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CDFW Information | Chinook Salmon Season to Open July 1 on Parts of Klamath, Trinity Rivers

Chinook Salmon Season to Open July 1 on Parts of Klamath, Trinity Rivers

Sport fishing for Chinook salmon within the Klamath River Basin is about to start July 1 and can proceed by the autumn based on salmon quota and fishery rules that had been adopted by the California Fish and Sport Fee throughout its Could teleconference assembly.

The season begins with a shortened spring-run Chinook salmon fishery enacted in response to the state itemizing of “Higher Klamath/Trinity River Spring Chinook Salmon” as threatened underneath the California Endangered Species Act. The truncated spring-run Chinook salmon leisure fishery will open July 1 and run by Aug. 14 on the decrease Klamath River (downstream of the Freeway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and thru Aug. 31 on the Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River). The every day bag restrict stays one Chinook salmon (no dimension restrictions), with a possession restrict of two Chinook salmon. This shortened season construction eliminates the core months of April, Could and June when nearly all of spring-run transfer by the Klamath and Trinity rivers on their solution to natal areas the place essentially the most at-risk spring-run populations spend the summer season and spawn.

The autumn-run Chinook salmon leisure fishery within the Klamath River will proceed Aug. 15 as Klamath River fall-run Chinook start to enter the river in bigger numbers. Within the Trinity River, the leisure fall-run Chinook season begins Sept. 1. The autumn-run Chinook basin in-river quota for this fall interval is 2,119 grownup Chinook salmon for the 2022 season. Klamath River fall-run Chinook numbers stay low, requiring restricted alternative for harvest whereas this inventory of salmon rebounds from the results of difficult environmental circumstances.

The bag limits will stay the identical as in 2021, with a two-fish every day bag restrict, with no a couple of fish over 23 inches (resembling one grownup and one jack). The possession restrict stays the identical at six fish, with not more than three fish over 23 inches (successfully three every day bag limits).

The in-river leisure grownup fall-run Chinook salmon quota is split amongst 4 sectors within the Klamath River basin:

Klamath River

  • 3,500 toes downstream of Iron Gate Dam downstream to the Freeway 96 bridge – 360 fish.
  • Freeway 96 bridge downstream to the mouth of the Klamath River – 1,060 fish.

There’s a sub-area closure on the mouth of the Klamath River when 15 p.c of the basin allocation has been harvested – 318 fish harvested under the Freeway 101 bridge triggers this closure.

Trinity River

  • Outdated Lewiston Bridge to Freeway 299 West bridge at Cedar Flat – 350 fish.
  • Denny Highway bridge downstream to the confluence with Klamath River – 349 fish.

Anglers could preserve monitor of the quota standing of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling California Division of Fish and Wildlife’s data hotline at (800) 564-6479.

For extra data concerning Klamath River fishing rules, please seek the advice of the 2022-2023 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Laws, which will likely be out there on-line in July at


Media Contacts:
Dan Troxel, CDFW Klamath River Undertaking, (707) 822-0330
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858



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