Fish and Game reconsidering salmon catch-and-release |

Fish and Game reconsidering salmon catch-and-release

Anglers can’t keep any salmon or steelhead trout caught from the Yuba River; it’s catch-and-release-only under new fishing regulations.

But if you want that to change – or you don’t – now’s the time to submit written comments.

In an unusual move, the State Fish and Game Commission will reconsider the recently adopted catch-and-release-only rule, which is drawing fire from Marysville-area business interests as potentially damaging to recreation and tourism.

The commission will re-vote on the issue on June 20, and could allow anglers to harvest up to two salmon a day below Daguerre Point Dam between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 and Aug. 1 and Oct. 15.

“The public in the local area may have been misinformed and/or confused,” said a letter the commission sent to interested parties. “Some anglers thought they would retain the opportunity to harvest salmon during at least a portion of the year.”

The commission seeks written comments. Interested parties also can address the commission at 10:30 a.m. June 20 at its meeting in South Lake Tahoe at the Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort, 3535 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Catch-and-release-only was part of a package of new Yuba regulations, which also eliminated the use of bait, such as salmon eggs, in favor of artificial lures. Fish tend to swallow bait, which can kill them.

The idea was to protect the Yuba’s spring-run chinook and steelhead trout, both of which are listed as “threatened” on the federal endangered species list.

Only 108 spring run chinook were counted getting past Daguerre Point Dam this past season.

However, fall-run chinook are doing much better. About 13,000 fall-run chinook return each year to the Yuba.

But state some biologists were concerned that under the catch-and-keep alternative, anglers might catch inadvertently catch spring-run chinook.

The Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce campaigned to get the commission to re-look at the rule.

In a related matter, the recently printed sportfishing regulation handbook was misprinted to say anglers can catch and keep salmon below Daguerre Point Dam.

Want to comment on the Yuba’s catch-and-release-only salmon rule, which may be withdrawn?

Write John M. Duffy, Assistant Executive Director, Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth St., Box 944209, Sacramento 94244-2090. Or e-mail

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