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2017-2018 Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations

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Effective March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 unless otherwise noted herein.

∞ Note: red text and "∞" symbol indicate regulations that have changed for 2017-2018. ∞

Chapter 1. General Provisions and Definitions

All laws or regulations below are either reproduced verbatim from the Fish and Game Code or from Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), as adopted by the Fish and Game Commission under authority of the Fish and Game Code.

1.04. ANADROMOUS WATERS.

Anadromous waters are inland waters that are accessible to fish migrating from the ocean.

1.05. ANGLING.

Angling means take of fish by hook and line with the line held in the hand, or with the line attached to a pole or rod held in the hand or closely attended in such manner that the fish voluntarily takes the bait or lure inside its mouth.

1.08. ARTIFICIAL FLY.

Any fly constructed by the method known as fly tying.

1.11. ARTIFICIAL LURE.

An artificial lure is a man-made lure or fly designed to attract fish. This definition does not include scented or flavored artificial baits.

1.14. AUTHORIZATION FOR TAKING FISH.

Fish, amphibians, reptiles, mollusks and crustaceans may be taken only in the amounts, only during the open season and only with the gear authorized and shall not be taken otherwise.

1.17. BAG AND POSSESSION LIMIT.

No more than one daily bag limit of each kind of fish, amphibian, reptile, mollusk or crustacean named in these regulations may be taken or possessed by any one person unless otherwise authorized; regardless of whether they are fresh, frozen, or otherwise preserved. Exceptions: See Sections 7.00, 7.50(a), 27.60(c), and 195, Title 14, CCR.

1.19. BARBLESS HOOK.

A fish hook from which the barb or barbs have been removed or completely bent closed, or which is manufactured without barbs.

1.20. BLACK BASS.

Includes largemouth, small mouth, redeye and spotted bass.

1.23. BOW AND ARROW FISHING TACKLE.

Such tackle must have the arrow shaft or the point, or both, attached by a line to the bow or to a fishing reel (includes crossbow).

1.24. BULLFROG.

Includes only Rana catesbeiana.

1.26. BULLHEAD.

Includes brown, black and yellow bullhead.

1.29. CATFISH.

Includes channel, white, blue and flathead catfish.

1.32. CHUMMING.

Placing any material in the water, other than on a hook while angling, for the purpose of attracting fish to a particular area in order that they may be taken.

1.35. CLOSED OR CLOSURE.

Refers to waters or areas closed to all fishing unless otherwise authorized.

1.38. CLOSED SEASON.

That period during which the taking of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mollusks or crustaceans is prohibited.

1.41. DATES.

Dates of seasons and closures are inclusive.

1.42. DIP NET.

Webbing supported by a frame, and hand held, not more than six feet in greatest dimension, excluding handle.

1.44. DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN LAKE AND STREAM.

The mouth of the stream at the existing level of the lake surface. Stream regulations apply to parts of streams in the exposed beds of partially empty lakes.

1.45. FILLETING OF SALMONIDS IN INLAND WATERS.

Except as otherwise required, all salmon and steelhead taken in inland anadromous waters where a sport fishing license is required, must be kept in such a condition that species and size can be determined until placed at the angler’s permanent residence, a commercial preservation facility or being prepared for immediate consumption.  Also when required, the presence or absence of a healed adipose fin scar must be able to be determined until placed at the anglers permanent residence, a commercial preservation facility, or being prepared for immediate consumption. 

  • (a) Exceptions:
    • (1) Chinook salmon taken from July 1 through December 31 in the following areas:
      • (A) The main stem of the American and Feather rivers.
      • (B) The main stem of the Sacramento River between the Deschutes Road Bridge and Tower Bridge.
  • (b) Definitions
    • (1) Personal residence is defined as one’s principal or ordinary home or dwelling place, as distinguished from one’s temporary or transient place of residence or dwelling such as a cabin, tent, trailer house, recreational vehicle, or any hotel, motel or rooming house used during a fishing, pleasure or business trip.
    • (2) Commercial preservation facility is defined as any person who at their residence or place of business and for hire or compensation cleans or processes fish for another person, or any taxidermist, cold-storage facility or locker plant which for hire or other compensation processes or stores fish.
      • (A) Licensed fishing guides are considered a person at their place of business processing fish pursuant to this section and are required to maintain a guide trip log with client and catch information pursuant to subsection 745(e) of these regulations.

1.46. FINFISH DEFINED.

Finfish are defined as any species of bony fish or cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates and rays). Finfish do not include amphibians, invertebrates, plants or algae.

∞1.53. Inland Waters.

