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June 30, 2022

Sport fishing for Chinook salmon in the Klamath River Basin is set to begin July 1 and will continue through the fall according to salmon quota and fishery regulations that were adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission during its May teleconference meeting.

The season begins with a shortened spring-run Chinook salmon fishery enacted in response to the state listing of “Upper Klamath/Trinity River Spring Chinook Salmon” as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. The truncated spring-run Chinook salmon recreational fishery will open July 1 and run through Aug. 14 on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River). The daily bag limit remains one Chinook salmon (no size restrictions), with a possession limit of two Chinook salmon. This shortened season structure eliminates the core months of April, May and June when the majority of spring-run move through the Klamath and Trinity rivers on their way to natal areas where the most at-risk spring-run populations spend the summer and spawn.

The fall-run Chinook salmon recreational fishery in the Klamath River will continue Aug. 15 as Klamath River fall-run Chinook begin to enter the river in larger numbers. In the Trinity River, the recreational fall-run Chinook season begins Sept. 1. The fall-run Chinook basin in-river quota for this fall period is 2,119 adult Chinook salmon for the 2022 season. Klamath River fall-run Chinook numbers remain low, requiring limited opportunity for harvest while this stock of salmon rebounds from the effects of challenging environmental conditions.

The bag limits will remain the same as in 2021, with a two-fish daily bag limit, with no more than one fish over 23 inches (such as one adult and one jack). The possession limit remains the same at six fish, with no more than three fish over 23 inches (effectively three daily bag limits).

The in-river recreational adult fall-run Chinook salmon quota is divided among four sectors in the Klamath River basin:

Klamath River

1.  3,500 feet downstream of Iron Gate Dam downstream to the Highway 96 bridge – 360 fish.

2.  Highway 96 bridge downstream to the mouth of the Klamath River – 1,060 fish.

There is a sub-area closure at the mouth of the Klamath River when 15 percent of the basin allocation has been harvested – 318 fish harvested below the Highway 101 bridge triggers this closure.

Trinity River

1.  Old Lewiston Bridge to Highway 299 West bridge at Cedar Flat – 350 fish.

2.  Denny Road bridge downstream to the confluence with Klamath River – 349 fish.

Anglers may keep track of the quota status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s information hotline at (800) 564-6479.

For more information regarding Klamath River fishing regulations, please consult the 2022-2023 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations, which will be available online in July at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.

June 24, 2022

 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director has re-opened the recreational razor clam fishery in Del Norte County following a recommendation from state health agencies that the consumption of razor clams in the area no longer poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure.

The razor clam fishery in Del Norte County was re-opened in April 2021 after a five-year closure due to high domoic acid concentrations that persisted in the razor clam population, but was then closed again in December due to public health hazard. Pseudo-nitzschia, a naturally occurring single-celled marine alga, produces the potent neurotoxin domoic acid under certain ocean conditions.

During the closure, state health agencies have continued to assess domoic acid levels in razor clams. Two separate clam collections from Crescent Beach, Crescent City this month taken more than a week apart all had domoic acid concentrations below the federal action level of greater than or equal to 20 parts per million.

Domoic acid poisoning in humans may occur within minutes to hours after consumption of affected seafood and can result in signs and symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to permanent loss of short-term memory (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning), coma or death. There is no way to prepare clams that will remove the toxin. Cooking and freezing have no effect.

Health agencies continue to monitor domoic acid in razor clams in Del Norte and Humboldt counties, which are both now open to razor clam harvest.

CDFW reminds clammers that the daily bag limit for razor clams is 20 and the first 20 clams dug must be retained regardless of size or condition. The razor clam fishery is open south of Battery Point, Crescent City (Del Norte County) during even-numbered years. Each person is required to keep a separate container for their clams and is not allowed to commingle their take with another person when digging and transporting clams to shore.

For more information, please refer to section 29.20 Clams General and section 29.45 for specific razor clam regulations at https://wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Regulations/Sport-Fishing/Invertebrate-Fishing-Regs#mollusks.

For more information on any fishery closure or health advisories, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/health-advisories at https://wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/health-advisories.

