SACRAMENTO — Proposals that would impact salmon, steelhead and sturgeon anglers have been submitted to the California Fish and Game Commission for consideration.
One of the proposals would make it illegal to fillet, or cut into pieces, any salmon or steelhead taken in inland waters where a sport fishing license is required. This would mean that anglers fishing for salmon, say, in the Feather or Sacramento River, would have to transport salmon whole, without the benefit of being filleted.
Currently, almost all fishing guides provide the service of filleting fish after a trip, making it much easier to transport the fish fillets. For instance, the fillets of a big salmon can be packed in a small ice chest, whereas transporting a big salmon whole would require a much larger ice chest.
"This proposed regulation will give the department the ability to determine the origin (wild or hatchery), the species (coho, Chinook or steelhead), and the size (jack, adult or undersized ocean salmon) of salmon and steelhead taken, possessed and transported," read the regulations.
Another recommendation is to implement a fee for the Sturgeon Report Card of $7.45. The proposal claims the "benefits of the proposed regulations are (1) sustainable management of the white sturgeon population, and (2) concurrence with federal regulation regarding the take of threatened green sturgeon in otherwise-lawful fisheries." The law would also eliminate the use of multiple hooks for sturgeon, limiting hooks to one (1), single-point, single shank, barbless hook.
The regulation would also change the measurement of sturgeon from overall length to "fork" of the tail measurement. It would also prohibit the use of snares for handling sturgeon, and make it illegal to remove an oversized sturgeon from the water.
These proposals were noted in the July 27, 2012 notification of upcoming proposals from the California Fish and Game Commission.
Additional information can be found at www.fgc.ca.gov.