For the first time in two years, recreational fishermen can get their salmon fix. But they won't have long to haul in their prize catch.
The state's salmon season opened Saturday -- for recreational anglers only. The season runs until April 30 for the waters just south of Humboldt County all the way down to the California-Mexico border. Next week, fishery managers will decide on restrictions for this year's catch. They could cut the season short.
Commercial salmon fishing is not permitted this year.
Limitations and restrictions vary depending on salmon species. Chinook salmon, for example, must meet the size limit for the zone where they are caught, and coho salmon must be released unharmed no matter what size. General regulations limit fishermen to catching two salmon per day, with a minimum size limit of 20 inches in length.
Salmon fishing has been banned the past two years because so few returning salmon are showing up in the Sacramento River.