To get the latest information on current fishing season closures related to domoic acid, please call CDFW’s Domoic Acid Fishery Closure Information Line at (831) 649-2883.

For the latest consumption warnings, please call the California Department of Public Health’s Biotoxin Information Line at (510) 412-4643 or toll-free at (800) 553-4133.

CA Regulations / Domesticated Game Birds
« on: June 22, 2022, 12:47:56 PM »
June 16, 2022

Question: Can I keep and raise quail as domesticated game birds? Can I sell their eggs?

Answer: California is home to three native species of quail: mountain, California and Gambel’s quail. In order to keep these species and others as domesticated game birds, a Domestic Game Breeder’s license is generally required, per Fish and Game Code, section 3200(opens in new tab).

A Domesticated Game Breeder's License is required for any person engaged in raising or importing, or who keeps in captivity, domesticated game birds which normally exist in the wild in this state, if the birds or mammals are kept more than 30 days after you acquire them. Additionally, you would need to obtain birds from another game breeder; you cannot trap wild quail for the purpose of starting your brood. The game breeder’s license requires you to report the live birds in your possession each year. Visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Game Breeder webpage for a link to the application and info on laws, regulations, requirements and a species list.

If you are interested in Coturnix quail, also called Japanese quail, please be aware that this species does not exist in the wild in California. Therefore, CDFW does not manage the species as a game bird and it is not listed under the Domesticated Game Breeder’s License. Additionally, please review local municipal codes and laws, and zoning regulations, regarding keeping and raising any domestic fowl, including quail.

If you want to sell eggs, please review requirements by other agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Food and Agriculture and/or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CA Regulations / Pet Bass
« on: June 22, 2022, 12:47:38 PM »
June 16, 2022

Question: Can I keep a largemouth bass as a pet in California?

Answer: No, it is not legal to possess a largemouth bass as a pet. Fish and Game Code, section 2118(e), prohibits possession of several types of fish in California, including largemouth bass. With certain exceptions, including some exceptions related to bass tournaments, movement of live fish taken from the wild is prohibited by the California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 1.63, which states that except as provided in sections 4.00 through 4.30 and 230, live fin fish may not be transported alive from the water where taken.

CA Regulations / Multi-day Fishing Permits
« on: June 22, 2022, 12:47:22 PM »
June 16, 2022

Question: I’m going out fishing overnight and heard that I can get a multi-day permit that allows me to keep more than one bag limit of fish. How does that work?

Answer: If you’re planning to be offshore fishing for more than one calendar day, it is possible to obtain a multi-day fishing permit. Requirements are spelled out in section 27.15 of the 2022-23 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations. The “Declaration for Multi-Day Fishing Trip(PDF)(opens in new tab)” application form is only allowed for fishing trips that are continuous and extend for a period of 12 hours or more on both the first and last days of the trip. Also, no berthing or docking is permitted within five miles of the mainland shore during the trip. The form must be completed by the vessel’s owner or operator and submitted with payment of $7.21 to CDFW (see contact info below). The form must be received at least 48 hours prior to the date of the vessel’s departure. There is currently no option for submitting the form via email.

Depending on the length of the trip, the permit authorizes up to three daily bag and possession limits of saltwater fin fish, lobster and rock scallop for each licensed person fishing in ocean waters. No person may take more than one daily bag limit of fish per calendar day and the provisions of the permit do not apply to salmon, steelhead, striped bass or sturgeon take and possession limits. There’s also a requirement that passengers must all disembark at the location stated on the multi-day permit. Additionally, the permit must be posted in view for all passengers onboard the boat.

More information on the process, requirements and links to download forms can be found on CDFW’s website. Application forms can be faxed with a credit card payment authorization (PDF)(opens in new tab) to (562) 596-0342 or mailed to CDFW’s Marine Region at 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos, CA 90720.

June 15, 2022

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has stocked 3,500 large brook trout into Kirman Lake in Mono County as part of an ongoing commitment to restore one of the West’s best trophy brook trout fisheries.

Brook trout in the 1- to 2-pound class were stocked recently into Kirman Lake from CDFW’s American River Trout Hatchery near Sacramento as CDFW trout hatcheries throughout the state assist stocking waters in the eastern Sierra.

