There will be nearly a full season of salmon fishing this year on the Central California Coast. The Pacific Fisheries Management Council has decided recreational fishing will run from April 6th through November 10th. Commercial fishing will start May first and end October 15th.
But the council has not decided which days fishing will be prohibited as it tries to limit the effects on the winter-run Chinook salmon.
Craig Stone runs a charter fishing boat out of Emeryville. He says the April start to his season is good news. "We're under a new winter-run harvest model. To protect the endangered winter run, we're gonna have to take a little time off the water. But, it won't be much."
The Pacific Fisheries Management council has proposed three options for the season -with between 29 and 35 days off for commercial fishing and as many as nine days off for recreational fishing. The days would be primarily in June, July, and October. Recreational fishing may have as many as nine days off.
There were fewer than 2700 of the endangered species that made it up the Sacramento River to spawn last year.
The Pacific Fisheries Management council has three off-day options it has put out for public review. The final decision will be made in early April.