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Chinook salmon season opens July 1

The recreational Chinook salmon fishery opened portions of the Klamath and Trinity rivers, as per emergency fishing regulations that have been adopted and approved by the California Fish and Wildlife Commission and the state Office of Administrative Law.

The spring Chinook salmon fishery opened July 1 and will remain so through Aug. 14 on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec). The Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork) is open now until Aug. 31. The daily bag limit has been set at one Chinook salmon (no size restrictions), and the possession limit is set at two Chinook salmon.

The fall Chinook fishery will open Aug. 15 in the Klamath River and open Sept. 1 in the Trinity River. The basin in-river quota is 7,637 adult Chinook salmon for 2019. Regulations will remain the same as in 2018 with a two-fish daily bag limit, with no more than one fish over 22 inches (such as one adult and one jack). The possession limit remains the same at six fish, with no more than three fish over 22 inches (effectively three daily bag limits).

The in-river recreational adult fall Chinook quota is divided among four sectors in the Klamath River Basin.

Klamath River

Sector one is 3,500 feet downstream of Iron Gate Dam to the Highway 96 bridge — 1,298 fish.

Sector two is from Highway 96 bridge downstream to the mouth of the Klamath River — 3,819 fish.

There is a sub-area closure at the mouth of the Klamath River when 15 percent of the Klamath Basin allocation has been harvested — 1,145 fish harvested below the Highway 101 bridge triggers this closure.

Trinity River

Sector three is designated from Old Lewiston Bridge to Highway 299 West Bridge at Cedar Flat — 1,260 fish.

Sector four is from Denny Road Bridge downstream to the confluence with the Klamath River — 1,260 fish.

More information is available on the 2019-2020 California Freshwater Sportfishing Regulations online and the 2019-2020 California Supplement Sport Fishing Regulations. Anglers can obtain information on Klamath Basin regulations and fall Chinook quota updates by calling the Klamath-Trinity fishing hotline at (800) 564-6479.

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