Fishing and Hunting Regulations

Freshwater Sport Fishing

Regulations for taking fish, amphibians and reptiles


Saltwater Sport Fishing

Regulations for taking fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants


Commercial Fishing

Regulations for the commercial take of fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants


Mammal Hunting

Regulations for taking big and small game mammals, furbearers and nongame


Mammal Regulations cover - open web page in new window

link opens in new tab or window2019-2020 Mammal Hunting BOOKLET (PDF)
includes regulations for

  • hunting small and big game mammals
  • trapping furbearers (fox, badger, beaver and raccoon, etc.)
  • hunting nongame animals (bobcat, coyote, weasel, etc.)

Effective July 2019


Bird Hunting / Lands

Regulations for taking waterfowl, migratory and upland game birds


Phase-Out of Printed Regulations Books

As part of a broader effort by the department to go paperless, CDFW is in the process of transitioning to online regulations books and will be decreasing the number of printed books shipped to license agents and CDFW offices in 2019 and beyond. The cost to print and ship regulations books is significant, and money saved will be put toward fish and wildlife conservation. This year's booklets will also be returning to the smaller, mostly black-and-white format.

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