Commercial salmon season opens

Commercial fishers await the opening of the commercial salmon fishing season Tuesday afternoon in the waters off of Santa Cruz. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

The commercial salmon season opened early Wednesday from Pigeon Point (Half Moon Bay) to the U.S./Mexican border. Officials at the Santa Cruz Harbor reported that 26 boats headed out to sea in search of King Salmon on Wednesday.

Scores of fishing vessels have been anchored the past few days near the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz, some from Northern California and others from as far away as Oregon.

The sport salmon season opened April 15. Local fisherman Joe Tomasello said he has heard reports from sport fishers that the season thus far looks promising.

“I hear people are hitting their limits quickly,” he said. “That’s good news. Our limit in size is 27-inches; if they’re smaller, we have to throw them back. All of us are just hoping for a good season.”

Tomasello said that, in the past, a good haul for a commercial fisher per day was “a couple thousand pounds.” 

“Sports season started out with a bang,” he said. “Let’s just hope that goes for us as well.”

King salmon are native to the North Pacific Ocean. There are 13 species of Salmon, the most cherished being sockeye salmon of the Pacific Northwest.

Editor's Note: This article will publish in the May 3 edition of the Register-Pajaronian.


Video News
More In Local News