Sierra County asks for fishing limitation

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham took two specific and limited steps earlier this week regarding fishing in Sierra County. As requested by county officials, CDFW suspended fishing on the mainstem of the North Fork Yuba River and delayed the trout opener on the entire Downie River mainstem in the county.

Sierra County officials requested these actions last week along with requests from Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties; however, the tailored request required additional discussion with the county. The director made this decision in consultation with California Fish and Game Commission President Eric Sklar.

Fishing was already open on the mainstem of the North Fork Yuba River. Trout fishing was scheduled to open on the Downie River this Saturday, April 25. Trout is the only fishable species on the Downie River. The closure and delay in Sierra County will expire May 31.

This means fishing is now suspended on the North Fork Yuba River from Yuba Pass downstream to the confluence with Goodyears Creek and the trout opener on the entire mainstem of the Downie River is delayed, both through May 31.

Pursuant to the emergency regulation approved by the commission, CDFW will provide current information for the angling public at this website or by phone at (916) 445-7600.

At the request of counties or tribes, CDFW will consider action to address needs regarding fishing seasons amongst the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a county or tribal representative with questions or would like to provide input on potential angling related delays or restrictions, contact Roger Bloom, Acting Branch Chief, Fisheries Branch, by email at