Some SLO County streams closed to fishing because of drought

In response to severe drought conditions, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed fishing to all coastal streams west of any Highway 1 bridge in San Luis Obispo County.

The agency’s commission adopted the emergency rules at its meeting Wednesday. The closures will go into effect in mid- to late February and stay in effect until April 30.

The closures were made in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by the drought.

Streams affected by the closure include San Luis Obispo Creek in Avila Beach, Santa Rosa Creek in Cambria and Pismo Creek in Pismo Beach.

"We can't make it rain, but we can take action to relieve our beleaguered salmon and steelhead populations of any additional stress," Commission President Michael Sutton said. "I'm proud that the fishing community supports this action as essential for the conservation of our precious fishery resources."

Similar closures are in effect in San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, as well as other streams and rivers in Northern California.