The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has proposed an inland trout angling regulation simplification. In March and April of 2019 CDFW held six meetings to propose changes to trout regulations. Public input closed on May 3, 2019. In January 2020 CDFW posted the proposed trout regulations based on the public input the department received.
The proposed changes can be viewed at: Table of proposed changes to waters with special
fishing regulations (section 7.50) (PDF) https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=175721&inline. All waters not included in the special regulations fall under section 7.0 state wide regulations. This will be year round fishing with a five fish limit, and no restriction on method of take.
The proposed trout fishing regulation changes was scheduled to be presented to the Fish and Game
Commission at the Wildlife Resources Committee January 16, 2020 in Los Angeles and in
March, date, time and location to be announced. The Final regulatory package to the Fish and
Game Commission will be presented in June of 2020. For dates, times, and locations check the
FGC website https://fgc.ca.gov.
The Fish and Game Commission will consider the proposed regulations and take public input at
its meetings in June, August, and October. For dates, times, and locations check the FGC
This will be the final time for the public to have input on the proposed trout regulations. There
are lots of changes that will affect the trout fishing in the Eastern Sierra. This is the anglers final
chance to voice their opinions on the trout regulations in the Eastern Sierra.