The salmon season for ocean waters south of Horse Mountain in Humboldt County to the U.S.-Mexico border is scheduled to open on April 3. Season dates for ocean waters north of Horse Mountain and in Humboldt Bay will be decided in mid-April by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PMFC) and the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC).
A map of each area along with general sport fishing regulations related to each area can be viewed at http://dfg.ca.gov/marine/pdfs/salmonsport10.pdf.
All Chinook salmon harvested must meet the size limit for the zone where they are taken. All coho salmon are protected by law and if caught must be released unharmed. Current regulations include the following:
Humbug Mountain (Oregon) to Horse Mountain: Closed
The rest of California’s coast: Horse Mountain to U.S.-Mexico Border
o Season is scheduled for April 3-30, 2010
o Limit is two salmon per day of any species (except coho)
o Minimum size limit is 20 inches total length
Closing dates of all ocean seasons and size limits may be changed by the PMFC and FGC at their April meetings. Ocean salmon sport seasons in effect on or after May 1 will also be determined at the April meetings.
Sport season options currently being evaluated can be found at www.pcouncil.org.
Anglers can review additional requirements of the ocean salmon regulations (section 27.80) in the Ocean Sportfishing Booklet on DFG’s Web site at: www.dfg.ca.gov.