Rockfish season is just around the corner. It opens March 1 to waters less than 360 feet. You might want to brush up on the regulations as they pertain to certain special bag limits and Total Length restrictions. Only one bocaccio may be taken and have a 10-inch Total Length; as with cabezon, only one fish can be caught 15-plus inches long. California sheephead must be 12 inches long and you can take 5 of them. Sculpin should be 10 inches long and have a 5-fish bag limit. Lingcod have to be 24 inches long with a bag limit of two fish per person. Lingcod is still closed and will not open until May 1. The 61st annual Fred Hall Fishing Tackle, Boat, and Travel Show will be held March 7-11 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. One of the largest consumer shows in the nation, there are hundreds of tackle, boat, and destination exhibitors along with over 400 seminars throughout the duration of the show. This year, the show has added a new hunting section with an impressive slate of hunting speakers, including Col. Craig Boddington, who will be giving a presentation daily. Show hours are 2-9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults, with kids 15 and under free with a paying adult. For information or directions, call (805) 389-3339 or go to www.fredhall.com. Get set for rockfish The above rockfish are measured using the California Fish and Game Regulation Total Length system. You measure the fish from the nose to the end of the tail and it’s called the Total Length. The other DFG measurement is from the nose to the beginning of the “fork” in the tail, not to the end of the tail and this is called the Fork Length method. Fork Length is used to measure yellowtail and bonita after the first 5 fish of any size have been caught and you are working on the next five to complete your 10-fish limit. Also, the fish must be lying flat and measured with the mouth closed. The bonita Fork Length, after the first five caught, is 24 inches and the yellowtail Fork Length is also 24 inches. Reports out of San Diego say that the water is warming early this year and maybe we have an El Nino developing. As yet though, the boat counts are showing nothing different than what has been going on for the last month. The Humboldt squid count did improve over the weekend and sportboats from Seaforth Landing are leaving daily at 4:30 a.m. for the giant squid. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for a show of the swimming calamari to get up here locally so we have a shot at them. I love pounded, breaded and fried calamari. Local landings slow The local landings are reporting a very slow week with a few yellowtail caught. The one exception was the Pursuit, which caught limits of yellowtail last Friday. The rest of the sportboats are catching the standard calico bass, sand bass, sculpin and thousands of sand dabs. Long Beach Sportfishing reports that Steve Yun of West Covina won last week’s $250 Pot of Gold prize with an 11.8-pound halibut. Don Ashley from Pierpoint Landing reports that the candy bait squid are thick at Catalina, Santa Monica Bay and the Channel Islands. He suspects that the yellowtail and the sea bass bite will pick up and continue through the summer. Even if the exotics don’t bite we fishermen will have plenty of ammunition. Normally I don’t get all excited about a fishing thing but at the moment I am more than excited about the surf fishing that has broken loose. The new outlet at Bolsa Chico State Beach is turning out limits of 2-pound barred perch for the surf guys. This looks like the “it can’t be better than this” time. To get there enter at the signal and drive south to the end of the parking lot. It’s really convenient with the parking lot and restrooms next to the jetty. Big Fish Tackle reports that the best bait for the bigger perch is ghost shrimp with mussels and Lug Worms to follow. They are also catching lots of corbina and spotfin croaker. Lake Wohlford sends word of some great fishing with many nice rainbows being taken. The best bait has been green power bait and inflated night crawlers. Top trout of the week goes to Art Ebitner of San Marcos with an 8.0-pound rainbow. Leticia Arballo of San Diego also caught a nice 7.8-pound rainbow. Each month’s Whopper Contest winners in 4 categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For further information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the Ranger Station at (760) 839-4346. Lake Irvine completed their Red, White and Blue Presidents Day contest last Saturday, Sunday and Monday with the following winners. Saturday, Mike Cee landed a 8.1-pound rainbow for a prize of $412. Sunday, Aaron Harper caught a 6.9-pound rainbow for $250 and Monday, Bill Husler landed a 6.0-pound rainbow to win. All the fish were caught on inflated night crawlers. Hunting seminar nears Turner’s Outdoorsman will be hosting a wild turkey hunting seminar and shotgun patterning event at Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Enterprises on Sunday, March 4. Seminar speakers will include Jimmy Rizzo of the Primos Pro Staff giving calling and hunting tips along with representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Fish and Game to provide information on where to hunt birds on public lands in San Bernardino and San Diego counties. For more information and to register, contact the Raahauges at (951) 735-7981. Of course everybody knows that the Spring Turkey season opens for 37 days on March 31. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!