Inland waters are all the fresh, brackish and inland saline waters of the state, including lagoons and tidewaters upstream from the mouths of coastal rivers and streams. Inland waters exclude the waters of San Francisco Bay and the waters of Elkhorn Slough, west of Elkhorn Road between Castroville and Watsonville. See Section 27.00 for the description of San Francisco Bay.

1.54. INLAND SPORT FISHING DISTRICTS.

Inland Sport Fishing Districts are defined in Sections 6.31 to 6.37 of these regulations.

1.56. LAKE.

Includes natural lakes or man-made reservoirs.

1.57. LANDLOCKED SALMON.

Landlocked salmon includes kokanee and landlocked Chinook salmon.

1.59. LIMIT.

Refers to daily bag limit and possession limit per person, or boat limit authorized in Sections 27.60(c) and 195, Title 14, CCR.   

1.60. LURE.

A manufactured article or object equipped with one or more hooks designed to attract or catch fish.

1.61. NON-BUOYANT LURE.

Any lure that sinks in freshwater.

1.62. MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM SIZE.

No fish, mollusks or crustaceans less than the legal minimum size or greater than the maximum legal size (total, fork or alternate) may be possessed, except as otherwise provided. Total length is the longest straight-line measurement from the tip of the head to the end of the longest lobe of the tail. Fork length is the straight-line distance from the tip of the head to the center of the tail fin. Tip of the head shall be the most anterior point on the fish with the mouth closed and the fish lying flat on its side. Alternate length is the straight-line distance from the base of the foremost spine of the first dorsal fin to the end of the longest lobe of the tail. Unless otherwise provided, all fish, mollusks or crustaceans less than the legal minimum size or greater than the maximum legal size must be returned immediately to the water from which they were taken.

1.63. MOVEMENT OF LIVE FISH.

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.

1.65. MULTIPLE HOOK.

A hook with two or more points.

1.67. NATIVE REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS.

Native reptiles and amphibians are those subspecies, and species, including all color phases, of the classes Reptilia and Amphibia indigenous to California.  This definition includes all specimens regardless of their origin even if they were produced in captivity.

 1.68. OPEN SEASON.

That period of time during which the taking of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mollusks and crustaceans is authorized.

1.70. OPENING DATE AND BAG LIMIT FOR BOUNDARY WATERS.

Waters, exclusive of their tributaries, on the boundary between areas or districts with different opening dates or limits shall open on the earlier date and have the larger limit unless otherwise specified.

1.71. SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN RIVER DELTA.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta includes all rivers, sloughs, canals, cuts, forebays, and flooded islands within the area south of Interstate 80 to its junction with Highway 50, and south of Highway 50 via the Pioneer Bridge to its junction with Highway 99, west of Highway 99, north of Interstate 580, 205, and Highway 120, and east of Interstate 680.

1.72. STREAM (INCLUDES CREEKS AND RIVERS).

A stream is a body of water that flows at least periodically or intermittently through a bed or channel having banks and supports fish or other aquatic life. This includes watercourses having a surface or subsurface flow that supports or has supported riparian vegetation.

1.73. SALMON.

Includes Chinook, coho, pink, chum and sockeye salmon.

