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CDFW recommends emergency closures on north coast rivers
With continuing low rainfall throughout the North Coast, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say they will recommend closing many sections of north coast rivers to fishing through April 30th. Some rivers are at the ends of their seasonal closures, which were set to end January 31st.
the CDFW wants to extend some of those closures, close some more rivers and recommends emergency regulations on others. They will make these recommendations to the Fish and Game Commission at their next meeting.
CDFW director, Charles Bonham said, “We fully understand the impact these closures will have on anglers and businesses related to fishing in California and we feel for them. However, the science is clear. Two thirds of the wettest part of our winter is already behind us and conditions are looking increasingly grim.
The CDFW will recommend closing sections of the Eel River main stem, sections of the South Fork of the Eel, parts of the Van Duzen, Mad River, Mattole, Redwood Creek and Smith Rivers. To find out more information on drought issues and further recommendations, go to the CDFW website at: WWW.DFG.CA.GOV
CDFW recommendations for closure:
EEL RIVER FULMOR RD. JUCTION TO SOUTH FORK OF EEL.
SOUTH FORK OF EEL DOWNSTREAM TO RATTLESNAKE CREEK
MAIN STEM VAN DUZEN FROM MOUTH TO GOLDEN GATE DRIVE (BRIDGEVILLE)
MAD RIVER HAMMOND TRAIL TRESTLE TO COWAN CREEK
MAIN STEM MATTOLE FROM MOUTH TO HONEYDEW CREEK
REDWOOD CREEK FROM MOUTH TO CONFLUENCE OF BOND CREEK
MAIN STEM SMITH FROM ROWDY CREEK TO MOUTH OF PATRICK’S CREEK