Season openers, virtual events and learning opportunities are all on the calendar for July, offered through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
All calendar items are subject to change as the department navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.
Various Days — Sign Up for Environmental Response to Oil Spills (EROS) Course. This free three-day course will be held Oct. 13-15, 2020 at the Granite Bay Activity Center in Granite Bay. It is provided to new oil spill responders and consists of demonstrations, lectures by experienced response personnel, case studies and interactive field trips. Applications are due Aug. 1. For more information and to register, contact Lea Gibson at (916) 215-5581 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, contact information and oil spill response role.
1 — Recreational Chinook Salmon Season opened on portions of Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Emergency fishing regulations for the spring Chinook salmon fishery in the Klamath River Basin have been extended. The spring Chinook salmon fishery on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River) run through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River. The daily bag limit has been set to one Chinook salmon (no size restrictions), and the possession limit set at two Chinook salmon. See the 2020-2021 California Freshwater Sportfishing Regulations and 2020-2021 California Supplement Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.
1 — General Season for rabbits and varying hare opened statewide (Extending through Jan. 31, 2021). For more information on small game seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
4 — Free Fishing Day. One of two Free Fishing Days being offered by CDFW in 2020 is scheduled July 4 (the other is Sept. 5). While all fishing regulations – such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures – remain in effect, anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license on Free Fishing Days. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.
4 — Weaving Yesterday’s History Series virtual event, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reserve naturalists and historians will host a Facebook Live series exploring the cultural heritage of Elkhorn Slough. Held on the first Saturday of every month, each event features the backstory on a different location around the slough. Visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/weaving-yesterdays-a-live-history-series to view the series’ schedule and find recordings of previous installments.
9 — California Wildlife Conservation Board stream flow enhancement program proposal solicitation notice opens. Program priorities include enhancing flow in streams that support anadromous fish, supporting special status species and providing resilience to climate change. Visit wcb.ca.gov/programs/stream-flow-enhancement for more information.
24 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access permit application deadline for elk hunting opportunities. An $11.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
29 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined. This meeting was originally planned to take place in San Clemente but is expected to be held via webinar/teleconference due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. For more information, visit fgc.ca.gov.
30 — Last day of Dungeness Crab sport fishing season in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/crabs.
31 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program 2020 proposal solicitation notice closes, 5 p.m. Visit wcb.ca.gov/programs/lower-american-river for more information.