Ready for salmon season? Got your 2005 Ocean Fishing Regulations booklet in hand? Not so fast! If you haven't read the Regulations Supplement booklet, now available on the Departments Marine Region Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/oceanfish2005supp.pdf , you may not be as ready as you think!
Every year in April, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council finalizes the recreational and commercial salmon seasons for the remainder of the year. And every year, the Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement provides both freshwater and ocean anglers with final regulations for the recreational salmon season for the remainder of 2005, along with any freshwater and ocean regulations that may have changed since the first of the year. Hard copies of the supplement will be available at all DFG offices and wherever fishing licenses are sold by mid-to-late June.
Features of the 2005 Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement include:
Ocean salmon season regulations for the remainder of the year
Information about abalone permit report cards: this year, perforations were inadvertently omitted when the cards were printed. It will take a bit more effort for abalone fishermen to punch the required holes in their abalone permit report cards.
A review of April in-season changes to recreational groundfish regulations, including an updated groundfish management area map and updated groundfish regulation summary tables
Salmon and steelhead ID illustration
Canary rockfish vs. vermilion rockfish ID illustration
Information about coded-wire salmon tag recovery
New gear, size, and bag limit restrictions for the Klamath River salmon and steelhead fishery
Updated maps of the Klamath River Special Regulation Waters showing specific areas affected by regulation