CDFW News | Chinook salmon season will open July 1 on portions of Klamath, Trinity Rivers
Chinook salmon season will open July 1 on portions of Klamath, Trinity Rivers
Chinook salmon sport fishing in the Klamath River Basin is scheduled to begin July 1 and will continue through the fall under salmon quota and fishing regulations that were passed by the California Fish and Game Commission during of its May teleconference meeting.
The season begins with a shortened Spring Chinook salmon fishery enacted in response to the state’s listing of “Upper Klamath/Trinity River Spring Chinook Salmon” as threatened under California’s Endangered Species Act. disappearance. The recreational Spring Chinook Trunk fishery will open July 1 and continue through August 14 on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Hwy 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and through August 31 on the Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork of the Trinity River). The daily bag limit remains one Chinook salmon (no size restriction), with a possession limit of two Chinook salmon. This shortened season structure eliminates the prime months of April, May, and June when the majority of spring runs cross the Klamath and Trinity rivers en route to natal areas where the most at-risk spring run populations spend the summer and relocate. reproduce.
The Klamath River fall chinook recreational fishery will continue on August 15 as Klamath River fall chinook begin to enter the river in greater numbers. In the Trinity River, the recreational fall Chinook salmon season begins on September 1. The fall basin quota for chinook in the river for this fall period is 2,119 adult chinook salmon for the 2022 season. limited harvest as this salmon stock recovers from the effects of harsh environmental conditions.
Catch limits will remain the same as 2021, with a daily bag limit of two fish, with no more than one fish over 23 inches (such as an adult and a trevally). The possession limit remains the same at six fish, with no more than three fish over 23 inches (effectively three daily bag limits).
Recreational quota for fall run adult Chinook salmon in the river is divided among four areas in the Klamath River basin:
- 3,500 feet downstream of Iron Gate Dam downstream of Hwy 96 bridge – 360 fish.
- Highway 96 bridge below mouth of Klamath River – 1,060 fish.
There is a subarea closure at the mouth of the Klamath River when 15 percent of the basin’s allocation has been harvested – 318 fish harvested under the Highway 101 bridge triggers this closure.
- Old Lewiston Bridge to Route 299 West Bridge at Cedar Flat – 350 fish.
- Denny Road Bridge downstream to confluence with Klamath River – 349 fish.
Anglers can track the quota status of the open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers by calling the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s information hotline at (800) 564-6479.
For more information on Klamath River fishing regulations, please see the California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations 2022-2023, which will be available online in July at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations .
Dan Troxel, CDFW Klamath River Project, (707) 822-0330
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858