Opening day of the California trout fishing season is known by some as Fishmas — the most exciting day of the year for trout anglers. This is the day lakes and rivers, closed to fishing for the past several months, come alive with eager trout and ambitious anglers. Make sure you have your fishing license in hand before hitting the water.
2017 Trout Opener
The general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Given California’s significant snowpack and associated run off, many rivers will be experiencing swift and cold water conditions which can be dangerous. CDFW reminds anglers to be cautious when fishing streams or rivers for the opener. Given the potential high water conditions, focusing on lakes and reservoirs may be the best bet for anglers. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions.
CDFW raises and plants millions of trout each year for the enjoyment of anglers. To view trout planting schedules, visit the fish planting website. The fish planting schedule is updated in real time, directly by CDFW hatchery staff.
The recreational rockfish, cabezon and greenling season opened for boat-based anglers on March 1 in the Southern Management Area. The season opened on April 1 in the Central Management Area and opens April 15 in the San Francisco Management Area. Anglers should check the regulations for their area before fishing, as there are important changes effective in 2017 — including the ability to retain a canary rockfish in the bag limit!
Regulations for California’s popular red abalone sport fishery have changed in 2017. Due to concerns about the declining population, the season will be shortened and the take limit reduced. The 2017 season will be shortened by two months, with the traditional opening date of April 1 now delayed until May 1. The fishery will also close a month earlier than usual, on Oct. 31. The annual limit is changing from 18 abalone to 12.
In light of the numerous record spotted bass being caught at New Bullards Bar Reservoir in Yuba County, CDFW has placed a certified scale at the Emerald Cove Marina as a courtesy to anglers pursuing state or world record fish. Scale use instructions are included but anglers are responsible for educating themselves on the complete record application processes and rules.
College of the Canyons sophomore Aly Grodell has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and All-State Teams, in addition to being named the Western State Conference, South Division Player of the Year to highlight the Cougars' haul of postseason accolades.
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency for its annual comprehensive financial report for FY 2020/21.
The California Highway Patrol will continue to provide free classes to assist and educate drivers age 65 and older, as well as promote safe travel for all, with the Keeping Everyone Safe grant funded by the Office of Traffic Safety.
The Utom Conservation Fund, a group of cultural and environmental organizations, has awarded $60,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students dedicated to the conservation of the Santa Clara River, also known as Utom.
Nearly a quarter of a million dollars will be available to graduating seniors in the William S. Hart District this year from the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation and applications are available this Thursday, Dec. 1 from their website, www.scvsf.org.
The California Department of Transportation has announced overnight closures of northbound Interstate 5
between State Route 14 and Calgrove Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 10 p.m - 4 a.m.
Consultants working on a new museum in the SCV Historical Society’s Pardee House are looking for the community’s opinion as they develop new exhibits and they want to reach out to as many people as possible with a brief survey.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose Fifth District includes the Santa Clarita Valley, issued the following statement Monday, reacting to California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s newly announced one-year moratorium on insurance non-renewals and cancellations for property owners within the recent Route Fire’s perimeter: