California Fish And Game Commission To Hold Emergency Meeting (Update)

Update: Here’s a press release from CDFW:

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.



The following is courtesy of the California Fish and Game Commission:

The Commission will hold an emergency teleconference meeting on April 9, 2020 to consider delegating authority to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to suspend, delay, or restrict sport/recreational fishing in specific areas within the state due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19.
The agenda is now available on the Commission’s website at
Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information and deadlines.

Additional meeting materials will be posted on the Commission’s website today.


Melissa Miller-Henson
Executive Director
California Fish and Game Commission

Here’s the note on the agenda regarding potential recreational fishing closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic and California’s shelter-in-place order

Emergency regulation concerning closure of recreational fishing

Consider adopting an emergency regulation authorizing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to temporarily suspend, delay, or restrict recreational fishing in specific areas within the state when necessary to protect public health from the threat posed by COVID-19.
(Pursuant to Sections 200, 205, and 399, Fish and Game Code)