Located about 20 miles north of Bridgeport, Kirman Lake is a small, backcountry lake with an outsized reputation for growing brook trout that can quickly reach 4 to 6 pounds in size. Unlike many high-mountain lakes where trout eke out an existence in near-sterile conditions, Kirman’s fertile waters support a smorgasbord of aquatic invertebrates – water boatman, dragonflies, mayflies and midges among them – along with high-protein leeches and shrimp-like scuds that produce a tremendous growth rate in the trout that live there.

Kirman’s food-rich waters, however, lack any spawning habitat for trout, and Kirman’s famed recreational fishery has been entirely dependent on stocking from CDFW over the years. Kirman is stocked more regularly with Lahontan cutthroat trout, but brook trout plants have been sporadic in recent years as CDFW hatcheries transition from raising and stocking non-native trout in favor of native trout species.

The brook trout stocked from the American River Trout Hatchery are believed to be among the last brook trout within CDFW’s hatchery system. The fish are sterile and not capable of reproducing. Similarly, there is no outlet for the trout stocked into Kirman Lake and no risk of the non-native fish escaping into nearby waters. Given these unique dynamics and Kirman’s celebrated reputation among anglers, CDFW has committed to restoring Kirman Lake as a trophy trout fishery, providing infusions of brook trout whenever possible.

Since 2018, CDFW has translocated wild brook trout into Kirman Lake from nearby Silver Creek, where native trout restoration work is underway though in much fewer numbers and much less regularly than when CDFW was stocking Kirman with heavy, annual plantings of hatchery-raised brook trout prior to 2015.

Still, CDFW is seeing increasing angler satisfaction with the brook trout fishing at Kirman as collected in an Angler Survey Box lakeside. Anglers have reported more frequent catches of brook trout and a higher percentage of brook trout caught compared with Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Kirman Lake is a special regulations water that opens to fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15 each year. Only artificial lures may be used. Only two trout may be taken with a minimum size limit of 18 inches in total length per fish.

Fish Talk / CDFW Trucks Salmon Smolts Around Adverse River Conditions
« on: June 18, 2022, 02:29:28 PM »
June 17, 2022

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is nearing the completion of its efforts to transport 19.7 million hatchery-raised fall-run and 960,000 spring-run juvenile Chinook salmon (known as smolts) to the San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens this spring and summer.

CDFW raises the fish at Feather River, Nimbus, Mokelumne and Merced salmon hatcheries and monitors river conditions carefully to estimate the smolts’ chances of successful migration. During times of drought, low flows and elevated water temperatures can be a lethal mixture for the young salmon. This year, conditions are expected to be particularly poor, prompting CDFW to move more than 95 percent of the smolts down river, thus bypassing 50 to 100 miles of hazardous river conditions.

“Three consecutive years of drought have resulted in critically low reservoir water storage, low river flows and poor river conditions overall, which we know decreases the survival of juvenile Chinook salmon as they move downstream toward the Pacific Ocean,” said Jason Julienne, CDFW’s North Central Region hatchery supervisor. “In years like this, when drought conditions are bad and anticipated in-river survival is low, trucking young salmon to downstream release sites has proven to be one of the best ways to increase overall survival of hatchery produced fish to contribute to adult returns in the coming years.”

To increase survival rates, multiple release sites and release methods are used. In some locations, the fish are released directly into the water by specialized fish-hauling tanker trucks. At others, the smolts are released into net pens, which are then towed out to deeper waters before being released. Releases can happen during daylight hours or at night. CDFW fisheries biologists and salmon hatchery managers tailor these methods according to tide conditions, temperatures and the presences of potential predators at each site.

Prior to each release, approximately 25 percent of the smolts have their adipose fin removed and are fitted with a coded wire tag the size of a small pencil lead in its nose. When the fish are caught later, CDFW staff can use the tag information to determine when, where and from which hatchery the fish came. CDFW fish counters check both commercial and sport catch to secure tags and retrieve this information, which helps determine the success rate of each batch of fish released.

