The California Fish & Game Commission voted today to close a 5.5-mile section of the upper end of the Lower Sacramento River to protect winter run Chinook salmon.
“We are taking proactive measures on two fronts to protect these endangered fish both in the ocean and on their natal spawning habitat,” said CDFW Chief of Fisheries Stafford Lehr. “The fishing communities have stepped forward to support these measures and work towards long-term sustainability of the resource. None of us wanted to be in this situation, but heading into a fourth year of extreme drought calls for extreme measures.”
The closure will take effect around April 27 from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River in Redding upstream to Keswick Dam.
The area is currently closed to salmon fishing but was open to trout fishing. The closure will protect critical spawning habitat and eliminate any incidental stress or hooking mortality of winter-run salmon by anglers.
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