Ocean Sport Fishing

Text Regulations

General Sport Fishing Regulations

Seasons, Size and Bag Limits

The following links lead to sport fishing regulations taken verbatim from California Code of Regulations Title 14 (except for species whose seasons, size limits, or bag limits may possibly change in-season).

Where no bag limit is listed, the following limits apply:
Fish (Finfish) - 20 finfish in combination of all species with not more than 10 of any one species
Shellfish (Invertebrates) – 35 of any one species

More Regulation Information

thumbnail of booklet cover - link opens document in new window 2023-2024 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF) Regulations effective March 1, 2023 – February 29, 2024 unless otherwise noted.

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Current Sport Fishing Regulations for:

"How to Fish" Videos

California Spiny Lobster

An Introduction to Lobstering (Video)
A discussion of basic California spiny lobster diving and hoop netting practices, and spiny lobster fishing regulations. Part of the CDFW Harvest Huddle Hour series.

California Spiny Lobster Fishing at Catalina Island (Video)
CDFW Lt. Rod Buckler talks about some of the “do’s” and “don’ts” of lobster diving in the Catalina Island area.

How to Measure a California Spiny Lobster (Video)
CDFW Warden Michael Dilts provides a brief overview of spiny lobster fishing regulations and how to measure a lobster.

Shore/Pier Fishing

An Introduction to Angling and Crabbing from Shore and Pier (Video)
How to fish and crab from jetties and piers in California. Part of the CDFW Harvest Huddle Hour series.

A Beginners Look at California Halibut and Sandy Beach Surf Fishing (Video)
Tips and advice on beach fishing for California halibut and surf fishes. Part of the CDFW Harvest Huddle Hour series.

How to Fish from a Pier (Video)
How to organize gear and fish from a Southern California pier. This basic information applies to pier fishing at other locations in California, as well. Part of the CDFW California Fishing Passport program.


Rockfish and Lingcod Fishing Tips and Tricks (Video)
Guidance and tips for having a successful day of fishing for rockfish and lingcod. Part of the CDFW California Fishing Passport program.

Live Bait

Live Bait Tutorial (Video)
How to set up gear and fish surface waters using live bait. Part of the CDFW California Fishing Passport program.


California Abalone Reporting and Tagging Requirements demonstration (Video)
NOTE: The red abalone sport fishery is closed through at least April, 2026. This video shows abalone sport divers and rock pickers how to comply with abalone regulations enacted April 2008.

Harvest Huddle Hour

Harvest Huddle Hour Videos
The Harvest Huddle Hour is a pre-recorded video series for adults who would like to learn how to fish in the ocean (or harvest any wild food in California). Watch past episodes or register for future live events.

California Fishing Passport

Fishing Passport cover thumbnailThe California Fishing Passport Program is a fishing incentive and recognition program that highlights and promotes fishing throughout the state. Make plans to explore California in pursuit of the state's most popular fresh and salt water finfish and shellfish—and start the fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Marine Region (Region 7)
Regional Manager: Dr. Craig Shuman
Main Office: 20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA  93940
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