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NORTH COAST SALMON CLOSURE LEAVES PLENTY OF ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES

 NORTH COAST SALMON CLOSURE LEAVES PLENTY OF ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite a closure of recreational salmon fishing along the north coast, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) said a bounty of other saltwater fishing opportunities await anglers in ocean waters of the closure area.
 Noting that salmon angling is a popular north coast pastime for many people, the DFG reminded anglers that a host of other fishing openings were unaffected by the closure and that many oceanside resorts, businesses and tackle shops in the area are geared to provide customers with some of the best angling experiences in the entire state.
 Rockfish, surf perch, ling cod, night smelt, cabezon, halibut, sandabs, flounders and sole are currently open along the north coast for adventuresome anglers. Diving or digging for abalone and other shellfish can produce the main ingredients for a good time and even better meal. Anglers looking for a change of pace can try their hand at shark fishing.
 Charter boats, privately owned and rental boats, pier fishing, surf casting and numerous coastal jetties provide ocean anglers with a myriad of ways to sample the bountiful north coast treasures of the briny deep. When the species approach the coastline in search of seasonal food, even albacore and tuna can give avid salmon enthusiasts a challenging run for the money.
 Closure notwithstanding, state marine fishery officials said the north coast area remains one of the most promising angling grounds to be fished.
 On July 20, 1992, the DFG, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stopped sport salmon fishing in coastal waters from Humbug Mountain in Oregon south to Horse Mountain, five miles north of Shelter Cove in California's southern Humboldt County. The action was triggered by ocean salmon recreational anglers reaching a 3,500-fish quota of king salmon imposed in the area.
 Less than a week earlier, DFG and NMFS closed recreational salmon fishing in the ocean from Horse Mountain south to Point Arena in southern Mendocino County, after anglers caught the 3,400 Chinook salmon quota in place for that portion of the California coast.
 The DFG reminded anglers that sport fishing for salmon between Horse Mountain and Humbug Mountain will reopen for a Sept. 1-7 season. Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena to the south, the season will reopen on Sept. 1 and run through Nov. 15.
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 /CONTACT: Lanny Clavecilla of the California Department of Fish and Game, 916-654-5776/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:


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