Planettrout, I live on the west side of the Sierra range. Here the stream trout season runs from the last Saturday in April until the 15th of November. Once there is enough snow on the ground to cross-country ski, I forget about fishing until the ski season is over. I like having an off season that gives both the trout and the trout fisherman a chance to reflect and recover. Lakes are generally open to trout fishing year around but the high country closes down with the first major snow fall or the end of deer season, which is usually at the end of October or early November.