Just returned from a week of fishing on the Russian River, and noticed that quite a few anglers were confused about the per day and possession limits.
Several folks were unclear and asked me to clarify the regulation. Meanwhile those working the "night shift" were often observed loading their stringers with double limits as the first set was caught before midnight and the second was hauled in after.
It's my understanding that the first day's limit must be removed from the field before a second batch may be retained. However, it's apparent that a number of fishermen have a different interpretation. They justify their actions by stating that F&G recently increased the possession limit to accommodate the "all night flippers."
Just reviewed the regulation booklet and couldn't find a reference that specifically addresses this issue. What's the intent and application of the rule?
In the case where the possession limit is more than the daily limit (often double), those fish can be in possession on a stringer, in a cooler, etc. It is perfectly legal to have yesterday's limit on the stringer while fishing for today's limit if in such an area. A fish remains in one's possession until it has been consumed or preserved in a manner such as freezing, canning, or smoking.
This also happens routinely on halibut boats.
Originally Posted by Brian M
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Appreciate the clarification!