A roe fishing ban for salmon and steelhead on the Smith River in Northern California has been proposed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Now, lots of guys are already going off the deep end thinking this has already been passed. As of early Nov., 2016, it’s simply a proposal that has yet to even go in front of the Commission, so don’t get all panicky yet!
Proposed by Ted Souza, a long time Smith River angler, commercial fisherman and river activist, the regulation change (if it were to happen) calls for a total ban of the use of roe for salmon and steelhead fishing. In the official documents filed with the Commission, Souza states that roe is such an effective bait that many hens are killed just for their eggs — hens that are more valuable to the overall fishery. He also claims that catch and release mortality is higher when fish eat eggs as opposed to artificials.
Also included in the proposal is a total fishing closure above the Forks on the Middle and South Fork Smith in November and December to protect spawning salmon.
At this point, a proposal has only been filed and received by the Fish & Game Commission. The Direction to grant, deny, or refer requests input will take place at the Commission meeting on Dec 7-8, in San Diego.