24th 2011
Latest From California DFG

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April 2011 Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Calendar



1 – Sport Abalone season opens north of San Francisco. For more information, please see

1 – Recreational lingcod season opens for all shore-based anglers and spear anglers in all Groundfish Management Areas.
The lingcod fishery is still closed for all boat-based anglers north of Point Conception (Santa Barbara County) to the California/Oregon border. For more information please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at

1 – First day of commercial pink shrimp season (trawling in federal waters only). More information at

2 – Snowy Plover Mud Stomp at Moss Landing Wildlife Area (Elkhorn Slough), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Help DFG, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory enhance habitat for snowy plover nesting. Free event, all are welcome, those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. RSVP required. Please visit or call (831) 728-2822 for more information.

5 – Last day to comment on NOAA proposal to extend the southern range of endangered Central California Coast Coho Salmon. Additional information at

6 – Quagga and Zebra Mussel Containment Training, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at San Luis Reservoir, 31426 Gonzaga Rd., Gustine (95322). Learn about aquatic invasive species, government monitoring and data collection methods, boat inspection and decontamination. Cost is $6 for lunch. For registration and information please contact Denis Poole, California State Parks at (209) 826-1197 or  

6 – Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee Meeting,
9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Port of Los Angeles, 425 South Palos Verdes St., San Pedro (90731). For more information please call (310) 519-3134 or e-mail

6 – Last day of American crow hunting season.

7 – Flyway Nights Lecture Series, 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters Building. Kate Mawdsley will discuss “Vernal Pool Flowers of the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area.” These lectures occur on the first Thursday of each month, November through April. A $5 donation per person or $10 per family is suggested at the door.  Topics are generally wetland-related and feature local issues relating to wetlands and/or avian species, ethnobotany, fish passage or local history. For more information please see

7-8 – California Fish and Game Commission meeting at the Beach Resort Monterey, La Grande Room, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey (93940). View or listen to Commission meetings in real time via Internet webcasting. More information at

9 – Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Walking Tour, 9 a.m. to noon. With an experienced field trip leader, view flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Look for seasonal migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. A $5 donation is requested. Meet in parking Lot A. Details at

13 – Native Plant Nursery Drop-in Day at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 9 to 11 a.m. Each month on the second Wednesday, the general public is invited to donate time to our greenhouse and shade house projects for a few hours. All are welcome, those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For details, please call (831) 728-2822 or visit

14 – San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon at the Port of Richmond Harbormasters Office, 1340 Marina Way South, Richmond (94804). More information at

16 – Clean-up and Field Day, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd, Gridley (95948). Have fun helping wildlife by doing light duty cleanup. Coffee, juice and breakfast snacks will be provided at 8 a.m. and a barbecue lunch will be available for $10. A raffle and silent auction will end the day around mid-afternoon. For more information, please contact the California Waterfowl Association (916) 648-1406, ext. 133 or e-mail

16 – Annual Spring Road Clean-up, 9 a.m. at Elkhorn Slough. Join Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and Monterey County to pick up trash and recyclables before they get into our waterways. Meet at Kirby Park at 9 a.m. For more information, please call (831) 728-2822 or visit, which includes a map to the site.

16-17 – Fishing in the Citys Learn-to-Fish Clinic in Vallejo, 8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Chabot (fishing until 11:30 a.m.). The 45-minute clinics teach the basics of fishing, including knots, casting, rigging, safety, ethics and preventing urban runoff. Each adult may bring up to two children. All equipment and tackle is available to participants and a driver license is required for rod loan. There is no charge for the clinics, but there may be a park entrance fee. Details at, or contact Ethan Rotman at (415) 892-0460 or

17 – Day at the Docks in San Diego, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at San Diego Sportfishing Landings in Point Loma. The West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing, signals the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. Marine attractions for the whole family, especially sportfishing enthusiasts. Details at

21 – California Fish and Game Commission Special Teleconference Meeting, 9:30 a.m. at the Resources Building, Fish and Game Commission Conference Room, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320, Sacramento (95814). View or listen to Commission meetings in real time via Internet webcasting. More information at

22-23 – North Coast abalone creel survey. Volunteers needed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help interview abalone fishermen at 10 popular fishing sites, from Shelter Cove (southern Humboldt County) to Fort Ross (Sonoma County). Some travel expenses may be covered. Contact Jerry Kashiwada (707) 964-5791 before April 15 for more information.

23 – Trout Season opens in the Sierra District, waters on the east side of the Sierras, and some other areas. For details, please see the California Freshwater Fishing Regulations for 2010-2011 at

29 – Deadline (5 p.m.) to submit public comments on the Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for the Suction Dredge Permitting Program (SCH #2009112005). The Draft SEIR and supporting documents are available at or upon request by calling (530) 225-2275. 

30 – CAST for Kids (1-18) at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free opportunity for disabled and disadvantaged children to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience, angling at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Each participating child will receive a fishing pole, tackle box, hat, shirt and plaque. Food and beverages will be provided for the participants and chaperones. Details are on the CAST website at To participate or volunteer please contact David Baker at (530) 846-2778.

30 – Last day of recreational Pismo clam season in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

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