Inland Trout Angling Regulation Simplification


A comprehensive evaluation of the sport fishing regulations is underway. CDFW has worked to develop a process to revise sport fishing regulations guided by five tenets:

  1. Maintain or increase angling opportunity;
  2. Improve regulatory consistency across waters;
  3. Align sport fishing regulations with CDFW’s current fisheries management goals and objectives;
  4. Reduce complexity and confusion; and
  5. Protect the resources.

Proposed Changes

CDFW proposed a number of changes to trout fishing regulations in March, 2019. Public input was received through this web page and at town hall meetings. Public input on the proposed changes closed May 3, 2019. In January 2020, CDFW made revisions to the proposed trout regulations based on this public input including social, economic, and safety concerns. See the table of revised regulation changes:

Compare changes to our existing trout fishing regulations:

Past Meetings

CDFW hosted a series of statewide town-hall meetings to provide information to the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations.

The meetings focused on the following key areas:

  • Objectives of the new regulation framework and species management goals
  • Parameters of the regulation standardization and consolidation process
  • Review of specific proposed changes to regulations

CDFW personnel were available to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs, and ideas. All stakeholder input is being taken into consideration as a regulation simplification package is developed for formal public review through FGC.

Meetings were held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    Talman Pavilion, Tricounty Fairgrounds, 1234 Fair St., Bishop
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    Redding Library Community Room,1100 Parkview Ave., Redding
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
    Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
    Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee

Public Input Opportunity

CDFW is currently evaluating public input and working with local staff to assess and revise proposed changes to trout angling regulations based on feedback received, management objectives, and social and economic concerns.

CDFW will present the final draft regulation changes at the following Fish and Game Commission (FGC) subcommittee meetings:

Wildlife Resources Committee
January 16, 2020
Los Angeles

Wildlife Resources Committee
March 2020
Date, time, and location to be determined

CDFW is scheduled to submit the final regulatory package to the FGC in June 2020.The FGC will consider the proposed regulations and take public input at its meetings in June, August, and October of 2020. Additional information will be placed on this page as it becomes available. Visit the link opens in new windowFGC website to follow meeting dates and agendas.


Karen Mitchell
(916) 376-1917