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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/22/2020 11:13 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/22/2020 11:13 PM
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California Department of Fish and Wildlife Delays Trout Season Openers in Three Counties

Sacramento, CA...As requested by county officials, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham delayed the start of the trout opener in Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties. The director made this decision in consultation with California Fish and Game Commission President Eric Sklar.  The trout season was scheduled to open in these three counties this Saturday, April 25. The delay to the opener in these counties expires May 31, 2020.




“After talking with the county representatives, we agreed this was a necessary step toward being responsive to local needs in this public health emergency,” said CDFW Director Bonham. “These counties asked for our help, and we responded.”

Specifically this means all waters in these three counties not currently open to fishing will remain closed to fishing until May 31. After local government coordination in Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties, CDFW is also making minor adjustments to bag and possession limits in waters that are currently open for fishing to protect and conserve the existing fisheries that may be affected by increased angling pressure or harvest. These modifications will also expire May 31. Pursuant to the emergency regulation approved by the Commission, CDFW will provide accurate information for the angling public online or by phone at (916) 445-7600.

Today’s decision does not affect the trout season in any other county.

Early this week, CDFW had discussions with county leadership regarding trout fishing, which typically draws a high tourism influx to these counties. Local officials are concerned that people traveling to these areas to fish would exacerbate the transmission of COVID-19 and put a strain on their healthcare systems. Further, all non-essential businesses in these counties including lodging, dining and camping options are closed in compliance with state and local public health officers’ orders.

On April 15, the California Fish and Game Commission authorized CDFW to temporarily delay, suspend or restrict recreational fishing if the director of CDFW, in consultation with the president of the Commission, finds that such action is necessary to protect against the threat from COVID-19 based on state, federal, local, and tribal public health guidance and public safety needs.

At the request of counties or tribes, CDFW will consider action to address needs regarding fishing seasons amongst the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a county or tribal representative with questions or would like to provide input on potential angling related delays or restrictions, please contact Roger Bloom, Acting Branch Chief, Fisheries Branch, by email at Roger.Bloom@wildlife.ca.gov.




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Posted on: 2020-04-23 06:08:07   By: Anonymous
 
Smart move

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    Posted on: 2020-04-23 08:43:02   By: Anonymous
     
    great, go buy a fishing license... then try to reach any lake , river or stream in California.. can’t get there. Locked out ,

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      Posted on: 2020-04-23 09:19:21   By: Anonymous
       
      That is the dumbest move that they could make. Nobody is going to contract the virus by fishing and if there were many people in the county there is a thing called physical distancing. This kind of crap has to stop.

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      Posted on: 2020-04-23 16:28:55   By: Anonymous
       
      That’s right, instead of canceling the trout opener, they will let you spend $50+ dollars on a fishing license and then fine you if you try to go to any river to fish!

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Posted on: 2020-04-24 04:05:03   By: Anonymous
 
Even if the "Opener" wasn't postponed, you wouldn't find a campground, hotel, motel or restaurant open...not to mention "the general stores". The fear and panic that the Media-liberals have CREATED should be remembered come election time.

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