DFW seeks public comments on proposed changes to trout season

Possible new regulations will be presented across the state; the only SoCal meeting is in Rancho Cucamonga.

STATEWIDE—Public meetings to discuss possible changes to California’s trout season and fishing regulations are already underway, with the first of six meetings held across the state already held.

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, or DFW, announced it early March it would host a half-dozen public meetings, in various cities, to update anglers on proposed changes to trout fishing regulations and seek the public’s input on potential statewide regulation changes.

“The California Fish and Game Commission directed our department to make the regulations and seasons more simple and easy to understand, while continuing to protect and manage the state’s trout resources,” Roger Bloom, DFW’s Inland Fisheries Program Manager, said in a released statement. “We look forward to explaining how these new changes came about, and how they could be implemented.”

DFW staff stated the meetings would focus on these key areas: objectives of the proposed regulations; species management goals; consolidation of process; parameters of standardized regulations; and, a review of proposed regulation changes.

“[DFW] personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas,” a statement issued by DFW staff read. “All stakeholder input will be taken into consideration as a regulation simplification package is developed for formal public review through the California Fish and Game Commission.”

The first meeting was already held on March 20 in Bishop. The only public meeting in Southern California will be held on April 6, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga (7777 Victoria Gardens Lane).

Meetings will also be held at the following locations:

  • March 27, Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Avenue, Redding (6-8 p.m.)
  • April 3, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno (6-8 p.m.)
  • April 10, Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento (6-8 p.m.)
  • April 23, 2019, Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee (6-8 p.m.).

All meetings are in-person only. Conference calls or webcast options are not available for any of the meetings.

Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/trout-plan for more information.

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