Calif. bans fishing on more rivers due to drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California fishing regulators have closed down recreational angling on portions of two drought-starved rivers due to concerns about salmon and steelhead trout.

The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously on the fishing restrictions for parts of the American and Russian Rivers. The move comes after California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials earlier this month closed dozens of waterways on the state's central and northern coasts.

The commission found that dangerously low stream flows and dwindling reservoir storage presented a danger to both species' habitat. The closures on both rivers will extend through April 30.

Numerous fishing groups voiced support for the closures.


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