Golden Gate Salmon Association Shares Salmon Season Opening Dates

Duxbury Reef - Marin County, CA (Marin County)

by Michael Coats
(858) 483-3771

Statement from Golden Gate Salmon Association President John McManus on the release of three fishing season options for both sport and commercial salmon fishing in 2019 from the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC).  
"The 2019 salmon season options are in and we are ready to go fishing. 

Pigeon Point and south, including Monterey Bay, will open for sport salmon fishing on April, 6, with SF and Fort Bragg cells just a week later on April 13. 
Folks up north in the Klamath Management Zone (from Eureka north) are expecting an earlier and longer season than last year as well.

Our commercial fishermen may be starting as early as May, 1 to provide those delicious Omega 3's for those of us who don't fish and for the foodies who simply love salmon.  No matter which season option is ultimately selected, the commercial fleet will have more time on the water this year, which is great for anyone who loves to eat California's most delicious, sustainable natural food.  

This is going to be a great salmon season because we had good rain in 2017 when this year's fish were babies exiting the Central Valley where they were born.  The heavy rain and snow runoff that spring provided the kind of flows needed to hide the baby salmon from predator fish and birds and speed their delivery to the ocean. This greatly boosted their survival. Everytime we get decent rains and runoff in the spring we get much better salmon survival which becomes apparent two years later when the salmon come back as big strong adults.  This season you'll hear and see a lot of Fish On!
The PFMC will reconvene in a month to finalize the times and areas open to salmon fishing off the California coast for 2019.  Inland fishermen and women who fish the Sacramento River, its tributaries, and the Mokelumne River, should all experience better fishing this season too. 

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