Kings River Poaching

Now that fishing is good in the Lower Kings River poaching has increased dramatically.  Much of the reported poaching occurs behind Avocado and below Cobbles.  I routinely find empty power bait jars and worm containers in the “Catch and Release” section.  Regulations in that section require single barbless hooks using flies or artificial lures.
 
Club members who witness poaching are asked to report it.
 
If you witness a poaching or polluting incident or any fish and wildlife violation, or have information about such a violation, immediately dial the toll free CalTIP number 1 888 334-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
Or you may submit anonymous tips to CDFW using tip411. tip411 an internet based tool from CitizenObserver.com that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to wildlife officers and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation.  Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to CDFW by texting "CALTIP", followed by a space and the message, to 847411 (tip411).
 
Or download the free CALTIP smartphone App which operates similarly to tip411 by creating an anonymous two-way conversation with wildlife officers to report wildlife and pollution violations.  The CALTIP App can be downloaded for free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.  With this App you may easily send photos of the incident.
 
Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the suspect, vehicle description, direction of travel, license number, type of violation and when and where it occurred. You do not have to give your name.
 
Information from the call is relayed to the CDFW region where the offense occurred and an investigation is undertaken locally.  If the information supplied by the caller results in an arrest the caller becomes eligible for a reward.  (Rewards up to $1,000 have been paid.)  The case is then reviewed by a volunteer citizen's group known as the "CalTIP Rewards Committee".
 
 
Best wishes,
 
Paul M. Honkavaara