID number through the Automated License Data System (ALDS). The hunt application is titled “Carrizo Plain ER – Chimineas Unit Apprentice Deer Hunt.”

The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 19. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and will receive additional information, including maps and special regulations, prior to the hunt.

Media Contacts:
Bob Stafford, CDFW Central Region, (805) 594-6175
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

Burrowing owl on fence

July 2019 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Various Days – Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, various days and times, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). Each year, from June through September, the Yolo Basin Foundation offers “Bat Talk and Walk” tours. The tour begins with a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat natural history, after which attendees are shuttled to the outdoor viewing area to witness firsthand the spectacular aerial performance of the Mexican free-tailed bats. Pre-registration is required at http://yolobasin.org. For more information, please contact Corky Quirk at cquirk@yolobasin.org.

Various Days – Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.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 onsite). Groups of five or more should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

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.

1 – General Season for Rabbits and Varying Hare Opens Statewide (Extending through Jan. 26, 2020). For more information on small game seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

1 – Recreational Chinook Salmon Fishery to Open on Portions of Klamath and Trinity Rivers. As per emergency regulations adopted and approved by the California Fish and Game Commission and Office of Administrative Law, the spring Chinook Salmon fishery will be open from July 1 through Aug. 14 on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and from July 1 through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork). The daily bag limit has been reduced to one Chinook Salmon (no size restrictions), and the possession limit remains the same at two Chinook Salmon. Please see the 2019-2020 California Freshwater Sportfishing Regulations and 2019-2020 California Supplement Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.

3 – Public Meeting on California Waterfowl Habitat Program (CWHP) Grants, 10 a.m. to noon, CDFW Wildlife Branch second floor conference room, 1812 Ninth St., Sacramento (95811).CDFW is now accepting public comment pertaining to a Draft Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) for the CWHP. This public meeting will allow staff to provide information about the priorities and requirements of the 2019 CWHP PSN, and gather public input and comments that will help finalize the solicitation. Members of the public may also submit comments in writing to cwhp@wildlife.ca.gov. All comments received by 5 p.m. on July 21, 2019 will be considered by staff prior to finalizing the solicitation. To view the Draft 2019 CWHP PSN, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/cwhp/private-lands-programs/waterfowl-habitat.

6 – Free Fishing Day. One of two Free Fishing Days being offered by CDFW in 2019 is scheduled July 6 (the other is Aug. 31). While all fishing regulations – such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures – remain in effect, anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license on Free Fishing Days. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.

8 – Last Day of Staff Consultation Period for the 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice for the Stream Flow Enhancement Program. The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is preparing to release the 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice for the Stream Flow Enhancement Program. Potential applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the WCB staff consultation period through July 8. Please view the consultation announcement or go to the WCB Stream Flow Enhancement Program webpage for more information.

10 – Pre-Application Workshop for 2019 Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grants, 1-3 p.m. via Skype. The first of two online Pre-Application Workshops to walk applicants through how to apply to the proposal solicitation notice for these grants. Workshop attendance is encouraged but not required. Pre-applications for the grant are due Aug. 13. See CDFW’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program webpage for the Skype link and more details.

11 – California Fish and Game Commission – Marine Resources Committee Meeting. California Department of Parks and Recreation, Orange Coast District Office, Training Room, 3030 Avenida del Presidente, San Clemente, CA 92672. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov.

11-12 – Global Learning to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Elementary School Teacher Workshop. Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). A free workshop for kindergarten through sixth grade educators focused on environmental education. The GLOBE program brings students, teachers and scientists across the world together to investigate the natural world. Participants will receive new lesson plan ideas, investigative tools and access to the GLOBE database. Teachers can register online at www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development or contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov or (831) 728-2822.

15 – Public Meeting on Elk Management, 3:30-5 p.m., Lake Earl Grange Hall, 6820 Lake Earl Drive, Fort Dick (95538). CDFW will hold a public meeting to provide information and receive public input on elk management in the northwestern zone, in order to help refine the management plan for the North Coast Roosevelt Elk Management Unit. CDFW staff will discuss ongoing elk research and management strategies as well as hunting and landowner programs such as the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program and private lands management. For more information about the meetings, or if you cannot attend and would like to submit questions or comments, please contact Shawn Fresz at shawn.fresz@wildlife.ca.gov.

18 – Conservation Lecture Series Webcast, “The Perfect Storm: Multiple Climate Stressors Push Kelp Forest Beyond Tipping Point in Northern California,” 1-2:30 p.m. Presented by CDFW’s Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett. Register online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures or contact Whitney Albright, whitney.albright@wildlife.ca.gov, with questions.

