The Fish Sniffer - Fall Salmon Regulations Go Into Effect
Fall Salmon Regulations Go Into Effect

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 23, 2014
Species: River Salmon
Location: Klamath River,

(Eureka) Regulations went into effect on the Klamath River for fall-run Chinook salmon fishing beginning August 15 and will run through December 31, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

 The daily bag limit will be three Chinook salmon, of which no more than one may be more than 22 inches in length. The possession limit is nine Chinook salmon, of which no more than three may be more than 22 inches in length. Two hatchery steelhead or hatchery trout may also be retained, with a possession limit of four each.

Spring-run Chinook salmon fishing regulations ran through Aug. 14, with a daily bag and possession limit of two salmon.

The Trinity is open to spring-run Chinook salmon fishing from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31. The daily bag and possession limit is two Chinook salmon. The take of salmon is prohibited from the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River downstream to the confluence of the Klamath River from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.

The entire 2014 quota for the Klamath River basin is 4,128 adult fall-run salmon based on 92,800 adult salmon predicted to return. In the Lower Klamath from the 101 bridge to the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec, 2,064 adults will be allowed for sport harvest. The spit area will receive 15 percent of the basin quota in 2014, 619 adults.

The section above the 96 bridge at Weitchpec to 3,500 feet downstream of the Iron Gate Dam will get 702 adults. The take of salmon is prohibited on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam downstream to Weitchpec from Jan. 1 through Aug. 14.

The Trinity River will be open to fall-run Chinook salmon fishing Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 31, the quota is set at 1,362 adults. The quota will be split evenly, 681 adults from the main stem downstream of the Old Lewiston Bridge to the Highway 299 West bridge at Cedar Flat and the main stem downstream of the Denny Road bridge at Hawkins Bar to the confluence with the Klamath.

The main stem downstream of the Highway 299 Bridge at Cedar Flat to the Denny Road Bridge in Hawkins Bar is closed to all fishing September 1 through Dec. 31.

Once these quotas have been met, no Chinook salmon greater than 22 inches in length may be retained , although (anglers may still retain a limit of Chinook salmon under 22 inches in length.

For more information on the regulations, go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

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