1.74. SPORT FISHING REPORT CARD AND TAGGING REQUIREMENTS.

  • (a) Purpose. These regulations are designed to improve recreational fishing effort and catch information in some or all areas where the fisheries operate. Many of these species are of high commercial value, and therefore, additional enforcement mechanisms are needed to improve compliance with existing bag limits and other regulations, and to reduce the potential for poaching.
  • (b) Report card requirements apply to any person fishing for or taking the following species regardless of whether a sport fishing license is required:
    • (1) Salmon, in the anadromous waters of the Klamath, Trinity, and Smith river basins. Anadromous waters are defined in Section 1.04 of these regulations.
    • (2) Steelhead trout.
    • (3) White sturgeon.
    • (4) Red abalone.
    • (5) California spiny lobster.
  • (c) General Report Card Requirements.
    • (1) Any person fishing for or taking any of the species identified in this Section shall have in his immediate possession a valid non-transferable report card issued by the department for the particular species. See special exemption regarding possession of report cards for lobster divers in Section 29.91 of these regulations.
    • (2) All entries made on any report card or tag shall be legible and in indelible ink.
    • (3) A report card holder fishing with a one, two, or ten-day sport fishing license, may replace the expired fishing license without purchasing a new report card so long as the report card is still valid.
    • (4) Report cards are not transferable and shall not be transferred to another person. No person shall possess any report card other than his own.
    • (5) A person may only obtain one abalone report card and one sturgeon report card per report card period.
    • (6) Any report card holder who fills in all available lines on his steelhead, salmon or lobster report card shall return or report the card to the department pursuant to subsection 1.74(e) prior to purchasing a second card.
    • (7) Data recording and tagging procedures vary between report cards and species. See specific regulations in sections 5.79, 5.87, 5.88, 27.92, 29.16, and 29.91 that apply in addition to the regulations of this Section.
  • (d) Report Card Return and Reporting Requirements
    • (1) Report card holders shall return or report their salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, or abalone report cards to the department pursuant to subsection 1.74(e) by January 31 of the following year.
      • (A) Any report card holder who fails to return or report his salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, or abalone report card to the department by the deadline may be restricted from obtaining the same card in a subsequent license year or may be subject to an additional fee for the issuance of the same card in a subsequent license year.
    • (2) Report card holders shall return or report their lobster report cards pursuant to subsection 1.74(e) by April 30 following the close of the lobster season for which the card was issued.
      • (A) Any report card holder who fails to return or report his or her lobster report card by April 30 following the close of the lobster season specified on the card shall be subject to a nonrefundable non-return fee specified in Section 701, in addition to the annual report card fee, for the issuance of a lobster report card in the subsequent fishing season.
  • (e) Report Card Return and Reporting Mechanisms:
    • (1) By mail or in person at the address specified on the card. A report card returned by mail shall be postmarked by the date applicable to that card as specified in subsection 1.74(d)(1) or 1.74(d)(2).
    • (2) Online through the department's license sales service website by the date applicable to that card as specified in subsection 1.74(d)(1) or 1.74(d)(2).
    • (3) If a report card is submitted by mail and not received by the department, it is considered not returned unless the report card holder reports his or her report card as lost pursuant to subsection 1.74(f).
  • (f) Lost report cards.
    • (1) Any report card holder who loses his report card shall submit an affidavit, signed under penalty of perjury, in person to a department license sales office containing all of the following information:
      • (A) A statement containing the report card holder's full name confirming that the originally issued report card cannot be recovered.
      • (B) A statement containing the report card holder's best recollection of the prior catch records that were entered on the report card that was lost.
      • (C) A statement describing the factual circumstances surrounding the loss of the card.
    • (2) An affidavit for a lost report card shall be presented at a department license sales office, by the date applicable to that card specified in subsection 1.74(d)(1) or 1.74(d)(2) to be considered returned.
    • (3) Notwithstanding subsection 1.74(c)(5), any report card holder who loses his report card during the period for which it is valid may replace the lost report card by submitting an affidavit as described in subsection 1.74(f)(1) and payment of the report card fee and replacement processing fee specified in Section 701.
      • (A) Based on the information provided in the written affidavit for abalone and sturgeon report cards, the department shall issue only the number of tags that were reported unused on the previously issued report card.

1.75. SALMON SPAWNING AREAS.

No salmon may be taken or possessed on any salmon spawning area when it is closed to salmon fishing.

1.76. SPEARFISHING.

The taking of fish by spear or hand by persons who are in the water and may be using underwater goggles, face plates, breathing tubes, SCUBA or other artificial underwater breathing device.

1.77. SUNFISH.

Includes bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, pumpkinseed, warmouth, and Sacramento perch.

1.80. TAKE.

Hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill fish, amphibians, reptiles, mollusks, crustaceans or invertebrates or attempting to do so.

1.86. TROUT.

Trout includes all trouts, chars, steelhead, and grayling.

1.87. WASTE OF FISH.

It is unlawful to cause or permit any deterioration or waste of any fish taken in the waters of this state.

1.93. WEIGHT

Any object directly or indirectly attached to a fishing line with the purpose of casting or sinking a lure or bait.

Chapter 2. Statewide Regulations for Fishing and Frogging in Inland Waters

Article 1. Fishing Methods and Gear Restrictions

2.00.  Fishing Methods--General.

  • (a) Except as otherwise authorized, all fish may be taken only by angling with one closely attended rod and line or one hand line with not more than three hooks nor more than three artificial lures (each lure may have three hooks attached) attached thereto. Anglers in possession of a valid two-rod stamp and anglers under 16 years of age may use up to two rods in inland waters which regulations provide for the taking of fish by angling, except those waters in which only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used.  See District Trout, Salmon and Special regulations for exceptions.
  • (b) Snagging is prohibited.  Snagging is defined as impaling or attempting to impale a fish in any part of its body other than inside the mouth by use of a hook, hooks, gaff, or other mechanical implement.  This definition does not include activities otherwise authorized under these regulations for the lawful use of a gaff, bow and arrow, or spear.
  • (c) It is unlawful to kill, or retain in possession any fish which has not voluntarily taken the bait or artificial lure inside its mouth.  Any fish not taken pursuant to these regulations, shall be released immediately back into the water.

