So there you have it. The possibility of imposing statewide fishing closures was to be part of a scheduled emergency meeting with the California Fish and Game Commission this morning. But the meeting delved into chaos. Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow summed up what was going on perfectly with this play by play of the insanity.
For now, the closures and restrictions that were previously announced remain in play. And for now fishing in general has not banned, so there are opportunities to go out and fish (hopefully while utilizing social distancing. But clearly there will more deliberation from state officials when they meet again, particularly with the looming April 25 statewide trout opener still in question. It’s just unclear how the next meeting will go, as this one went poorly.
James Stone, executive director of the NorCal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, offered a lot of pertinent information in this Facebook live video: