The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the start of recreational ocean salmon fishing will begin this weekend.
The Northern California Management Zone, which ranges from the California/Oregon state line down to Horse Mountain will open up Saturday, May 10th. It will continue through September 7th and will have a minimum size limit of 24-inches. Anglers should note the closures at the mouths of both the Klamath and Smith Rivers. The mouth of the Eel River will be closed during August and September.
Fishery biologists are predicting moderately large numbers of salmon along coastal waters. The state bag limit is two salmon of any species except Coho or Silver Salmon. New this season, the salmon possession limit has been changed to two daily bag limits when on land; however, when on a vessel in ocean water, no person can possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit. For complete regulation information, go to: www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp