The Department of Fish and Game in California is holding an open meeting for the public to join in on. It will be held on March 1, 2011 at the Sonoma County Water Agency. The time of the meeting is from 11:00 AM until 2:30pm. The meeting is meant to be a place for the public to talk about the upcoming decisions to open the 2011 Salmon Fishing Season. The salmon fishery is right in the middle of a very complicated time right now. There will be biologists presenting data on the recent salmon runs up the rivers, and there will also be information discussed from other members of the Department of Fish and Game.
Some of the positive news expected to be talked about involves the high numbers of spawning salmon that were recently recorded in the Sacramento River and Klamath River. The actual numbers of salmon that were found were higher than what was previously expected, and the numbers looked to be a good sign that the 2010 salmon runs were at a higher level than in the previous years. It is very difficult to estimate what is going to happen in terms of the opening of the 2011 California Salmon Season, but now the expectation is that come either April or May 1st, there will be a definite sport fishing season, but the exact parameters of the commercial fishing remains unclear.
Usually, the different groups who decide on the Pacific Salmon Fishing regulations and Salmon Seasons actually take much more time developing the commercial fishing rules compared to the sport salmon fishing. The quotas and the time and locations that can be salmon fished are all determined by an international mixed organization group of professionals who literally spend their life thinking about the salmon.
If you have interest in the future of the salmon fishing in the state of California, you are encouraged to visit the Salmon Fishing meeting with the DFG. It will be an open forum for anyone interested party to raise their questions about the salmon season.