CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Could Suspend Sport or Recreational Fishing Due to Covid-19


On Thursday, the California Department of Fish and Game Commission will hold a meeting that will either delay, suspend or restrict sport or recreational fishing. The move comes as they navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is the notice posted on their website:

The California Fish and Game Commission will remotely meet to discuss delegating temporary authority to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to delay, suspend or restrict sport or recreational fishing if the director of CDFW, in consultation with the president of the Commission, finds that such action is necessary to protect against the threat from COVID-19 based on state, federal, local, and tribal public health guidance and public safety needs.

When:            Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Where:          Via teleconference and webinar. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed emergency regulation by calling (877) 402-9753 or (636) 651-3141; access code 832 4310. Webinar details are on the agenda.

More:             The meeting agenda and documents are available on the Commission’s website at

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission will discuss whether or not to temporarily grant authority to CDFW to decide whether to delay, restrict, or suspend sport or recreational fishing in order to prevent and mitigate public health risks that may arise when people travel for fishing trips or congregate while participating in available fishing opportunities. CDFW and the Commission have received requests from county representatives and local health authorities requesting delays to recreational fish openers such as the Eastern Sierra trout opener scheduled for April 25, 2020.


  1. The California Constitution says that hunting and fishing is right. How can you tell me I cannot exercise my rights?

    Shouldn’t make you buy a license to exercise your rights either….

  2. Waste your time and money on this meeting. I’m an American and won’t abide by your ruling to keep me off the water. I’ll put it in a judge’s hands after you hand me your little paper citation. There hasn’t even been an attempt to even cite folks out there now for not social distancing so your taking it to a full ban. Pound sand, I refuse to listen and will see you out on the water!!! Tight lines

    Will this be the same citation as someone walking down the street with heroin in their pocket? Hahaha again, pound it.

  3. Yeah they don’t stop the brothers on Cavallo hanging out doing drugs and drinking. Just saying.

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