Low Flow Restrictions


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ARTICLE 4. SUPPLEMENTAL

REGULATIONS
8.00 . LOW-FLOW RESTRICTIONS.
(a) Eel River, Mad River, Mattole River, Redwood Creek, Smith River and Van Duzen River. Stream closures: Special Low Flow Conditions.

From September 1 for the Mad River only and October 1 for all other streams through January 31, any of the stream reaches listed in subsection (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Tuesday and Wednesday when the department
determines that the flow on the previous Monday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed
to all angling on Thursday and Friday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Wednesday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) though (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling from Saturday through Monday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Friday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7). Notwithstanding this provision, the department may close or keep a stream reach closed
to fishing when the minimum flow is exceeded on the scheduled flow determination day if the department is reasonably assured that the stream flow is likely to decrease below the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 before or on the next flow-determination date. In addition, the department may reopen a stream at any time during a closed period if the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 is exceeded and the department is reasonably assured that it will remain above the minimum flow until the next scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday flow determination. The department shall make
information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream.
(1) The main stem Eel River from the paved junction of Fulmor Road with the Eel River to the South Fork Eel River.
Minimum Flow: 350 cfs at the gauging station near Scotia.
(2) The South Fork of the Eel River downstream from Rattlesnake Creek and the Middle Fork Eel
River downstream from the Bar Creek. Minimum Flow: 340 cfs at the gauging station at Miranda.
(3) Van Duzen River: The main stem Van Duzen River from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge).
Minimum Flow: 150 cfs at the gauging station near Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park.
(4) Mad River: The main stem Mad River from the Hammond Trail Railroad Trestle to Cowan Creek. Minimum Flow: 200 cfs at the gauging station at the Highway 299 bridge.
(5) Mattole River: The main stem of the Mattole River from the mouth to Honeydew Creek.
Minimum Flow: 320 cfs at the gauging station at Petrolia.
(6) Redwood Creek: The main stem of Redwood Creek from the mouth to its confluence with
Bond Creek. Minimum Flow: 300 cfs at the gauging station near the Highway 101 bridge.
(7) Smith River: The main stem Smith River from the mouth of Rowdy Creek to the mouth of Patrick Creek (tributary of the Middle Fork Smith River); the South Fork Smith River from the mouth upstream approximately 1000 feet to the County Road (George Tyron) bridge and Craigs Creek to its confluence with Jones Creek; and the North Fork Smith River from the mouth
to its confluence with Stony Creek. Minimum Flow: 600 cfs at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park gauging station.

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