2.06. Use of Gaffs.

No person shall possess or use a gaff in inland waters, except that a gaff three feet or less in length may be used to land legal-sized fish only by anglers fishing from a boat in the Sacramento River main stem below Deschutes Road Bridge.

2.08. Special Fishing Methods and Bag Limits --Barrett and Upper Otay Lakes, San Diego County.

The following fishing methods restrictions and bag limits apply to Barrett Lake and Upper Otay Lake:

  • (a) Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.
  • (b) The bag limit for all species is zero.

2.09. Possession of Illegal Gear.

Except as otherwise provided, no person shall use or possess, except in his or her home, any landing gear, any nets, except standard landing-type dip nets not exceeding 36 inches in diameter across the net opening and 60 inches in net length/depth, excluding handle, gaffs or spears within 100 yards of any canal, river, stream, lake or reservoir. Non-electronic underwater viewing devices may not be used for taking fish except under the provisions of Section 2.30.

2.10. Hook and Weight Restrictions.

  • (a) Definition of Gap:  For the purposes of this section, “gap” means the distance measured from the point of a hook to the shank.
  • (b) Maximum Gaps and Gear Rigging for Rivers and Streams unless otherwise provided (does not apply to lakes and reservoirs, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (see Section 1.71 for definition of the Delta), and the Colorado River).
    • 1. No person shall use any single hook with a gap greater than 1 inch or any multiple hook with a gap greater than 3/4 inch.
    • 2. It is unlawful to use any hook which is directly or indirectly attached closer than 18 inches to any weight exceeding 1/2 ounce.
    • 3. It is unlawful to use any multiple hook or more than one single hook on non-buoyant lures exceeding one ounce.
    • 4. It is unlawful to use any weight directly attached below a hook.
  • (c)  Maximum Gaps for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (see Section 1.71 for definition of the Delta).
    • 1.  No person shall use any single hook with a gap greater than 1 inch or any multiple hook with a gap greater than 3/4 inch.

2.12. Special Fishing Methods-Shasta County.

  • (a) In all waters of the Fall River Valley downstream from Thousand Springs Road, in the Pit River from the confluence with the Fall River downstream to Lake Britton, and in Hat Creek from Hat No. 2 Powerhouse downstream to Lake Britton, western suckers may be taken by hand or hand-thrown spears only by enrolled members of the Pit River Tribe.
  • (b) Open Season: January 1 through April 15.
  • (c) No fish other than western suckers may be speared, and all fish other than western suckers captured by hand must be immediately returned live to the water.
  • (d) No other fish may be possessed along with western suckers as part of a mixed bag.

2.15. Use of Lights.

Lights may be used when fishing at night when and where such fishing is permitted. Lights may be used on or as part of any fishing tackle (this supersedes Section 2005 of the Fish and Game Code).

2.20. Fishing Beneath Ice.

Fish may be taken beneath the ice during the open season for that water.  

2.25. Bow and Arrow Fishing.

Bow and arrow fishing is permitted only for the taking of carp, goldfish, western sucker, Sacramento blackfish, hardhead, Sacramento pikeminnow and lamprey, all year, except in:

  • (a) Designated salmon spawning areas (See Fish and Game Code Section 1505).
  • (b) The Colorado River District where only carp, tilapia, goldfish and mullet may be taken.
  • (c) See bullfrogs (section 5.05).
  • (d) The East Fork of the Walker River between Bridgeport Dam and the Nevada State line where only carp may be taken.

2.30. Spearfishing.

Spearfishing is permitted only in:

  • (a) The Colorado River District for carp, tilapia, goldfish and mullet, all year.
  • (b) The Valley District and Black Butte Lake (Tehama County) for carp, tilapia, goldfish, striped bass, western sucker, Sacramento blackfish, hardhead, Sacramento pikeminnow and lamprey, from May 1 through September 15, except that no spearfishing is permitted in:
    • (1) Shasta County (see Section 2.12).
    • (2) Tehama County except Black Butte Lake.
    • (3) Butte Creek (Butte Co.).
    • (4) Feather River below Oroville Dam (Butte Co.).
    • (5) Designated salmon spawning areas (See Fish and Game Code Section 1505).
  • (c) The Kern River from the Kern-Tulare county line upstream to the Johnsondale Bridge for carp, goldfish, western sucker, hardhead and Sacramento pikeminnow, from May 1 through September 15.
  • (d) See bullfrogs (Section 5.05).

