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King Range National Conservation Area: Fishing

All fresh water streams within the King Range NCA are closed to fishing (except for part of the Mattole River) to protect steelhead trout and salmon.

Fishing Regulations for the Mattole River 

             Area or Body of Water                                      Open Season                               Bag Limit

Mattole River main stem from mouth to 200 yards upstream.

 

Closed to all fishing all year.

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Mattole River main stem from 200 yards upstream of mouth to confluence with Stansberry Creek.

 

Jan. 1 through Mar. 31.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

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Mattole River main stem from confluence with Stansberry Creek to confluence with Honeydew Creek.

Jan. 1 through Mar. 31 and Fourth Saturday in May through Aug. 31.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

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Contact the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife for more information at 530-225-2300 or 916-445-0411.

 

The streams of the King Range NCA are closed to fishing, yet you can fish in the ocean along some sections of the coast. Take of all living marine resources is prohibited in Sea Lion Gulch State Marine Reserve. In Big Flat State Marine Conservation Area, recreational take of salmon by trolling and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand is allowed. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear and Dungeness crab is allowed. Listed federally recognized tribes are exempt from regulations.

 

Please visit CA Department of Fish & Wildlife's website for detailed boundary coordinates and additional information: www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa