Drought conditions are threatening many adult fish in California, and the future of the sport on the American River could be on the line.
Lowered water levels throughout the region have made access to spawning or migrating fish too eash, so the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has stepped in to protect salmon and steelhead trout by banning fishing in certain waterways.
For now, the American River is still open, but some fishermen say it may be time for that to change. Fisherman Chris Winchell isn't suprised by the news.
"I can see why they'd close it," he said.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has already banned recreational fishing on dozens of streams across the state.