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Since the club’s founding back in 1966, conserving the fisheries has been one of the club’s three original goals. Past efforts include the protection of trout species linked to steelhead that live in the San Gabriel Mountain Rivers and the support of the West Fork San Gabriel River Conservancy that focused on the overall health of the West Fork San Gabriel River. Today over 50 years later, Fly Fishers Club of Orange County is still dedicated to the conservation of local fisheries. Today we support and volunteer our time with conservation-based organizations, such as California Trout, Trout Unlimited and the Nature Conservancy.  Also, we are engaged with the Southwest Council Fly Fishers International supporting the establishment of a Southwest Council FFI Conservation Committee in an effort to sustain our sport.




Current Conservation Events



The following information was created by Jessica Strickland/CA Public Lands Restoration Manager-Trout Unlimited,

 

·         As many of you have heard, CDFW has been talking about simplifying their state trout regulations for the last couple of years.  They’ve released their proposed changes, which are relatively significant.  The chance to comment is in person at upcoming public meetings.  This is very important if you have an opinion on their changes.  I describe some of the changes and provide more information below (CDFW website info page: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Inland/Trout-Plan/Regulation-Simplification)

·        

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE:

EASTERN SIERRA -
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6-8 p.m. Talman Pavilion, Tricounty Fairgrounds, 1234 Fair St., Bishop

OTHER LOCATIONS:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6-8 p.m. Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 6-8 p.m. Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno
Saturday, April 6, 2019 Noon-2 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6-8 p.m. Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6-8 p.m. Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee

·         IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE MEETING CONTACT: Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program, (916) 445-3777

·          

·         The biggest change being – all waters under Section 7 general regulations for the Sierra district (see below) have been replaced with the following simplified regulation, “Open year-round, 5 trout bag, 10 trout possession limit, no gear restrictions.”  The obvious change here being unless otherwise specified - fishing is now open year around.  They’ve also shifted seasons around for waters with special restrictions in the following way:

Seasons

  • All Year
  • Closed to fishing all year
  • September 1 through November 30
  • Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30
  • Saturday preceding Memorial Day through the last day in February
  • October 1 through Friday preceding Memorial Day

They have also made some changes to special regulations – IE – Crowley, Upper Owens, Walker River, etc.  I’ve attached the proposed special regulation changes.  I’ve went through and compared most the waters of the Eastern Sierra so you can have a quick look at local waters.  Some notable changes: Crowley – they’ve extended the 5 fish no gear restriction season from July 31 to September 30.  Upper Owens between Crowley and Benton Crossing Bridge– removed the monument and extended "no gear restriction" season to September 30, open all winter but with no take.   Golden Trout Wilderness – removed gear restrictions.  Rush Creek regulation added to protect fall spawn.  See below for more.  This isn’t an exhaustive comparison, just some of the major Eastern Sierra waters.  

 

At the bottom of this email there are a couple of helpful items: 1.  Current section 7 general reg’s for Sierra district, 2. Email from CDFW announcing the public meetings (this has links to more info and contact information for CDFW folks). 

 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.  Trout Unlimited staff will be in attendance at as many of these meetings as possible.  Please pass this information along!

 

Jessica

 

CURRENT 2019-2020 REGULATIONS

PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES

Body of Water

Open Season

Bag limit

Open Season

Bag Limit

 

(A) Cottonwood Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their tributaries (Inyo Co.).

July 1 through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

0

All year

2 fish bag, 4 fish possession limit, no gear restrictions

Open year around. Added take and removed gear restrictions.

(B) Crowley Lake, except for the closed area near the outlet dam (see above).

Last Saturday in Apr. through July 31.

5 per day, 10 in possession

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30

5 fish bag, no gear restrictions

Moved season opener from April to May and extended the season from July 31 to September 30.

Aug. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2

October 1 through the Friday preceding Memorial Day

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Open all winter but with no take

(A) Deadman Creek downstream from Highway 395. See Owens River 7.50(b) (134).

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 16 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2

All year

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Open year around but with no take.

Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

0

(B) Deadman Creek upstream from Highway 395.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

5 per day, 10 in possession

Move to 7.0 statewide reg

 

Moved to general reg's

(71) Golden Trout Wilderness Area (Tulare Co.), excluding the main stem Kern River (see subsection 7.50(b)(86), and the Tule River drainage (See subsection 7.50(b) (197)).

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

5

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through the last day in February

5 fish bag, no gear restrictions

Extended season and removed gear restriction

(89) Kirman (Carmen) Lake (Mono Co.).

