April 28, 2006
For Immediate Release:
Recreational Salmon Season in Northern/Central California scheduled to open in both
State and Federal waters effective Monday May 1, 2006.
An emergency closure forced recreational anglers to limit fishing opportunities during
the month of April to California waters within three miles of shore along a large portion
of coastline. Regulations recently adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council
will open Federal waters off the California coast from Fort Bragg south for all recreational
salmon fishermen starting on Monday May 1, 2006.
Charter fishing boats and private anglers have been anxiously waiting for word of the
reopening of all waters to salmon fishing this spring. California King Salmon,
the premier of its species will be available to local anglers who will again be able
to catch fish from healthy stocks of Sacramento River runs.
According to Roger Thomas, President of the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association, “On
our recent offshore whale watching trips, we found large schools of bait along with
lots of birds and whales which is a good indicator for a great opener. “
The Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association represents Charter boats from Fort Bragg
to Monterey and carries approximately 200,000 recreational anglers each year.
Representatives from all aspects of the fishing industry and angler groups have worked
hard, along with the State Dept. of Fish & Game and the National Marine Fisheries
Service to enable a 2006 salmon season structure that would provide maximum opportunity
for the California recreational angler.
For more information contact your favorite boat, bait and tackle shop or sport fishing
center, or access the California Dept. of Fish and Game at www.dfg.ca.gov. Golden
Gate Fishermen’s Association boats can be found on goldengatefishermensassociation.com.
more information please contact Mr. Roger Thomas, GGFA President at (415) 674-3474.