The California Fish and Game Commission will be meeting next week for the second time as part of the inland trout fishing regulation simplification process. Friday, August 14th is the last day to submit comments by email to be considered during the meeting.
CalTrout has submitted a comment letter outlining our recommendations. In the letter, we advocate for a balanced approach to increasing the opportunities for anglers to get on the water while also protecting native trout species and sensitive wild trout fisheries.
We hope you will join us in advocating for these specific wild trout fisheries in our letter. If you wish to weigh in, here are two ways to submit comments:
Our latest article titled “California Fishing Regulations – Seeking a Balanced Approach” in The Current lays out our timeline, process overview, outcomes assessment, and shares our rationale for continuing to engage in this effort. It also outlines the opportunities for continuing public input in the process.
Check back on our website for more updates on the upcoming meetings.
I love the idea of simplifying fishing regulations in California and providing everyone angling opportunities. But there are certain waters that I believe need special protection.
The Truckee River is a special fishery with trophy trout in quantities that most water ways do not. I think this whole river should be catch and release and barbless Artificial Lures all year long with no exceptions.
The East Carson River is also a special water way and has some of the best trout fishing in the state. This I believe should remain catch and release barbless hooks only downstream from hangman’s bridge.
Upper Sacramento River I believe should be 2 fish limit, barbless artificial lures all year long to allow for harvest but still protect spawning fish.
The East Walker River is also a trophy trout river like the Truckee and I believe it should be catch and release only, barbless artificial lures all year long.
The Mokelumne River I believe should be catch and release all year long with barbless artificial lures from highway 49 Bridge downstream to lake Pardee at Middle Bar Bridge. This allows for easy access and harvest still allowed at middle Bar Bridge.
Thank you for your consideration