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DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME ANNOUNCES SIZE LIMIT ON KLAMATH RIVER CHINOOK SALMON

 DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME ANNOUNCES SIZE LIMIT
 ON KLAMATH RIVER CHINOOK SALMON
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game announced today that after Oct. 8, 1992, it will be illegal for anglers to keep any chinook salmon measuring greater than 22 inches in length caught in the Klamath River from its mouth to the falls at Coon Creek.
 The size restrictions -- imposed to preserve an equitable number of adult chinooks for upstream anglers -- will apply to the entire Klamath River basin, including the Trinity River, effective Nov. 5, 1992.
 Fisheries managers estimate that by Oct. 8, the sport take of adult chinook in the Klamath, below the falls at Coon Creek, will exceed 50 percent of the number of fish allowed. The authorized 1992 Klamath River basin sport catch was set at 820 fish. State Fish and Game Commission regulations require that when 50 percent (410 fish) are caught below the falls at Coon Creek, no adult chinook will be taken in that area.
 The bag limit of three chinook salmon remains the same -- but fish must be under 22 inches in length. Limits on coho salmon and steelhead salmon remain unchanged.
 The 1992 sport harvest quota reductions were necessary to be consistent with the limits set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and to assure that enough adult chinook salmon survive to spawn.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser or Lanny Clavecilla of public affairs at the California Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:


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