“The trucking of these salmon smolts helps ensure both sport and commercial anglers of salmon in the future,” said John McManus, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. “CDFW staff has gone above and beyond in their willingness to move the release sites further west, which means we'll see much better survival for those fish released closer to the ocean. This is greatly helping to keep the salmon industry afloat as we suffer through drought.”

The releases began in March and are scheduled to conclude by June 23. One of the last releases will happen over the weekend at Brickyard Cove in Richmond on Sunday, June 19 at 8:45 p.m. The Golden State Salmon Association and the City of Richmond will assist with the release of approximately 200,000 smolts at this site. Media are welcome; please contact Ken Paglia at (916) 825-7120 for details and directions. The city will require attendees to sign a waiver in advance.

CA Regulations / Nontoxic Ammo
« on: June 03, 2022, 08:25:53 PM »
June 2, 2022

Question: Many sporting goods stores ran out of copper and steel ammo at the beginning of the pandemic. How can hunters continue to use the correct ammo?

Answer: It is true that finding nontoxic hunting ammunition as required by law in California has been a real challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several factors contributed to the ammo shortage during the past couple years including global supply chain issues, a lack of raw materials such as steel, bismuth, nickel and copper, and a huge demand among consumers who were buying – and often hoarding – ammo of all types and kinds.

The good news in the spring of 2022 is that the availability of nontoxic hunting ammunition appears to be increasing at most sporting goods stores. Availability likely will depend on the type of ammunition you are looking for and the time of year. Nontoxic ammunition for standard, popular rifle calibers and shotgun gauges may be easier to find in the brand and configuration you want compared to more niche rifle calibers and subgauge shotguns.

Similarly, it will be hard to find nontoxic dove loads and deer rounds right before those seasons open. The best advice we can offer is not to wait until hunting season to shop for ammo. Dove and deer hunters, for example, need to start looking now for seasons that open in September and might have to adjust expectations about finding their favorite brand and cartridge.

Additionally, different types of metals are used today to make nontoxic ammunition beyond just copper and steel. You may be able to find nontoxic ammunition more easily if you widen your search to include options such as bismuth, tungsten and metal alloys. These alternative metals can be even more effective than steel or lead; the downside is that they often are more expensive as well.

If you locate your nontoxic ammunition of choice online or from an out-of-state sporting goods store, you can work with your local Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder or licensed ammunition vendor to have the ammunition shipped and transferred to you in California. Licensed retailers in California typically charge a small handling fee for this service.

CA Regulations / Grunion Regulations
« on: June 03, 2022, 08:25:12 PM »
July 2, 2022

Question: I heard there are new regulations for California grunion. What do I need to know?

Answer: Effective June 1, 2022, the new regulations add the month of June to the seasonal no-take closure for grunion. The closure now extends from April 1 through June 30. Additionally, a bag and possession limit of 30 grunion per person was created. See CDFW’s news release for more information.

During the open season, a California fishing license is required for persons 16 years and older. Grunion may be taken by hand only. No nets or appliances of any kind may be used to take grunion, and no holes may be dug in the beach to entrap them. Visit CDFW’s grunion web page for species facts, a schedule of expected runs and regulation information.

CA Regulations / Desert Tortoise
« on: June 03, 2022, 08:24:31 PM »
July 2, 2022

Question: I was at a public event where an organization was giving out a desert tortoise care sheet with instructions on how to care for one as a pet. Isn’t the desert tortoise a protected species?

Answer: Yes, the desert tortoise is listed as a threatened species under the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, and is currently under consideration for uplisting to endangered in California. It is illegal to remove desert tortoises from the wild, but some people had pet desert tortoises before the law was enacted. Possession of a desert tortoise requires a permit and a permit sticker from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)—which is how wildlife officers would determine whether a desert tortoise is legally possessed.

Once in captivity as a pet, desert tortoises can never be released back into the wild because they frequently contract a respiratory disease that can decimate the already dwindling wild populations. For this reason, pet tortoises that were abandoned can sometimes be legally re-homed. More information can be found on the California Turtle and Tortoise Club website(opens in new tab).

June 3, 2022

The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex in Gardnerville, Nev., began stocking 100,000 catchable, Lahontan cutthroat trout into Lake Tahoe June 1 and will continue stocking throughout the summer as conditions allow.

