Article 4. Salmon of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 6. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 4.
Except as modified by the director pursuant to Section
7652, salmon may be taken under authority of a commercial fishing
license and a commercial fishing salmon stamp only in Districts 6, 7,
10, 11, 16, 17, 18, and 19. All species of salmon, except silver
salmon, may be taken only between April 15 and September 30. Silver
salmon may be taken only between May 15 and September 30. No king
salmon may be possessed that is less than 26 inches in length and no
silver salmon may be possessed that is less than 22 inches. The
length of salmon is to be measured from the tip of the snout to the
extreme tip of the tail without resorting to any force other than
swinging or fanning the tail. Salmon may be taken for commercial
purposes only by hook and line and there is no bag limit.
During the period when salmon may not be taken for commercial
purposes in any district, salmon may be sold in that district only
under the regulations of the commission.
It is unlawful to take salmon for commercial purposes at the
mouth of Humboldt Bay in those portions of Districts 6 and 7 within
three nautical miles north and south of a line drawn due west for
three nautical miles from the center of the mouth of that bay.
Silver salmon may not be sold or possessed in, or transported
through, District 6, 7, 10, 11, 16, 17, or 18, during the time when
the taking of silver salmon for commercial purposes is unlawful in
Salmon may be sold subject to the exceptions and restrictions
contained in this article.
It is unlawful to gaff, club, otherwise injure, or possess
any king or silver salmon under the legal size.
Salmon may not be taken for commercial purposes in District 6
at the mouths of the Smith and Klamath Rivers within three nautical
miles north and south of a line drawn due west for three nautical
miles from the center of the mouth of each of those streams, or
during the months of August and September in District 7 at the mouth
of the Eel River within two nautical miles north and south of a line
drawn due west for two nautical miles from the center of the mouth of
(a) Notwithstanding any measurement requirements under this
code, and to implement the department's salmon tagging program, any
person in possession of a salmon with a missing adipose fin, the
small, fleshy fin on the back of the fish between the back fin and
the tail, upon request by an authorized agent or employee of the
department, shall immediately relinquish the head of the salmon to
the state, at no charge, for recovery of any coded-wire tag. The head
may be removed by the fish owner or, if removed by the official
department representative, the head shall be removed in a manner to
minimize loss of salmon flesh and the salmon shall immediately be
returned to the rightful owner.
(b) It is unlawful to intentionally conceal, cull, or release into
the waters, a salmon with a missing adipose fin that it is otherwise
legal to possess.