Proposed Inland Trout Regulation Changes


Now is your chance to make your voice heard on CDFWs proposed inland trout regulation changes. If you have a favorite river or stream, check the below PDFs to see how regulations might change. Thanks to TUCA staff for providing these documents.

Northern California/Sierras


Southern California/West Slope

Eastern Sierra

Central and Northern California Coastal

CDFWs rationale for this effort is “to make [the regulations] easier to understand, and to better align regulations with management objectives on each water.” This goal seems worthy. However, the “management objectives” for specific waters are unclear.

In particular, the “Inland Trout Angling Regulation Simplification” proposal would open up several hundred fisheries to year-round angling and to remove restrictions on gear and harvest (5-fish daily limit) or extend the season for all-gear and harvest for some of these waters.

Initial feedback from anglers to CDFW also has questioned the proposed delay of the traditional opener (currently last weekend in April for most general season waters) to the Saturday preceding Memorial Day and to end the general season on September 30 (currently the season ends on November 15 for most general season waters).

Please note that these changes do not include anadromous waters.

To comment online

Please note that if you wish to comment on more than one water, you will need to submit multiple forms.

For more info

Visit CDFWs website for a full list of proposed changes:

Check out the blog post from TUCAs Sam Davidson:

To comment in person

Anglers also are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings being hosted by CDFW to review the proposed new regulations. The remaining meetings are:

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee