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Inland Trout Angling Regulation Simplification

Background

A comprehensive evaluation of the sport fishing regulations is underway. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (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 the Department’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. CDFW is currently reviewing public input and revising the proposed changes. When a new package is developed it will be placed here for public review. The table of proposed changes that was available for public input can be viewed here:

link opens in new windowTable of proposed changes to waters with special fishing regulations (section 7.50) (PDF)

Compare changes to our existing trout fishing regulations:

link opens in new windowCalifornia Freshwater Sport fishing Regulations, 2019-2020 (PDF)

The next opportunity for public review of a revised package will be available through the California Fish and Game Commission. This will begin in August and end December, 2019. Additional information will be placed here as it becomes available. Visit the link opens in new windowFish and Game Commission website to follow meeting dates and agendas.

Past Meetings

The Department 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

Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 the California Fish and Game Commission.

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

The regulation simplification package is currently being revised based on public input. Public review of a revised package will begin in August through the link opens in new windowCalifornia Fish and Game Commission.