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Fishing the Klamath and Trinity rivers for fall-run chinook salmon isn't difficult -- you just have to know the rules. And there are a few.

The 2007 sport fishing regulations that govern the recreational keep of Klamath River fall-run chinook salmon, rainbow trout, steelhead and brown trout began June 21. The regulations were recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and approved by the California Fish and Game Commission. General area closures and gear restrictions will remain the same as last year. Anadromous waters of the Klamath River Basin are closed to fishing all year, except those listed below

Klamath and Trinity rivers chinook salmon seasons.

Klamath River from 3,500 feet downstream of the Iron Gate Dam to the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec. Open all year except no salmon over 22 inches may be retained from April 1 through Aug. 31.

Klamath River downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec to the mouth. Open all year.

Trinity River main stem from 250 feet downstream of the Lewiston Dam to Old Lewiston Bridge. Open April 1 through Sept. 15 with zero bag limit for trout and salmon. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used.

Trinity River main stem from the Old Lewiston Bridge to the Highway 299 West Bridge at Cedar Flat. Open all year.

Trinity River main stem from the Highway 299 West Bridge at Cedar Flat downstream to the Hawkins Bar Bridge. Open Dec. 1 to Aug. 31 and closed to all fishing from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

Trinity River main stem from the Hawkins Bar Bridge to the mouth of the South Fork Trinity River. Open all year.

Trinity River main stem from the mouth of the South Fork Trinity River downstream to the confluence with the Klamath River. Open all year except no salmon over 22 inches may be retained from April 1 through Aug. 31.

Klamath and Trinity rivers bag and possession limits.

The trout daily bag limit is one hatchery rainbow trout or one hatchery steelhead, and five brown trout.

No more than one hatchery rainbow trout or one hatchery steelhead may be possessed.

No more than 10 brown trout may be possessed.

The chinook salmon daily bag limit is three, of which no more than two can be over 22 inches when the take of salmon over 22 inches is allowed.

No more than four chinook salmon over 22 inches may be retained in any seven consecutive days when the take of salmon over 22 inches is allowed.

No more than 12 chinook salmon may be possessed, of which no more than four may be over 22 inches when the take of salmon over 22 inches is allowed.

The take of Klamath River fall-run chinook salmon is regulated using quotas. Accounting of the harvest is closely coordinated from Aug. 1 through Nov. 30 each year. The 2007 Klamath River Basin sport fishing quota is 10,600 fall-run chinook salmon over 22 inches. Department of Fish and Game officials will inform the public before implementing of any restrictions triggered by the quotas.

A DFG status report on progress toward the quotas for the various river sections is updated weekly, and available by calling 1-800-564-6479.

 
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