California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Inc., (CIFFI), is a volunteer operated, tax deductible 501 C3 non-profit foundation, incorporated in the State of California, dedicated to the enhancement of freshwater angling opportunities. The cooperative efforts between CIFFI and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and many partners, provide necessary funding to sustain multiple species of fish in California’s lakes and reservoirs. Founded in 1992, CIFFI is a success story in cooperative fishery management, beginning with Project Kokanee, and now providing assistance to many other projects.
Fisheries for NOW... and the Future!
It's Fishmas Time!
Opening day of the California trout fishing season is known by some as Fishmas — the most exciting day of the year for trout anglers. This is the day lakes and rivers, closed to fishing for the past several months, come alive with eager trout and ambitious anglers. Make sure you have your fishing license in hand before hitting the water.
2017 Trout Opener
The general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Given California's significant snowpack and associated run off, many rivers will be experiencing swift and cold water conditions which can be dangerous. CDFW reminds anglers to be cautious when fishing streams or rivers for the opener. Given the potential high water conditions, focusing on lakes and reservoirs may be the best bet for anglers. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions. Check the Regs before fishing.
Take the challenge!
By catching six different forms of California native trout from their historic drainages and photographing these fish you can receive a colorful, personalized certificate featuring the art of renowned fish illustrator Joseph Tomelleri. Your certificate will show six full-color images representing the trout you caught, along with the dates and locations. It is sized to fit in a standard 16" x 20" matted frame.
We welcome you to “take the Challenge,” explore new waters across the state, and appreciate the diverse recreational fishing opportunities California has to offer.
- California Heritage Trout Challenge Flyer and Application Form (PDF)
- Angler's Guide to the Heritage Trout Challenge (PDF)
From a communication from Kyle Murphy, DFW Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), CDFW received 1 million Kokanee eggs from Washington State's Whatcom Fish Hatchery in mid-January. These eggs are located at the Silverado Fisheries Base (SFB) and under quarantine. Fish will remain at SFB and planted from there in May.
Make sure you’re being respectful to others at the boat ramp this year.
If I were a betting man, I’d bet a bag of worms that you’ve uttered some not-so-pleasant words under your breath at the local boat ramp. It seems that these accesses are where common sense goes to die. It can be funny, but those chuckles quickly turn to frustration when you’re rushing to catch an early morning bite with a line of slow-moving trucks and boat trailers in front of you.
When I started dragging an old, beat-up boat, I made a lot of mistakes; so I’m not being cynical or preachy. I simply want to make sure everyone knows a few important, unwritten rules of boat ramp etiquette. I wish I had read something like this in my younger years.