An urgent regulation closing 5.5 miles or 8.8 kilometers of spawning habitat above the city of Redding on the Upper Sacramento River went into effect as on April 27, 2015.
The Office of Administrative Law approved and paid heed to the recommendation by the state Fish and Game Commission to extending the radius further, closing more than five miles of the Sacramento River to fishing on 24th April 2015.
Better and effective measures of protection were also included in the ocean sport and commercial fisheries regulation for the season of the current year 2015.
The emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam.
The emergency regulation abandons fishing on the radius stretched to a distance of 5.5 miles on the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam. At present, the area is closed to salmon fishing but was open to fishing a different variety, the trout. The closure will protect critical spawning habitat and eradicate any incidental stress or hooking mortality of the winter-run salmon by anglers.
It is highly unusual for a state to propose even stricter guidelines on a listed species than required by the federal Endangered Species Act. However, CDFW scientists believe the additional protection provided in the emergency river closure and additional ocean fishing restrictions will help a significant segment of the winter-run population to avoid losses.