Is Not Lost!:
No doubt, by
now most everyone has heard about the law suit in California that is
preventing many waters in the state from being stocked with fish by
CDF&G. If you're familiar with this area at all the law suit
could have proved to be devastating for Alpine County as the county's
only source of income is from tourism and its pristine rivers, lakes &
streams draw thousands of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts to the
area every year.
settlement of the suit does allow stocking of waters where entities
other than the state have held stocking permits in recent years.
This just happens to be the case with
County. The County's plan will be to accelerate its stocking
program early in the season to allow CDF&G to complete Environmental
Impact Studies on waters
such as the East
and West forks of the Carson River so that they may be moved to the "Stockable
Waters" list. At a recent presentation to Alpine County board of
supervisors, CDF&G estimated that the studies on the Carson river
could be completed in as fast as 2 weeks once conditions were suitable
to do the studies.
The County hopes to
move up their stocking program in order to provide early season
angler's with the same quality fishing experience that they have come
to love when fishing in Alpine County.
Mono County waters
have not been affected by this law suit and areas such as the East &
West forks of the Walker river, Topaz Lake, Twin Lakes, and Buckeye &
Robinson creeks will continue to receive their normal stockings.
If you were thinking about leaving the rod an fly box out in the
garage this season you'll need to re-think your plan because we'll
have plenty of fishing opportunities in the area after all!
In October 2006,
Pacific Rivers Council and Center for Biological Diversity,
represented by Stanford Law students, sued DFG over fish
stocking programs it has engaged in for more than 100 years, claiming
that no Environmental Impact Report (EIR) had been completed for the
programs. The result of the case was a court order requiring DFG to
complete an EIR. DFG is engaged in the years-long and multimillion
dollar EIR process, now scheduled to be completed in January 2010.
Check the CDF&G
website for a complete list of waters that will and will not be