Fishing and Hunting Regulations

Trout Season Opener Delay

Update: The trout season delay emergency regulation expired on May 31, 2020 and as of June 1, 2020 all fishing may resume as per existing regulations in Title 14, CCR.

Freshwater Sport Fishing

Regulations for taking fish, amphibians and reptiles

 
sport fishing supplement booklet cover - open web page in new window

link opens in new window2020-2021 Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Effective March 2020

Freshwater Regulations Map
view nearby regulations on your smart phone or desktop

link opens in new windowKlamath River Basin Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Reminders (effective January 1, 2020)
Emergency regulations for spring Chinook Salmon were re-adopted effective December 24, 2019 link opens in new window(subsection 7.50(b)(91.2), Title 14, CCR) (PDF), superseding spring Chinook regulations in subsection 7.50(b)(91.1)(E)(2) and (6), Title 14, CCR for January 1 - August 14 on the Klamath River, and January 1 - August 31 on the Trinity, South Fork Trinity Rivers. This means:

  • Fishing for Spring Chinook Salmon on the Klamath and Trinity is prohibited January 1 through June 30, 2020; re-opens July 1, 2020.
  • Anglers can download and print a link opens in new windowsummary table (PDF) of these changes.
  • Fishing for steelhead is unaffected, and remains open pursuant subsection 7.50(b)(91.1)(E)(2) and (6), Title 14, CCR (as shown in the supplemental regulations booklet).

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

 

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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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