The State Office of Administrative Law has posted this emergency rule making it is effective as of July 2 and will expire on December 30, 2015.
The department shall maintain a list of closed waters of the state and update that list on Wednesday of each week by 1:00 pm. In the event that water conditions change later in the week, the fishing status for each specific water will not change until the day following the next Wednesday. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number provided below or go to the department’s website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations to obtain the current status of any water.
The number to call for information is (916) 445-7600.
Pending action on closing waters to fishing. The regulations do not take effect until the public comment period is over and the regulation has been filed with the Secretary of State. I have seen information out there about calling a certain phone number after postings on Wednesdays but that is not in effect yet.
The regulatory process to implement actions to close waters to angling due to drought conditions is working it’s way through the system. Information on it can be obtained at
Here is the actual regulatory language link
It appears the emergency regulations will not be effective for several more weeks, and the Commission and CDFW will work together to refine the language etc.
There is an opportunity to comment on the proposed action if you so desire by going to
Stay tuned for more information as the situation develops.
This will be the most talked about subject this summer.
Posted on March 30, 2015 by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
California WaterBlog By Jay Lund
Dry fields and bare groves looking west toward the Coast Range, near San Joaquin, Calif. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis, 2014
This fourth year of drought is severe, but not yet the driest ever. The drought’s impacts are worsened by record heat, which has dried out soils and raised the demands for irrigation, and the historical high levels of California’s population, economy, and agricultural production, and historical low levels of native fish species. There is need for concern, preparation and prudence, but little cause for panic, despite some locally urgent conditions.