2.35. Taking Fish near Dams, Fishways, Screens and Egg-Taking Stations.

No fish may be taken within 250 feet of: 

  • (a) Any fishway or any egg-taking station. 
  • (b) Any dam or any weir or rack which has a fishway or an egg-taking station. 
  • (c) The upstream side of any fish screen. 

Fish may be taken upstream or downstream from any dam that does not have a fishway or egg-taking station (this supersedes Section 5502 of the Fish and Game Code).

2.40. Chumming.

Chumming is permitted only in:

  • (a) The Colorado River District, but only the approved bait fishes for this District may be used as chum (see Section 4.15) except in the Salton Sea where corn may also be used.
  • (b) Carquinez Strait and Suisun Bay and their tributaries and saltwater tributaries.
  • (c) Sacramento River and tidewater of tributaries downstream from Interstate 80 bridge.
  • (d) San Joaquin River and tidewater of tributaries downstream from Interstate 5 bridge.

2.45. Computer Assisted Remote Fishing.

  • (a) It is unlawful to take or assist in the taking of any fish in or from this state, by computer-assisted remote fishing.
  • (b) It is unlawful to establish or operate a computer-assisted remote fishing site for the purpose of taking any fish from or within this state.
  • (c) For the purposes of this section, “computer-assisted remote fishing” means the use of a computer or any other remotely controlled device, equipment, software, or technology, to remotely control the aiming or discharge of any weapon, including, but not limited to, any firearm, bow and arrow, spear, harpoon or any other weapon capable of killing or injuring any fish, for the purposes of taking any fish.
  • (d) For the purposes of this section, “computer-assisted remote fishing site” means any computer, internet site or web-based device or system, or other electronically operated site or system used to assist in the remote taking fish

Article 2.  Fishing Hours

3.00. Fishing Hours.

  • (a)  Day Defined: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Remaining hours are night.
  • (b)  All fish may be taken day or night, except as follows:
    • (1) WATERS WITH RESTRICTED FISHING HOURS FOR ALL SPECIES:
      • (A) American River between Business 80 and Nimbus Dam (Sacramento Co.): Night fishing prohibited
      • (B) Heenan Lake, (Alpine Co.): See Section 7.50(b)(76)(A).
      • (C) Mono County: Night fishing is prohibited in all Mono County waters except Topaz Lake, where fishing is prohibited from two hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
      • (D) Tahoe Lake (Placer and El Dorado cos.): Fishing is prohibited from two hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
    • (2) WATERS WHERE NIGHT AND DAY FISHING IS ALLOWED, BUT NO TROUT OR SALMON MAY BE TAKEN AT NIGHT:
      • (A) North Coast District.
      • (B) North Central District, all waters except Berryessa Lake (Napa Co.) and Mendocino Lake (Mendocino Co.)
      • (C) South Central District, all waters except Coyote Lake (Santa Clara Co.)
      • (D) Valley District, north of Interstate 80, all waters except Camp Far West Lake (Nevada, Placer, and Yuba counties), Collins Lake (Yuba Co.), Oroville Lake (Butte Co.), and Wildwood Lake (Nevada Co.).
      • (E) Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Tehama counties.

Article 3. Bait Regulations for Inland Waters

4.00. Bait-General.

Legally acquired and possessed invertebrates, mollusks, crustaceans, amphibians (except salamanders), fish eggs and treated and processed foods may be used for bait, except:

  • (a) No species specified as endangered, threatened, candidate, fully-protected, or otherwise protected under state and federal law may be used as bait.
  • (b) No salamander may be used as bait. See section 5.05 for other amphibians that may be used as bait.
  • (c) See Section 5.35 for restrictions on crayfish;
  • (d) See Section 7.50(b)(74) for restriction on bait collecting in Hat Creek;
  • (e) No trout may be maintained or possessed in a live condition in any container on or attached to any boat;
  • (f) Except for restrictions listed under special regulations, dead ocean fish may be used as bait statewide. This section supersedes the provisions of sections 4.10, 4.15, 4.20, 4.25 and 4.30.

