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California Department of Fish and Game

Kings River Warden Patrol Fund

Click here for information on the Frank P. Jones Memorial Warden Patrol Fund BBQ & Fundraiser held in January.

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Modeled after a successful program implemented on the Kern River in 1995 to stop trout poaching, and named in memory of the Honorable Franklin P. Jones and his love for fly fishing and the great outdoors, this dedicated funding stream allows anyone and everyone--including you--to make a tax deductible donation to Kings River Conservancy that will be forwarded 100% through the Conservancy to the California Department of Fish and Game to fund extra Game Warden Patrols exclusively along the Kings River. This helps minimize ever-growing trout poaching pressure and ensures the continued success of the Kings River Fisheries programs.


Introduced during our Moonlight Over the River event in 2009, and with your help, we are happy to report that over $114,000 in donations has been directed to the California Department of Fish and Game for the Enforcement Fund. In 2011 we received some of our best news yet in support of this program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ted Martin Family, donations continue to also support insuring that the program will be consistently funded each year.


It's easy and fun to contribute. Every time you see a game warden patrolling near the river you get the satisfaction of knowing your generosity is helping protect the Kings River Fisheries programs.

Call our office for more details or simply make a donation noting your desire to help put game wardens on the Kings and we will do the rest. Remember, 100% of your tax deductible donation will be forwarded to the Department of Fish and Game. It's that easy! And the fishing is always good.


The annual Frank Jones Memorial Enforcement Fund Barbecue and Fundraiser is held in January. It's a time to get out and enjoy an afternoon at the river with some great food for a good cause. The event is held in partnership with Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation with the generous donations and support every year from their members.


Nathan Smith is the wildlife officer with the Department of Fish and Wildlife who has been assigned to the Kings River Watershed!  Nathan graduated from Cal Poly in 2011 with a Master's Degree in Forestry Science.  After working as a state park ranger for a few years, he became a wildlife officer in 2018.


"I have a lifelong passion for the outdoors enjoying fly fishing, bird hunting, and horse packing in the Sierras," said Nathan.  "Now, even more importantly, I am thrilled to be teaching my own family to enjoy our beautiful outdoors as well as work for an agency that has a mission that aligns exactly with not only my recreational passions, but my professional background as well."

Nathan said he is "happy to work with the constituents of the Kings River to build a long-lasting and positive professional relationship.  I look forward to working together to maintain, and when possible, improve the fishery, and encourage people from all walks of life to fish and hunt, as I have been so fortunate to enjoy.  The Kings River is, and should be, a place where diverse populations can recreate side by side, so long as regulations are followed."

"These patrols will be focused on the special regulations sections of the Kings River in an effort to maintain the fishery and to ensure compliance with regulations.  We have many great wildlife officers working the Kings River thanks to the support of KRC."

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