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15 Minimum size limit: 16 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2

All year

2 fish bag, artificial lures, 14 inch minimum

Open year around, reduced minimum fish size for take, removed barbless hook restriction

(A) McGee Creek downstream from Highway 395.

Last Saturday in Apr. through the Friday preceding Memorial Day and Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2

October 1 through the Friday preceding Memorial Day

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Open winter but with no take.

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30.

5 per day, 10 in possession

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30

5 fish bag, no gear restrictions

 

(B) McGee Creek upstream from Highway 395.

Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15.

5 per day, 10 in possession

Move to 7.0 statewide reg

 

Moved general reg's

(A) Upper Owens River from Benton Bridge road crossing upstream to Big Springs. Above Big Springs, see Deadman Creek 7.50(b)(54.5).

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 16 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2

All year

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Moved to no take year around.

Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

0

(B) Upper Owens River from Benton Bridge road crossing downstream to Upper Owens River fishing monument.

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30.

5 per day, 10 in possession

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30

5 fish bag, no gear restrictions

Removed monument regulation and combined to one location - (B) Upper Owens River from Benton Bridge road crossing to Crowley Lake. Extends "no gear restriction" season 2 months (from August 1 to October 1). Now open all winter but with no take.

(C) Upper Owens River from fishing monument (located about 1/4 mile upstream from maximum lake level) to Crowley Lake.

Last Saturday in Apr. through July 31.

5 per day, 10 in possession

October 1 through the Friday preceding Memorial Day

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Aug. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2

(D) From Pleasant Valley Dam downstream to footbridge at lower end of Pleasant Valley Campground.

Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.

2

All year

2 fish bag, artificial lures

Removes no take in the fall but requires artificial lures year around

Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

0

(E) From footbridge at lower end of Pleasant Valley Campground east (downstream) 3.3 miles along Chalk Bluffs Road to the redwood sport fishing regulations sign.

All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

0

All year

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Same

Rush Creek (Mono Co.) between Silver Lake and Grant Lake

no existing reg

-

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30

5 fish bag, no gear restrictions

 

 

 

October 1 through the Friday preceding Memorial Day

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

New reg to protect fall spawn

(205) Walker River, East Fork (Mono Co.) From Bridgeport Dam to Nevada State Line.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. NOTE: BOW AND ARROW FISHING FOR CARP ONLY IS PERMITTED.

1

All year

0 fish bag, artificial lures with barbless hooks

Removed one fish take.

Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. NOTE: BOW AND ARROW FISHING FOR CARP ONLY IS PERMITTED.

0

(205.5) West Walker River (Mono County) from the confluence with the Little Walker River (Hwy. 395 bridge at mile marker 96) downstream (north) to the inlet of Topaz Lake.

Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

0

Move to 7.0 statewide reg

 

Moved to general reg's

 

 


 
7.00. DISTRICT GENERAL REGULATIONS.

Unless otherwise provided, waters shown as open to trout fishing in subsections (a) through (g) below, are open to fishing for other species. Gear restrictions listed in this section apply to the take of all species of fish unless otherwise noted. Every body of water listed in subsections (a) through (g) of Section 7.00 (below) is closed to all fishing, except during the open season as shown. Unless otherwise provided, waters closed to trout fishing are closed to fishing for all other species, except that these closures do not apply to fishing for amphibians (see Section 5.05), freshwater clams (see Section 5.20), crayfish (see Section 5.35), and lamprey (see Section 5.40), using legal fishing methods other than hook-and-line fishing, and saltwater clams, crabs, ghost shrimp, and blue mud shrimp (see Ocean Regulations Booklet Sections 29.20 to 29.87). Crabs may only be taken using hoop nets or by hand, and Dungeness crab may only be taken within the North Coast District and Sonoma and Mendocino counties. 

Daily bag and possession limits, unless otherwise provided, mean the total number of trout or landlocked salmon in combination. Unless otherwise provided, no more than one daily bag limit may be possessed. Coho (silver) salmon may not be taken in any of the waters of the State, except in Lake Oroville and Oroville-Thermalito Complex (Diversion Pool, Forebay, and Afterbay) and the Feather River from the Diversion Pool Dam to the Fish Barrier Dam. Incidentally hooked Coho (silver) salmon, except those in Lake Oroville and Oroville-Thermalito Complex (Diversion Pool, Forebay, and Afterbay) and the Feather River from the Diversion Pool Dam to the Fish Barrier Dam, must be immediately released unharmed to the waters where they are hooked. In waters where the bag limit for trout or salmon is zero, fish for which the bag limit is zero must be released unharmed, and should not be removed from the water. These waters may also be subject to restrictions on fishing methods and gear (sections 2.00 through 2.45), fishing hours (section 3.00), and the use of bait (sections 4.00 through 4.30).