4.05.  Bait Fish Capture Methods.

  • (a) Approved bait fish may be taken only by hand, with a dip net not exceeding 36 inches in greatest dimension, excluding handle, or with traps not over three feet in greatest dimension. Such bait fish may not be purchased, bartered, sold, transferred or traded; or transported alive from the location where taken. Any other species taken shall be returned to the water immediately. Traps need not be closely attended. Dip net use: A dip net must be hand held, and the motion of a dip net shall be caused only by the physical effort of the operator. A dip net may not be moved through the water by any mechanical force or motorized device.
  • (b) Within the area bounded by Highway 111 on the north and east and Highway 86 on the west and south, approved bait fish may be taken only with dip nets with diagonal mesh size one inch and greater, or by traps in water greater than four feet in depth. Traps may not exceed three feet in greatest dimension.  Approved bait fish may not be taken by hand within this area.

4.10. Bait Fish Use in the Southern District.

Except as provided below, live or dead fin fish shall not be used or possessed for use as bait in the Southern District:

  • (a) Dead threadfin shad and live or dead longjaw mudsucker may be used in all Southern District waters.
  • (b) Live threadfin shad may be used only at the location where taken.
  • (c) Golden shiner and red shiner may be used in San Diego County.

4.15. Bait Fish Use in the Colorado River District.

Except as provided below, live or dead fin fish shall not be used or possessed for use as bait in the Colorado River District:

  • (a) Live or dead golden shiner, fathead minnow, red shiner, mosquitofish, longjaw mudsucker, threadfin shad, goldfish, sunfish, molly, and dead carp may be used in all Colorado River District waters.
  • (b) Live carp may be used only at the location where taken.
  • (c) Tilapia may be used in the Salton Sea, and may be taken for bait only within the area bounded by Highway 111 on the north and east and Highway 86 on the west and south (except as in subsection (d) below.
  • (d) Tilapia may be taken and used for bait in the Colorado River and its associated backwaters only within the area bounded by Palo Verde Diversion Dam south to the Morelos Dam.

4.20. Bait Fish Use in the Valley and South Central Districts.

Except as provided below, live or dead fin fish shall not be used or possessed for use as bait in the Valley or South Central District:

  • (a) Live or dead golden shiner, fathead minnow, mosquitofish, longjaw mudsucker, and staghorn sculpin, and dead threadfin shad, Mississippi silverside and lamprey may be used in all Valley and South Central District waters except those listed in subsection (f) below.
  • (b) Red shiner may be used only in the Valley District north of Interstate 580 and Highway 132.
  • (c) Yellowfin gobies may be used in the Valley District only in those areas described in subsections (d)(1)-(3) below.
  • (d) In addition, except for trout and salmon, fin fish lawfully taken in the following waters by angling or with bait fish methods approved in Section 4.05 may be used, only in the waters where taken:
    • (1) Carquinez Strait and Suisun Bay and their tributaries and saltwater tributaries.
    • (2) Sacramento River and tidewater of tributaries downstream from the Highway 32 bridge near Hamilton City, Feather River downstream from the Oroville Hatchery Fish Barrier Dam, and American River downstream from Nimbus Dam.
    • (3) San Joaquin River and tidewater of tributaries downstream from Interstate 5 bridge.
  • (e) Live threadfin shad, Mississippi silverside and lamprey may be used only at the location where taken.
  • (f) Fin fish may not be used in Keller Lake (Glenn Co.), Letts Lake (Colusa Co.), Merced Lake (San Francisco Co.), Upper and Lower Plaskett Meadow Ponds (Glenn Co.), Whale Rock Reservoir (San Luis Obispo Co.).

4.25. Bait Fish Use in the North Central District.

Except as provided below, live or dead fin fish shall not be used or possessed for use as bait in the North Central District:

  • (a) Golden shiner, fathead minnow, red shiner, mosquitofish, longjaw mudsucker and staghorn sculpin may be used in Napa and Sonoma counties, in Marin County except for Stafford Lake, in Lake County except for the Eel River and its tributaries, and in Lake Mendocino (Mendocino Co.).
  • (b) Live threadfin shad, Mississippi silverside and lamprey may be used only at the location where taken.

4.30. Bait Fish Use in the Sierra and North Coast Districts.

Except as provided below, live or dead fin fish shall not be used or possessed for use as bait in the Sierra and North Coast Districts.

  • (a) In Donner, Fallen Leaf and Tahoe lakes Lahontan redside, tui chub, Tahoe sucker, Lahontan speckled dace, mountain sucker and Paiute sculpin may be used only in the same lake where taken.
  • (b) In Shasta Lake only golden shiner, red shiner, fathead minnows, mosquitofish and threadfin shad may be used or possessed for use as bait.
  • (c) Crayfish shall not be used for bait in the Pit River and all tributaries between Pit 3 Dam (Lake Britton) and the Fall River-Cassel Road Bridge at Fall River Mills, California (includes Hat Creek and Fall River and their tributaries).

Article 4. Species Regulations

5.00. Black Bass.

It is unlawful to take or possess black bass except as provided below:

(Note:  Some waters are closed to all fishing under Section 7.50.)

  • (a) General Statewide Restrictions:
    • (1) Lakes/Reservoirs and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta:  The following waters, except for those listed in subsection (b) Special Regulations (below), are open to fishing all year, with a 12-inch minimum size limit and a five-fish daily bag limit:  All lakes and reservoirs in the State, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, (see Section 1.71 for definition of the Delta).
    • (2) Rivers/Streams and Private Ponds: Rivers, streams, canals, and lakes or ponds entirely on private lands,  which are not listed in subsection (b) Special Regulations (below), are open all year with no size limit and a five-fish daily bag limit.
  • (b) Special Regulations: Counties and individual waters listed below are those having regulations different from the General Statewide Restrictions in subsection (a) (above).
DISTRICTS AND COUNTIES WITH SPECIAL BLACK BASS REGULATIONS
Area or Body of Water  Open  Season Size (total length)  Bag  Limit
(1)  Colorado River District: All waters (Bag and size limits conform with Arizona regulations.) All year. 13-inch minimum. 6
(2)  Inyo County: all streams east of Highway 395 from the southern Inyo County line north to the junction of Highway 6 and east of Highway 6 to the Mono County line. All year. 12-inch minimum. 5
The remaining streams of Inyo County, except those waters listed in sections 7.50(b)(82) and 7.50(b)(134). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 12-inch minimum. 5
All lakes, Big Pine Canal, Fish Spring Canal, and Millpond. All year 12-inch minimum. 5
(3)  Lassen County: all waters. All year. No size limit. 5
(4)  Modoc County: all waters except Dorris and Big Sage Reservoirs (see subsection (a)(1)). All year. No size limit. 10
(5)  Mono County: all waters, except for Fish Slough (see subsection (b)(16)) and those waters listed as closed to all fishing in Section 7.50. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No size limit. 5
(6)  Plumas County: all waters. All year. No size limit. 5
(7)  Shasta County: all lakes except Britton, Shasta and Whiskeytown lakes (see subsection (a)(1) and Big Lake (see subsection (b)(9)). All year. No size limit. 5
INDIVIDUAL BODIES OF WATER WITH SPECIAL BLACK BASS REGULATIONS
Area or Body of Water Open Season Size (total length) Bag Limit
(8)  Barrett Lake (San Diego County).     (Also see Section 2.08) All year. No black bass shall be possessed. 0
(9) Big Lake (Shasta County) (Also see Section 7.00(b)(4)). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15 12-inch minimum 5
Nov. 16 through last Friday in Apr. No black bass shall be possessed. 0
(10) Casitas Lake (Ventura County). All year. 12-inch minimum. No more than one over 22 inches. 5
(11) Castaic Lake (Los Angeles County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 5
(12) Cuyamaca Lake (San Diego County). All year. No size limit. No smallmouth bass shall be possessed. 5
(13) Diamond Valley Lake (Riverside County) All year. Largemouth bass 15-inch minimum. No smallmouth bass shall be possessed 5
(14)  Eastman Lake (Madera and Mariposa Cos.) (Note: See Section 7.50(b)(62) for special area closures). All year. 22-inch minimum. 1
(15)  El Capitan Reservoir (San Diego County). All year. 12-inch minimum. 5
(16)  Fish Slough (Mono County), except the fenced portions of Fish Slough within Owens Valley Native Fishes Sanctuaries and BLM Spring, which are closed to all fishing all year. All year. No size limit. 5
(17) Hensley Lake (Madera County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(18) Hodges Lake (San Diego County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 5
(19) Isabella Lake (Kern County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(20) Kaweah Reservoir (Tulare County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(21) Lett’s Lake (Colusa County). All year. No size limit. 5
(22) Perris Lake (Riverside County) All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(23) Plaskett Meadows lakes, upper and lower (Glenn County). All year. No size limit. 5
(24) Shaver Lake (Fresno County). All year. No size limit. 5
(25) Silverwood Lake (San Bernardino County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(26) Skinner Lake (Riverside County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(27) Success Reservoir (Tulare County). All year. 15-inch minimum. 2
(28) Trinity Lake (Trinity County). Mar. 1 through May 31. 12-inch minimum. 2
June 1 through last day in Feb. 12-inch minimum. 5
(29) Trout Lake (Siskiyou County). Only weekends and Wednesdays from last Sat. in Apr. through Sept. 30. 22-inch minimum.
Only artificial lures may be used.
1
(30) Upper Otay Lake (San Diego County). (Also see Section 2.08) All year. No black bass shall be possessed 0

