Recreational fishermen will get their first chance to catch salmon along the California Coast as far as southern Humboldt County on April 6, the Pacific Fishery Management Council decided Monday.
The season for commercial fishermen will open south of Point Arena on May 1.
The dates for the recreational season from Humboldt County north and commercial fishing north of Point Arena are expected to be released later today.
Exact details of the season, including size limits and possible blackout dates to protect certain species, are still under discussion, said Zeke Grader, vice chairman of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, who attended the meeting today in Tacoma, Wash.
The dates for the seasons are modest good news, Grader said, since they are roughly the same as last year. Early projections for the 2013 season, released last month, suggest that populations for most kinds of salmon are holding steady or even improving after the huge crash of the fall Chinook population in 2007 that led to a complete closure of salmon fishing for two years.