The California Fish & Game Commission adopted salmon regulations for the 2015 fishing seasons on Klamath and Sacramento River systems this week.
The reg change generating the most controversial response is the one that closes all non-tribal sport fishing at the mouth of Blue Creek on the Klamath from June 15 through Sept. 14 from ½ mile below to 500 feet above the confluence of the creek.
The Commission voted 4-1, ignoring the recommendations from Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists.
Another new reg adopted by the Commission is for the Klamath Spit.
The new spit area restriction limits anglers to “catch and keep” for all legally caught Chinook salmon. Additionally, once anglers have retained two adult Chinook salmon greater than 22 inches or their total daily bag limit they must cease fishing in the spit area.
Other news from the Commission:
The Klamath basin sport fishing quota for adult fall-run Chinook salmon is 14,133 fish. This represents a 250 percent increase over last year’s salmon quota and allowed for an increase in daily bag limit.
The daily bag limit for fall-run Chinook salmon is three fish, no more than two adults (greater than 22 inches) and the possession limit is nine fall-run Chinook salmon, no more than six adults.
The 2015 sport fishing season for fall-run Chinook salmon will run from Aug. 15 through Dec. 31 on the Klamath River and Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 on the Trinity River.
In Sacramento River News, the only change to the Central Valley regulations is an increase in the possession limit from two to four salmon. All other Central Valley regulations remain unchanged from last year.