Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Trinity River, anglers will soon meet the quotas for both the Upper Trinity River and Lower Trinity River.
The Upper Trinity River quota will be met as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 24. This triggers the closure of the adult fall-run Chinook salmon fishery on the Trinity River from the Old Lewiston Bridge to the Highway 299 West Bridge at Cedar Flat.
The Lower Trinity River quota will be met as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. This triggers the closure of the adult fall-run Chinook salmon fishery on the Trinity River from the Denny Road Bridge at Hawkins Bar to the confluence with the Klamath River.
Both sectors will remain open for fishing and the harvest of jack (two-year-old) Chinook salmon less than or equal to 23 inches. All adult Chinook salmon caught must be immediately released and reported on the angler’s North Coast Salmon Report Card.
Following the closure of the Lower Trinity River sector, adult Chinook salmon harvest will be closed throughout the Klamath-Trinity basin. However, some subsectors may re-open if CDFW’s Iron Gate Fish Hatchery and/or Trinity River Hatchery reach egg take goals. Subsequent press releases will be issued should these re-openings take place.
Anglers may monitor the quota status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling the information hotline at (800) 564-6479.
For more information regarding Klamath River fishing regulations, please consult the 2021-2022 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.