(b) Sierra District

(1) All rivers and associated tributaries above Lake Shasta.

Closed to the take of salmon.

(2) Anadromous waters of Tehama and Shasta counties not listed in the Special Regulations. (Section 7.50). (See subsections (b)(156) and (b)(156.5) of Section 7.50, regarding the Sacramento River.)

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.
Only artificial lures and barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* 4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession. Closed to the take of salmon.

(3) All lakes and reservoirs except those in the Fall River Valley, those in Inyo and Mono counties and those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 per day
10 in possession

(4) All streams, lakes and reservoirs in Inyo and Mono counties, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

5 per day
10 in possession

(5) All streams, lakes and reservoirs in the Fall River Valley above the Pit No. 1 PG&E Diversion Dam on Fall River in Shasta County, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

2

(6) All streams in Lassen and Modoc counties east of Highway 395 and north of Clarks Valley Road. Clarks Valley Road is defined as those portions of county routes 510, 512 and 506 running easterly from the town of Madeline to the Nevada border.

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15.

5 per day
10 in possession

(7) All other streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15

5 per day
10 in possession

(8) Mono County waters, when closed to trout fishing, are closed to all fishing, except for the unrestricted portions of Fish Slough which are open to fishing all year. Also, see Mono County waters listed in sections 5.00 and 7.50.

(9) SPECIAL BROOK TROUT BONUS BAG AND POSSESSION LIMIT

(A) IN SIERRA DISTRICT WATERS OF SISKIYOU, SHASTA AND TEHAMA COUNTIES, UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 8 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE SIERRA DISTRICT.

(B) IN THE SIERRA DISTRICT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80, UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 10 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE SIERRA DISTRICT. THIS ALLOWANCE DOES NOT INCLUDE RED LAKE IN ALPINE COUNTY OR KIRMAN, LANE OR ROOSEVELT LAKES IN MONO COUNTY.

 

Reply-To: CDFW News <CDFWNews@wildlife.ca.gov>
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2019 01:56:59 +0000
Subject: California Fish and Wildlife News
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California Fish and Wildlife News


  • Public Comment Sought on Statewide Regulation Changes of Trout Season
  • Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
  • Wildlife Officers Seize Firearms and More at Black Market Marijuana Operation in Hayfork


Public Comment Sought on Statewide Regulation Changes of Trout Season

Posted: 08 Mar 2019 03:09 PM PST

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a series of statewide meetings to inform the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations.

â 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,†said Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program Manager. “We look forward to explaining how these new changes came about, and how they could be implemented.â€

The meetings will focus on the following key areas:

  • Objectives of the new regulation framework and species management goals
  • Parameters of the regulation standardization and consolidation process
  • Review of specific proposed changes to regulations


CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. 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.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Talman Pavilion, Tricounty Fairgrounds, 1234 Fair St., Bishop

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno

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


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

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

More information is available atÂwww.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/trout-plan. Meetings are in-person only and no conference line or webcast will be available.

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Media Contacts:
Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program, (916) 445-3777
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8911
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988
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Jessica Strickland| CA Public Lands Restoration Manager

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recent Conservation Events




5th Annual Owens River Clean Up







 

The 5th annual Owens River Clean Up was held on Saturday, February 9. Approximately 35 volunteers braved the early morning dusting of snow. The participants were composed of about half local folk and half Southern Californians who traveled north for the event. Prior to the step-off of this critically important conservation project, a light breakfast with hot drinks was served. Over the course of four hours this conservation minded group accumulated several bags of trash ensuring the health of the Lower Owens River area is maintained for both the wild life and for those of us who enjoy this scenic section of the river. The event end with the volunteers being served lunch and almost everyone walked away with free sway raffled off.  FFCOC’s On the Water class was taking place at the same time and location as was this clean-up. As we broke for lunch our club’s 20 plus attendees spread across the area and picked up trash as we made our way back to the our vehicles. All-in-all, the 5th annual Owens River Clean Up was a success. Next year’s event will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 – always the Saturday following the Super Bowl.

FFCOC’s On the Water class was taking place at the same time and location as was this clean-up. As we broke for lunch our club’s 20 plus attendees spread across the area and picked up trash as we made our way back to the our vehicles. All-in-all, the 5th annual Owens River Clean Up was a success.

Next year’s event will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 – always the Saturday following the Super Bowl.