With record budget problems in Sacramento, some have wondered about trout season and the potential for cutbacks. At this time, Fish and Game spokesmen in Sacramento say that the Eastern Sierra may experience more trout plants.
Harry Morse, public information for Fish and Game, said that some regions will not produce or plant so many trout as last season. He said overall, the trout poundage will drop from last year except in the Eastern Sierra where trout plants may go up.
Morse advised anglers to go to Fish and Game's website to see which lakes will be planted. www.dfg.ca.gov includes a list of waters to be planted. Morse said that weather can affect fish plants, but he said Fish and Game did set up a regional schedule with hatcheries. He call plans for this year "fairly similar to previous years."
Reuters news service published an article that sounds promising for the Eastern Sierra's summer fishing and tourism. The news report says that as the economy worsens, Americans go fishing. It's a relatively inexpensive sport. The report said, "As Americans forgo expensive vacations, costly dinners and shopping mall splurges, many are opting instead for the quiet simplicity of fishing, according to the sport fishing industry and reports from bait shops and fishermen."