CDFW Delays Trout Season Openers

As much as it pains us, CDFW has delayed the start of the trout opener in Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties and on the Downie River in Sierra County as requested by county officials due to the public health concerns of COVID-19 and limited health care facilities in these counties. In addition, CDFW has temporarily postponed fishing on the North Fork Yuba River in Sierra County.

The trout season was scheduled to open in these counties tomorrow, Saturday, April 25. The delay to the opener extends through May 31, 2020.

Specifically, this means all waters in Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties not currently open to fishing will remain closed to fishing through May 31. 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. Additionally, fishing is now temporarily suspended on the North Fork Yuba River from Yuba Pass downstream to the confluence with Goodyears Creek and the trout opener on the main stem of the Downie River is delayed, both through May 31, 2020.

These decisions do not affect the trout season in any other county.

CDFW will provide accurate information for the angling public online or by phone at (916) 445-7600.

Although these delays and temporary restrictions will affect anglers in the near term, CDFW is committed to making sure those fisheries are ready for anglers once these emergency regulations are lifted. This includes our commitment to stocking fish so that anglers will have access to those fish and likely amazing fishing in the very near future!

Trout split release shot on the Bitterroot River. Photo Credit: Jessica Haydahl Richardson

Now more than ever, we understand the public’s need to enjoy the benefits of nature. Spending time in the outdoors is beneficial to our overall health and wellness, but it’s everyone’s responsibility to practice physical distancing and follow guidance from their local health authorities. This means staying local, avoiding crowded trails, parking lots, launch ramps, and campgrounds. If you find that your favorite fishing spot is crowded, do not risk your health and the health of others. Please remember all seasons, limits, licenses, private property restrictions, and other laws and regulations still apply. Be smart and stay safe.