SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - California is banning fishing in some drought-stricken streams and rivers on the state's central and north coasts in an effort to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead.
    
Charlton Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Wednesday that the move was made to protect as many fish as possible as streams flows dwindle.
    
Among the closures are the San Lorenzo River and its tributaries in Santa Cruz County, the Big Sur River and area streams, the Eel River in Humboldt County and others.
    
Most of California is in extreme drought, which led Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency.
    
The agency also recommended that the state Fish and Game Commission also close parts of the American and Russian Rivers.