SAN FRANCSICO — Salmon anglers fishing out of the Golden Gate will have a lengthy ocean season this year, but fisheries from Fort Bragg north are being slashed by federal fishery managers to protect kings headed back to the Klamath River.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council, meeting April 6-11 in Sacramento, voted to give anglers fishing out of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay seasons similar to last year, while reducing the number of days Fort Bragg anglers will get, and completely closing the season out of Eureka, Trinidad and Crescent City.
Federal biologists said the cuts to the northern fisheries were necessary because of a record-low fall salmon returns expected back to the Klamath River. Impacts on Klamath salmon are highest out of Eureka and Crescent City, but are also high enough out of Fort Bragg that tighter restrictions were necessary, PFMC officials said.
Seasons also were slashed from Monterey south.
The bright spot for salmon fishing opportunity will be out of the San Francisco area. Already open, the season out of San Francisco between Point Arena and Pigeon Point runs April 1-30 and from May 15-Oct. 31. The season will be open seven days a week, with a two-king-salmon-per-day limit with a 24-inch size minimum length. The season is closed for two weeks the first half of May.
The season out of Fort Bragg, in the management area from Horse Mountain to Point Area, will be open April 1-May 31 and Aug. 15-Nov. 12. The minimum length there will be 20 inches.
The Monterey North area, from Pigeon Point to Point Sur, will be open to salmon fishing April 1-July 15. The Monterey South area, from Point Sur to the U.S.-Mexico border, will run April 1-May 31.
There will be no ocean salmon season in the Klamath Management Zone this year, an area that runs from Horse Mountain to Humbug Mountain, Ore., and includes Eureka, Trinidad and Crescent City on the California side and Brookings and Gold Beach in Oregon.