The stocking is part of a multiagency and tribal cooperative effort to reintroduce the Tahoe Basin’s native trout species and expand recreational fishing opportunities to anglers. The partners involved are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (USDA LTBMU), Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

The reintroduction of Lahontan cutthroat trout has biological and recreational importance as well as significant cultural value to the Washoe Tribe. As the original stewards of Lahontan cutthroat trout, the Washoe Tribe has been an important stakeholder and partner since the beginning of reintroduction in the Tahoe Basin. The tribe has always been supportive of the restoration projects within Washoe ancestral lands.

The fish will be stocked at various, publicly accessible locations in both the California and Nevada portions of the lake. Approximately 20 percent of the trout will be tagged to help biologists evaluate the success of the stocking effort along with the growth, survival, and distribution of the fish.

Anglers are required to follow all fishing regulations (see Sport Fishing Regulations below) and encouraged to report any tagged fish they catch by calling the phone number on the tag, (775) 861-6355. Over time, stocking will inform conservation and recreation strategies in the reintroduction of this native strain of the fish into its historic habitat.

Lahontan cutthroat trout have been stocked intermittently in Lake Tahoe since 2011, although in smaller numbers. They are the only trout native to the Tahoe Basin and the largest cutthroat trout species in the world. The fish being stocked are the Pilot Peak strain of the species, which is known for its fast growth rate and achieving exceptional size. The Pilot Peak strain is also found in Nevada’s Pyramid Lake, which attracts anglers from around the world hoping to catch one of the lake’s giant Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Lahontan cutthroat trout are listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Their original listing in 1970 predates the modern act itself, which was passed in 1973. The native trout eventually disappeared from Lake Tahoe due to overfishing, damage to spawning tributaries caused by pollution, logging, water diversions, and the introduction of nonnative species. Federal and state efforts are underway throughout the fish’s native range in California and Nevada to restore the species and its habitat.

While this summer’s stocking may inform future restoration efforts, it is an initiative to expand recreational trout fishing opportunities for the public, enhance the near-shore fishery, and to foster an appreciation for this iconic native species.

Sport Fishing Regulations

Anyone 16 years or older fishing anywhere in Lake Tahoe must possess either a valid California sport fishing license or a valid Nevada fishing license. Either state’s license is valid around the entire shore of Lake Tahoe. Anglers fishing the California portion of Lake Tahoe may fish year-round and are allowed a limit of five trout per day and a 10 trout possession limit (California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations, section 5.85).

Anglers fishing the Nevada portion of the lake may fish year-round and are allowed a limit of five total game fish species in possession (2022 Nevada Fishing Regulations, pages 44-45). Anglers are strongly advised to consult either the 2021-2022 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF) or the 2022 Nevada Fishing Regulations (PDF) for specific regulations for the Lake Tahoe portions of each state.

CA Regulations / Fund-raising tags
« on: May 22, 2022, 06:17:42 PM »
May 19, 2022

Question: Last year, hunters could apply for a draw for several premium big game tags that aren’t usually available to the public. This year, I haven’t heard anything about that opportunity. Did the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) stop doing this? What happened to the premium fundraising tags?

Answer: CDFW has authority to make special big game tags for deer, elk, desert bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope available for the purpose of raising funds for programs and projects that benefit big game species. These fundraising tags have historically been available through two processes: auctions conducted by nonprofit organizations to raise funds on behalf of CDFW, and through random draw raffle in the CDFW licensing system.

Nonprofits compete for the tags made available through a solicitation by submitting an application to CDFW. The nonprofits that are awarded tags can then auction or raffle the tags to raise funds on behalf of CDFW for projects and programs that benefit big game species. These tags are very popular at their fundraising dinners and other events, often drawing many bidders and bringing in many thousands of dollars. The nonprofit is allowed to retain five percent of the amount. The remainder is returned to CDFW and deposited into the Big Game Management Account to support big game conservation.

Several of these premium fundraising tags have also been made available to members of the public through the CDFW licensing system, through purchase of a random draw opportunity. Last year, the application fee for an opportunity to win one of the fundraising tags was $7.01. In 2021, the number of fundraising tags available through CDFW was unprecedented because of nonprofits having to cancel events due to the pandemic.

