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California Drought Causes Fishing Restrictions

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By KMVT News

Sacramento, California (CNN) California fishing regulators announced Wednesday they are closing down recreational angling on parts of two rivers impacted by the state's drought.

Fishermen agreed with officials that something had to be done.

“Again, I hate to request closure, I would rather be fishing, but the conservation of fish is most important, if we don't have the fish we don't have the fishing,” says fly fisherman Lowell Ashbaugh.

“We can't make it rain, what we can do is relieve the salmon at the head of the state from some of the pressure they are under from angling and so forth,” adds Michael Sutton, Fish and Game Commission.

Wildlife officials said stream flows are so low that spawning adult fish are having a hard time getting to their breeding ground.

The closures will be in place through April.


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