Klamath-Trinity river reg changes


Mar 11, 2001
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DFG Press Release


REDDING--Klamath-Trinity river anglers can look forward to the second highest adult, fall-run king salmon quota on record, according to sport fishing regulations adopted for the large river system by the state Fish and Game Commission.

Meeting via a phone conference call Thursday, commissioners set the coming season's basin impact quota at 20,500 king salmon over 22 inches, a number that Department of Fish and Game biologists predict could easily maintain fishing for adult salmon throughout the fall migration.

The new rules become effective July 1, when Supplement No. 1 of the DFG's free sport fishing regulation booklets is expected to be in the hands of license agents and Fish and Game offices.

In past years, Fish and Game said, low forecasts for Klamath basin salmon numbers have resulted in low sport fishing quotas that, in turn, have shut down fishing on the lower Klamath River as early as Labor Day Weekend. Sport anglers caught less than half of last year's quota of 29,800, permitting fishing for adult chinook during the entire fall run.

Unchanged from prior years is the basic provision that splits the year's adult salmon quota equally between the Klamath River at Coon Creek downstream of Weitchpec, given 50 percent of the allowable harvest, and the remainder of the Klamath and the entire Trinity River, getting the other 50 percent.

The DFG said fishermen will get an additional benefit this year under a commission decision that will keep the 100-yard mouth of the Klamath River open for fishing if the department projects from early catch data that the basin quota will not be met. In the past, the mouth closed to fishing when 15 percent of the entire basin quota had been caught below Highway 101.

In addition to approving the high quota, commissioners Thursday adopted regulations that will allow anglers to catch three salmon per day--two of them adults over 22 inches--the same daily bag limit allowed last year. The weekly and possession limits will be 12 fish, six of them adults.

The daily bag limit, as last year, will also include one hatchery trout or one hatchery steelhead. Federally protected coho salmon may not be possessed, the DFG said.

In a departure from an earlier proposal drafted by the DFG, the state commission voted to maintain last year's gear restrictions, including hook sizes, for the Klamath-Trinity basin. Fish and Game had suggested a slight increase in legal hook sizes.

Results of other Klamath-Trinity salmon fishing regulations approved by the state commission are:

*A ban on the take of king salmon over 22 inches on the upper Klamath River above Coon Creek from April 1 through July 31--applicable only to the month of July this year--to protect spring-run king salmon.

*An added fishing closure of Sept. 1-Nov. 15 on the Shasta River from its mouth to a point 250 feet above the DFG's fish counting weir to protect fall-run salmon.

*An expanded spring fishing closure on the Trinity River from Lewiston to the river mouth from April 1 through the Friday preceding Memorial Day, beginning next year, to protect coho and steelhead juveniles and adult coho.

*The opening of the South Fork Trinity River below Grouse Creek on the fourth Saturday in May, rather than the Saturday prceding Memorial Day, to run through March 31.

Commissioners also approved clarifying language that permits upper portions of the Trinity and Klamath rivers to reopen for fall-run, adult king salmon fishing in years when quotas are reached but when the two river hatcheries estimate they have received prescribed numbers of spawners. The areas permitting a return to fishing would include the Klamath above Interstate 5 and the Trinity between Old Lewiston Bridge and Indian Creek.


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Jun 2, 2001
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This is cool!   I fish the Trinity.

But talk of "increasing" the hook size ?    The hook size requirement is Too big Now!

But Hey , ya cant have it all I guess *S*


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