California Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Agency: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Address: 1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, 95814 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: (916) 445-0411

California Department of Fish and Wildlife is located at 1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, 95814 CA. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife phone number is (916) 445-0411.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife News

Starting the egg taking process

Nimbus Ladder this morning!

Live from Nimbus Hatchery — the fish ladder opened at 10:30 a.m.!

#BatWeek Want to help bats thrive? Join a stream clean up or invasive plant pull. Parks, forests, refuges, and monuments need your help to battle invasive plants and to keep habitats clean and green. Check with your favorite local green space for opportunities to participate. Townsend’s big-eared bat photo courtesy of the National Park Service

CDFW Director Chuck Bonham was happy to speak today at an event signaling the finalization of the Yolo Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP), a 50-year permit that covers the entirety of Yolo County and will conserve more than 32,000 acres of habitat for 12 covered species, including Swainson’s hawk, giant garter snake, tricolored blackbird, burrowing owl, and more! The Yolo NCCP/HCP is the first NCCP to rely heavily on conserving working landscapes (primarily agriculture) to meet species conservation and agriculture needs in the county.

A 75-80 pound male mountain lion was released in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 after its capture in Pleasanton the evening before. Wildlife officers placed it in a small depression in the ground to protect it from the cold and wind and monitored it until for several hours until it fully awoke from the immobilization drugs. At about 1:45 a.m., the lion wandered off on its own. Thanks to all staff and agencies involved in the successful capture. The exact location of the release site will not be disclosed in order to maximize the mountain lion’s chances of successfully re-integrating into the wild.

What's going on in November? Sandhill Crane tours, the opening of the Nimbus fish ladder, a volunteer opportunity, 2019 fishing licenses become available for purchase, and lots more ... including openers, openers and more openers!

Each October, conditions permitting, CDFW staff and volunteers from the California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Inc. and Kokanee Power descend on the Little Truckee River and get to work on the annual Kokanee Egg Take. Using seine nets and electrofishing techniques, they corral and capture adult Kokanee Salmon. Staff and volunteers then collect eggs and milt, adding them together in specific ratios to complete the spawning process. This year's effort set a one-day egg take record of 1.5 million eggs.

A stretch of the Klamath River will reopen to adult Chinook Salmon harvest on Monday.

The Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan will be finalized soon. Why is the Yolo HCP/NCCP a big deal? It keeps control local, granting the Yolo Habitat Conservancy authority under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts. By streamlining the permitting process, more habitat will be conserved for 12 special status species! #YoloHC! #LocalControl

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, teams of researchers, students, and volunteers gathered along the muddy banks of CDFW’s Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Monterey County to release tens of thousands of juvenile Olympia oysters into the wild. The young oysters were set out carefully upon clam shells bound together and staked into makeshift oyster reefs to bolster the native population, which has plummeted in Elkhorn Slough as it has in many places along the California coast. The youngsters are believed to be the first new generation of oysters at Elkhorn Slough since 2012 and the high numbers will significantly increase the population size. The juvenile oysters were born and raised in a laboratory where scientists – for the first time in California history – are using commercial shellfish farming techniques to help restore wild populations of native oysters. The young oysters will be monitored closely to see how they fare in the wild.

The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova will open Friday, Nov. 2.

Earlier this month, CDFW Director Chuck Bonham spoke along with Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Deputy Director of State Parks Liz McGuirk at a ceremony dedicating a portion of the bike trail at the Benicia State Recreation Area to Mike Taugher, a longtime environmental reporter and former CDFW colleague. Mike passed away in 2013 while on vacation with his family in Maui. CDFW was honored to be a part of this special ceremony.

CDFW's Director Charlton H. Bonham has enacted a delay of the opening of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery in state waters from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County, north to the California/Oregon state line, due to unhealthy levels of domoic acid. The recreational fishery for Dungeness crab will open for remaining areas on Saturday, Nov. 3.

In this week's California Outdoors Q&A column: Would it be legal to start an alligator farm in California? Is it legal to fish for salmon in the Delta?

CDFW proudly supports the Yolo Habitat Conservancy, responsible for implementing the Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan to protect 12 species and over 32,000 acres of land over the next 50 years! #LocalControl #YoloHC

Based upon CDFW projections of the recreational fall Chinook Salmon catch on the Trinity River, anglers will meet the Upper Trinity River adult fall Chinook Salmon quota below Old Lewiston Bridge for the 2018 season as of 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2018.

It's Bat Week!

Since September, CDFW fisheries biologists have been spawning spring-run Chinook Salmon broodstock in the shadow of Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River. So far this season, CDFW staffers anticipate producing about 300,000 eggs. It’s all part of an unprecedented, multiagency effort to restore an extinct, spring-run Chinook Salmon run to the San Joaquin River that is happening alongside river restoration efforts to make the river more salmon-friendly for a fish listed as threatened under both the state and federal Endangered Species Act.

It’s Wednesday! Is that too early to start making plans for the weekend? How about spending a relaxing day at Ten Mile State Marine Reserve and Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area, watching seabirds, walking or tidepooling? Check out these gorgeous photos and learn more about this picturesque section of coastline north of Fort Bragg.

Our apprentice pheasant hunts -- free to apply for and participate in -- are designed for new hunters, youth hunters, women hunters, mobility-impaired hunters, families and others with limited experience or opportunity to hunt. Application deadlines fast approaching.

Over the last 10 months, CDFW has brought 5 unrelated, orphaned mountain lion cubs to the Oakland Zoo for rehabilitation. These latest two, which will be moved to a permanent facility soon due to their young age, seem to be bonding well and thriving under veterinary care.

Wildfires are a management concern on any wildlife area or ecological reserve, but on properties that include peatlands (a layer of partially decayed vegetation that accumulates on the ground surface), fires can smolder for weeks or even months. These photos of Grizzly Island Wildlife Area’s Joice Island Unit, provided by CDFW environmental scientists Laureen Thompson and Larry Wyckoff, show a slow burn at work. The fire here began Oct. 7 and peat soils are still smoldering after nearly two weeks. Water control structures have been destroyed and levee damage is significant in some places. Wyckoff, the WLA manager, says that that hunting season will likely open as scheduled on the first Sunday in December, but quotas for the area could be lowered for the Joice Island Unit. Please exercise caution and visit CDFW’s Grizzly Island webpage for up-to-date information.

Due to recent natural events, the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wister Unit has recently experienced water-delivery delays that have resulted in the wildlife area receiving less than the amount of water needed to fully flood the waterfowl area.