While you can still fish for rockfish and other groundfish species, the sculpin or California scorpionfish will be closed on Saturday, November 15 at 12:01 AM and will remain closed until the end of the year.
The CDFW has projected, based on recent catch estimates, that the overall quota for the scorpionfish will be met before the end of the year.
This has prompted the early closure so that the 2014 quota of 117 metric tons is not exceeded. This will apply to both recreational and commercial anglers alike.
Any California scorpionfish that are caught should carefully and quickly be returned to the water to ensure their survival.
For more information, visit the CDFW site for details.
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