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2018-2019 Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulations

Regulations  |  Illustrations and Additional Information

Regulations

NOTE:
link opens in new windowIn-Season Groundfish Depth Restriction Change Effective August 25, 2018. Please review groundfish depth restriction changes in effect from the California-Oregon border to Point Conception as of August 25, 2018.
link opens in new windowPacific halibut fishery closed as of September 22, 2018

 

Fish Identification, How-To Videos, Maps, and Additional Information

California Fishing Passport

California Fishing Passport

A fishing incentive and recognition program to highlight and promote fishing throughout the state. Pick up your free copy of the California Fishing Passport book listing 150 different popular fresh and saltwater finfish and shellfish that occur throughout the state. Try to catch one of every species listed, and you will receive stamps in your passport book documenting each achievement.

Fish Identification Illustrations

  • Black, Blue Rockfish ID Flyer
    This flyer lists identifying features that can be used to differentiate between black rockfish and blue rockfish.
  • Canary, Vermilion, Yelloweye Rockfish ID Flyer
    This flyer lists identifying features that can be used to differentiate between canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and vermilion rockfish.
  • Videos

  • link opens in new tab or windowCrabbing for Dungeness Crab from a Vessel - Part I (YouTube)
    This video shows different types of gear, and how to prepare for a day of crabbing.
  • link opens in new tab or windowCrabbing for Dungeness Crab from a Vessel - Part II (YouTube)
    This video shows how to deploy and retrieve crab pots, as well as how to handle and measure Dungeness crab.
  • link opens in new tab or windowRockfish and Lingcod Fishing Tips and Tricks (YouTube) 
    This video provides guidance and tips for having a successful day of fishing for rockfish and lingcod.
  • link opens in new tab or windowLive Bait Fishing (YouTube)
    This video shows how to set up and fish surface waters using live bait.
  • link opens in new tab or windowPier Fishing (YouTube)
    This video shows how to set up and fish from a Southern California pier. Basic information applies to pier fishing at other locations in California, as well.
  • link opens in new tab or windowDemonstration Video (YouTube): California Abalone Reporting and Tagging Requirements
    This video shows abalone sport divers and rock pickers how to comply with abalone regulations enacted April 2008.
  • Maps

  • Cowcod Conservation Areas
  • link opens in new tab or windowFort Ross Red Abalone Closure Map (PDF)
    Regulations (Section 29.15(b)(1)) effective January 1, 2014
  • Additional Information

  • link opens in new tab or windowMeasurement Methods for Finfish and Invertebrates (PDF)


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