Despite recent rainstorms, California is in the midst of an extensive drought. Because of its severity, sport fisherman across the state, including those here in Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley, may be startled to know that several prime fishing spots are now off-limits to fishermen. California's Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission recently enacted emergency drought regulations and closed several rivers and streams, mostly in the northern part of the state.
An interactive map that depicts many, but not all, of the closures is available on the DFG website for public use. As conditions change, some waterways may open and others may close. Additional information may be obtained by calling the following numbers:
North coast: (707) 822-3164
Central coast: (707) 944-5533
South central coast: (831) 649-2886
In the meantime, here are five streams that have been closed to fishing because of the drought:
The Navarro River is in Mendocino County, California and empties into the Pacific Ocean. The river provides habitat for fish migration and spawning.
Brush Creek is a tributary of Santa Rosa Creek in Sonoma County, California. Part of it has been restored with USEPA funding for steelhead migration and spawning.
The American River runs from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River in Sacramento, California. It is one of the rivers for which fishing has recently been banned due to California's drought.
Ten Mile River
Ten Mile River is a river in northern Mendocino County, California, United States. It was named Ten Mile River because it is10 miles (16 km) north of the Noyo River.
The Russian River, flows through Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California. It is the second largest river flowing through the nine county Greater San Francisco Bay Area.