24 – Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Elk Hunting Opportunities. An $11 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

27 – Sunset Saturday at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Participants can enjoy a sunset on the Slough, with the reserve open to the public until 8 p.m. All visitors must check in at the Visitor Center before entering the trails. 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 onsite). For more information, please contact Ariel Hunter at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov.

27 – Kids Fishing Festival, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Snowcreek Ponds, 1254 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). The event is free for youths 14 and under and no advance registration is required. Rods and reels are provided, or you can bring your own. For more information, please visit http://kidsfishfest.com/ or contact Gaye Mueller at (760) 937-2942.

31 – Pre-Application Workshop for 2019 Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grants, 1-3 p.m. via Skype. The second of two online Pre-Application Workshops to walk applicants through how to apply to the proposal solicitation notice for these grants. Workshop attendance is encouraged but not required. Pre-applications for the grant are due Aug. 13. See CDFW’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program webpage for the Skype link and more details.

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Media Contacts:
Sarah Guerere, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8974
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

 

 

July 6 is Free Fishing Day in California

Mark your calendars for the first of two 2019 Free Fishing Days in California, when anyone can try their hand at angling – no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, you can purchase a license online through CDFW’s website.

“Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for seasoned anglers to introduce friends and neighbors to their love of the sport,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham.

A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California currently costs $49.94, while a one-day sport fishing license costs $16.20. CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without either an annual or one-day license. This year, the first of the two Free Fishing Days falls on the Saturday of Independence Day weekend. The second will be on Saturday, Aug. 31.

All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.

Anglers can review the sport fishing regulations online (www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations) or use CDFW’s mobile web site to view freshwater limits and regulations specific to a body of water (https://map.dfg.ca.gov/sportfishingregs/).

Please note: CDFW has recently been made aware of customer complaints that third party websites are offering California fishing licenses for sale at greatly inflated prices. We urge customers not to provide credit card numbers, social security numbers or any other personal information to these sites. The CDFW website, License and Revenue Branch locations and CDFW license agents are the only state-authorized sources for California fishing licenses.

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Media Contact:
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Jen Benedet, CDFW Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Program, (916) 903-9270

Little girls at Hot Creek Hatchery Trout Fest

Annual Trout Fest to Make a Splash at Hot Creek Hatchery

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites everyone to celebrate our state’s fishery resources at the Hot Creek Hatchery Trout Fest on Saturday, June 29.

“Fish hatcheries are a terrific family destination and Trout Fest offers a variety of free, fun activities that will interest the angler and non-angler alike,” said Hot Creek Hatchery Manager Michael Escalier.

The many fun things to do at Trout Fest include:

  • Touch a fish – Trout skin is slimy, colorful and cool. You can learn all about these things at the Trout Touch Pool!
  • Feed a fish – Watch trout jump for joy when you toss them a handful of their favorite food. Learn what trout eat in the hatchery and in the wild at the Aquatic Insect Activity.
  • Catch a fish – Try your new skills to catch your very own “whopper” at our Small Fry Fishing activity (for ages 15 years and under only).
  • Clean a fish – Trout are easy to clean and learn how as we clean your whopper at our Trout Cleaning station!
  • Taste a fish – Fish are delicious! There are so many ways to cook a trout! Here’s your chance to try a few tasty recipes at our Trout Tasting booth.
  • Form follows function – Learn how a trout’s anatomy holds the secret to their survival at the Dissection booth.
  • Paint a Fish – Make some fishy art at the Fish Print booth.
  • Join a school of fish – Learn angling ethics, techniques and helpful fishing tips from expert anglers at our Knot Tying, Rigging, Casting and Fly-Tying activities.

Fishing, science, art and cooking are only some of the fun and interesting activities Trout Fest offers. Local fly fishing groups will provide individual fly-casting lessons and demonstrate the art of fly-tying and catch-and-release techniques. CDFW wildlife officers will also be on hand to answer your wildlife-related questions.

Hot Creek Hatchery is located at 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546), to the east of Highway 395. Hours for all events are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Parking, admission and activities are all free. Gear and tackle will be provided (fishing is for kids 15 years and under only). No outside gear is allowed.

Additional information can be found on the CDFW website.

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Media Contact:
Jana Leiran, CDFW Hatchery Interpretive Services, (916) 539-6644
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

 

June 2019 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 any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. The experience can be customized 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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Various Days — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). 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 onsite). Groups of five or more should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

Various Days — Bats at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Participants can watch bats leave the Yolo Causeway and fly away to eat crop pests throughout the valley. Pre-register at www.yolobasin.org for one of 30 dates available from June to September. For more information, please contact Corky Quirk at cquirk@yolobasin.org.

1-9 — California Invasive Species Action Week. The goals of the California Invasive Species Action Week are to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and promote public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources. Informational and volunteer events are scheduled statewide, including weed removal and habitat restoration, webinars and tours. See the map and schedule of events at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week.

8 — Chollas Lake Park Fishing Derby. Chollas Lake Park, 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego (92115), 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Equipment, bait and instruction will be provided along with refreshments, crafts and prizes for youths 15 and younger. For more information, please call (619) 527-7683.

11 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Red Lion Hotel Redding, 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding (96002). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov.

12 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife/Non-Marine Topics Meeting, time to be determined, Red Lion Hotel Redding, 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding (96002). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov.

13 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Topics Meeting, time to be determined, Red Lion Hotel Redding, 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding (96002. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov.

15 — Elkhorn Slough Bioblitz, 9 a.m. to noon, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Participants can join a naturalist-guided trail walk to survey and submit data on the reserve’s biodiversity. This event is free, but registration is required. Visit www.elkhornslough.org/calendar to register. All ages are welcome but participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email Ariel Hunter at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — Kids Fishing Day at Mount Shasta Hatchery, N Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta (96067). Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. and fishing is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided. CDFW staff and volunteers will assist with parking, registration, fishing, netting fish and answering questions. Kids Fishing Days are also scheduled at the hatchery on July 6 and Aug. 17. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries/mount-shasta or call (530) 926-2215.

18 — Land Regulations Outreach Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., CDFW South Coast Region Headquarters, 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego (92123). The meeting will inform the public about site-specific changes to public use regulations that are being considered for certain CDFW properties. CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. For more information, please contact Julie Horenstein at julie.horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

19 — Land Regulations Outreach Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville (95966). The meeting will inform the public about site-specific changes to public use regulations that are being considered for certain CDFW properties. CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. For more information, please contact Julie Horenstein at julie.horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

19 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, “CDFW Monitoring of the Salton Sea,” presented by Nasseer Idrisi. 10 a.m. to noon. California Department of Fish and Wildlife monitoring of the Salton Sea has revealed concurrent declines in the tilapia population in the Sea and piscivorous birds that feed on the tilapia. Other fish surviving in the Salton Sea include desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius) and sailfin molly (Poecilia latipinna). The piscivorous birds that use the Salton Sea as feeding grounds and are impacted by the decline in the fish population include American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), and double crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auratus). Attendance is free. To register or learn more, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures. CDFW employees please register via OTD LEARN.

22 — Sunset Saturday, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Participants can enjoy a sunset on the Slough, with the reserve open to the public until 8 p.m. All visitors must check in at the Visitor Center before entering the trails. 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). For more information, please contact Ariel Hunter at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov.

22 — Annual Clean-up Day at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 7:30 a.m. to noon, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618). Volunteers will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the wildlife area check station, then participate in cleanup activities in preparation for the upcoming waterfowl season. Activities typically involve cleaning and brushing up hunting blinds and improving area signage and field markers. Volunteers should bring gloves, work boots and sunscreen. Water and insect repellent will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Yolo Bypass Area Manager at (530) 757-2431.

24 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Applications on Sale for Fall Elk Hunts. Seventy-two SHARE elk tags will be available during 45 elk hunts offered through the SHARE program. Also on sale are deer, pig, bear and upland game hunts on various properties. An $11 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

24 — Land Regulations Outreach Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Grassland Environmental Education Center, Los Banos Wildlife Area, 18110 Henry Miller Ave., Los Banos (93635). The meeting will inform the public about site-specific changes to public use regulations that are being considered for certain CDFW properties. CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. For more information, please contact Julie Horenstein at julie.horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

24-25 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Teachers on the Estuary Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). This workshop will help middle and high school teachers develop water quality data collection and analysis skills, and will provide information about estuaries and watersheds. Space is limited to the first 16 teachers who enroll. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/education/teachers. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

25 — Public Hearing, Dungeness Crab Trap Gear Retrieval Program, 10 a.m. to noon, 20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Large Conference Room, Monterey (93940). CDFW is holding this public hearing to solicit input on changes to the proposed retrieval program for lost or abandoned commercial Dungeness crab trap gear. For more information, including documents included in the rulemaking file and information on submitting public comments, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/notices/regulations/gear-retrieval-program.

25 — Land Regulations Outreach Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). The meeting will inform the public about site-specific changes to public use regulations that are being considered for certain CDFW properties. CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. For more information, please contact Julie Horenstein at julie.horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

29 — Trout Fest 2019 at the Hot Creek Hatchery, 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). Trout Fest is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Youths can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, and handle, clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided, and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for those 15 and under. For more information, please email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

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Media Contact:
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988