The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to remind anglers that emergency regulations affecting spring Chinook salmon fishing in the Klamath River Basin were re-adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission effective December 2019.
Spring Chinook salmon: The emergency regulations listed in California Code of Regulations Title 14, subsection 7.50(b)(91.2) prohibit fishing for spring Chinook salmon in the Klamath River Basin from Jan. 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020. Chinook salmon fishing season will be open on the lower Klamath River between July 1 and Aug. 14, and on the upper Trinity River and New River between July 1 and Aug. 31. These emergency regulations supersede spring Chinook salmon fishing regulations found in the 2019-2020 California supplemental sport fishing regulations booklet.
Steelhead: Fishing for steelhead in the Klamath and Trinity rivers remains open year-round consistent with CCR Title 14, subsection 7.50(b)(91.1) in the 2019-2020 regulations booklet.
Fall Chinook salmon: The fall Chinook salmon season begins on Aug. 15, 2020, on the Klamath River and Sept. 1, 2020, on the Trinity River. Regulations pertaining to fall Chinook salmon fishing will be adopted in May 2020 and will include the annual basin quota, size, bag and possession limits, as noted on the Commission website.
Please consult the CDFW regulations web page or the Klamath River information hotline at (800) 564-6479 for further information pertaining to Klamath River Basin fishing seasons and regulations.
Dan Troxel, CDFW Klamath River Project, (707) 822-0330
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908