Inland Trout Angling Regulation Simplification

Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration

link opens in new windowNotice of Completion: Initial Study/Negative Declaration for Proposed Simplification and Amendments to Statewide Inland Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Public comments due October 8, 2020


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
  5. Protect the resources

Proposed Changes

CDFW hosted a series of public meetings around the state in the spring of 2019 to provide information and seek input on the proposed changes to the trout fishing regulations. CDFW revised the proposed regulations based on this public input including social, economic and public safety concerns. See the table of revised regulation changes:

NOTE: Trout waters with no change to their current regulations are not included in this table.

Compare changes to our existing trout fishing regulations:

At this time, CDFW is not proposing any changes to the salmon and steelhead sport fishing regulations as part of the Regulation Simplification and Revision Project.

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 scheduled to submit the final regulatory package to the Fish and Game Commission (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. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Notice Hearing:
    June 24-25, Webinar/Teleconference
  • Discussion Hearing:
    August 19-20, Webinar/Teleconference
  • Adoption Hearing:
    October 14-15, Webinar/Teleconference

The formal public comment period will begin soon after the Notice Hearing, around July 1 and will end October 14, 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