This year, all the fundraising tags were made available to nonprofits who are returning to normal operations and scheduling their in-person fundraising events to support their conservation work. Although the direct-to-the-public option is not available this year, we recognize that there is much interest in bringing this option back. CDFW is looking into this possibility and feasibility to make it a regular, annual option.

CA Regulations / Native plants
« on: May 22, 2022, 06:17:19 PM »
May 19, 2022

Question: What kind of work does CDFW’s Native Plant Program do?

Answer: The Native Plant Program(opens in new tab) is a component of CDFW’s Habitat Conservation Planning Branch(opens in new tab). The program coordinates CDFW’s statewide plant conservation efforts, issues scientific, educational and management permits(opens in new tab) for state-listed plants, manages grants for plant research and conservation through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (section 6) of the federal Endangered Species Act, evaluates petitions(opens in new tab) to protect plant species under the California Endangered Species Act and provides education and outreach regarding California’s native plants.

CA Regulations / Mussel stickers
« on: May 22, 2022, 06:16:58 PM »
May 19, 2022

Question: I went to renew my boat registration for an upcoming fishing trip on the Delta and found out I had to pay an extra $16 for a new invasive mussel sticker. What gives?

Answer: Neither the sticker nor the fee is new. What is new is the process for acquiring the Mussel Fee Sticker to place on your boat.

Prior to September 2021, boat owners simply purchased their Mussel Fee Sticker either from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or a third party and within the same transaction as their boat registration renewal. Beginning in September 2021, the Mussel Fee Sticker must be purchased directly from DMV and through a separate transaction. This process was changed to align with federal requirements. Boat owners can purchase the Mussel Fee Sticker directly from DMV’s website at dmv.ca.gov/musselfee(opens in new tab) or through their local DMV office.

The Mussel Fee Sticker – also known as the Quagga Sticker – funds statewide quagga and zebra mussel prevention efforts. Recreational boat owners are required to purchase and display a current sticker if their boat will be used in fresh water. This includes inland waterways, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. DMV will provide two stickers at the time of purchase, one for each side of the boat’s hull. Unless used exclusively in marine (salt) waters or specifically exempted by law, owners of motorized recreational vessels used in freshwater are mandated to display a current sticker.

Quagga and zebra mussels pose serious risks and costs to you as a recreational boat owner. The mussels can block your boat’s engine and cause overheating, increase the drag on the bottom of your boat and jam your boat’s steering equipment. The spread of these invasive freshwater mussels also threatens aquatic ecosystems and the fisheries so many anglers enjoy.

In addition to purchasing the Mussel Fee Sticker, boaters can contribute to prevention efforts by making sure to clean, drain and dry their vessels. For more information, please see CDFW’s news release on boat registration and mussel stickers(opens in new tab). California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways has a helpful Frequently Asked Questions document(opens in new tab) online about the new process.

CA Regulations / Fishing Guide
« on: May 06, 2022, 10:09:59 AM »
May 5, 2022

Question: Does CDFW offer online fishing resources for new anglers?

Answer: CDFW’s online Fishing Guide is a great tool to help new and experienced anglers plan their fishing activities. The guide can be used to identify historically good locations to fish, and to see which species of fish are available to catch in waterbodies statewide. Additional features include planting schedules for CDFW-stocked lakes and ponds, as well as boat launches/ramps, locations of license sales agents and fishing regulations. The guide can also be used to identify locations of Marine Protected Areas and quagga mussel-infested waters. CDFW’s Recruit, Retain, Reactivate (R3) team has a wealth of resources available on the R3 webpage, including how-to videos (R3H3), recipes and tips for cleaning your catch. For ocean fishing, CDFW’s Ocean Sport Fishing Interactive Web Map shows both fishing regulations and Marine Protected Area boundaries in relation to your location when used with a smart phone. The Marine Species Portal provides pictures, life history, and other information for a large number of ocean fish and invertebrates. Visit CDFW’s Fishing in California webpage and Fishing in the City program for additional resources.

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