Trail Mix for April 2: Recreational groundfish season opens along Central Coast

Groundfish season opens on Central Coast

It’s time to catch a fat lingcod.

Recreational groundfishing season for boat-based anglers opened Wednesday along California’s Central Coast, which includes everything from Pigeon Point (San Mateo County) south to Point Conception (Santa Barbara County.)

Groundfish, as defined by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, lumps together dozens of species of rockfish, a dozen varieties of flatfish and roundfish including lingcod and cabezon.

Closest to Fresno are harbors in San Luis Obispo County. Based out of Port San Luis, Patriot Sportfishing offers eight-hour rockfishing trips for $68 (adults) and $50 for children 15 and under. In Morro Bay, Virg’s Landing offers eight-hour trips for $69 (adults) and $36 for children (Monday through Thursday).

Changes to the current rockfish regulations include: raising the daily bag limit of lingcod from two fish to three; establishing a sub-bag limit of five black rockfish within the 10-fish rockfish, cabezon, greenling (RCG) complex bag limit; and setting a statewide closure on California scorpionfish from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

Take and possession of bronzespotted rockfish, canary rockfish, cowcod and yelloweye rockfish remain prohibited.

For full regulations, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/



Paddle-and-Pull at

Sycamore Island

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Sycamore Island Park, 39664 Avenue 71/2, Madera

Get on the San Joaquin River and help the environment at the same time. What can top that? After a short orientation on canoeing and a few practice stokes on a pond, you’ll paddle over to an island in the river channel and help remove invasive seedlings.

Participants should be ages 12 and up, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Preregistration is required at www.riverparkway.org.

Details: (559) 248-8480.

News & notes

• Explore the McKenzie Preserve at your leisure April 11 during the annual open house hosted by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. There is a $2 parking fee. Details:



• The 15th annual Walking for Prader-Willi Syndrome, hosted by Paula and Mike Watney, is April 18 at Dry Creek Park in Clovis. Register at



• The road to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park is scheduled to open April 24.

— The Fresno Bee