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April 2020 Fish, Wildlife Calendar Of Events Slated

There are events posted on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife calendar for April. However, officials issue a reminder that all calendar items are subject to change due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2 is celebrated as the 150th Anniversary of the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

April 4 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season opens from Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border. April 11 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season opens from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information on either season opener, visit the ocean salmon webpage at or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

April 14 — CDFW-OSPR California Oil Spill Study and Evaluation Program Monthly Seminar Series, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., “Dry Stream Channel Assessment.” CDFW-OSPR scientist Daniel Orr will present some of his research regarding injury assessment of dry streams. Online attendance is free. To join via Skype go to To join via phone dial (916) 210-1965, 94138#. For more information or to receive a calendar invite, email Bryand Duke at

April 15 — 2020-21 Hunting Items on Sale. Hunters can purchase 2020-21 hunting licenses, tags, validations and apply for the annual Big Game Drawing. Items may be purchased online or by phone at (800) 565-1458. Sales transactions for the Big Game Drawing applications must be completed before midnight on June 2, 2020. Contact a local CDFW license sales office for more information.

April 15-16 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, time to be determined, teleconference/webinar only. For more information, visit

April 25 – General Trout Opener. The general trout season opens one hour before sunrise on many waters throughout the state – including all streams, lakes and reservoirs in Inyo and Mono counties, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations portion of the 2020-2021 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations. Anglers are advised to check specific area and water regulations and opening dates.