5.05. Amphibians.

  • (a) Only the following amphibians may be taken under the authority of a sportfishing license, subject to the restrictions in this section.  No amphibians may be taken from ecological reserves designated by the commission in Section 630 or from state parks, or national parks or monuments.
  • (b) Limit: The limit for each of the species listed below is four, unless otherwise provided. Limit, as used in this section, means daily bag and possession limit.
    • (1) Coastal giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)
    • (2) Rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa)
    • (3) Northwestern salamander (Ambystoma gracile)
    • (4) Black salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus), except Santa Cruz black salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus niger): See Special Closure (f)(1)
    • (5) Clouded salamander (Aneides ferreus)
    • (6) Wandering salamander (Aneides vagrans)
    • (7) Arboreal salamander (Aneides lugubris)
    • (8) California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus)
    • (9) Southern California slender salamander (Batrachoseps major), except desert slender salamander (Batrachoseps major aridus): See Special Closure (f)(2)
    • (10) Dunn's salamander (Plethodon dunni)
    • (11) Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii)
    • (12) Western toad (Anaxyrus boreas)
    • (13) Woodhouse's toad (Anaxyrus woodhouseii)
    • (14) Red-spotted toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
    • (15) Great Plains toad (Anaxyrus cognatus)
    • (16) Great Basin spadefoot (Spea intermontana)
    • (17) California treefrog (Pseudacris cadaverina)
    • (18) Pacific treefrog (Pseudacris regilla)
    • (19) Baja California treefrog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca)
    • (20) Sierran treefrog (Pseudacris sierra)
    • (21) Southern leopard frog (Lithobates) sphenocephalus): Limit: No limit.
    • (22) Rio Grande leopard frog (Lithobates) berlandieri): Limit: No limit.
    • (23) American bullfrog (Lithobates) catesbeianaus): Limit: No limit.
  • (c) Open season: All year. The season closures in Chapter 3 (District Trout and Salmon District General Regulations and Special Regulations) do not apply to fishing for amphibians with methods other than hook and line (see sections 7.00 and 7.50(a)(2)).
  • (d) Hours: Amphibians may be taken at any time of day or night.
  • (e) Methods of take: 
    • (1) Amphibians may be taken only by hand, hand-held dip net, or hook and line, except bullfrogs may also be taken by lights, spears, gigs, grabs, paddles, bow and arrow, or fishing tackle.
    • (2) It is unlawful to use any method or means of collecting that involves breaking apart of rocks, granite flakes, logs, or other shelters in or under which amphibians may be found.
  • (f) Special closures:
    • (1) No black salamanders (Aneides flavipunctatus) may be taken in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
    • (2) No Southern California slender salamanders (Batrachoseps major) may be taken from the Santa Rosa Mountains in Riverside County.

5.10. Candlefish or Eulachon.

  • (a) Candlefish or Eulachon may not be taken or possessed.

5.15. Catfish and Bullheads.

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: Bullheads, no limit; all other catfish, no limit, except as follows:
    SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR CATFISH
    Body or Bodies of Water Bag Limit
    (1) All Waters of the Colorado River District Also see subsection (c) below. 10
    (2) All waters of the Southern District not listed below. 10
    (3) Alameda County:
    Alameda Creek Quarry Ponds. 5
    Chabot Lake. 5
    Cull Canyon Lake. 5
    Del Valle Reservoir. 5
    Don Castro Lake. 5
    Jordon Lake. 5
    Shadow Cliffs Lake. 5
    Temescal Lake. 5
    (4) Contra Costa County
    Contra Loma Lake. 5
    Lafayette Lake. 10
    San Pablo Lake.  5
    (5) Inyo County:
    All waters. 10
    (6) Los Angeles County:
    Alondra County Park Lake. 5
    Belvedere Park Lake. 5
    Cerritos Regional Park Lake. 5
    Earvin “Magic” Johnson County Park Lake. 5
    John Anson Ford Park Lake. 5
    Kenneth Hahn Regional Park Lake. 5
    La Mirada Regional Park Lake. 5
    (7) Mono County:
    All waters. 10
    (8) San Bernardino County:
    Cucamonga-Guiasti Regional Park Lakes. 5
    Glen Helen Regional Park Lakes. 5
    Gregory Lake. 5
    Mojave Narrows Regional Park.  5
    Prado Regional Park Lakes.  5
    Yucaipa Regional Park Lakes.  5
    (9) San Diego County:
    All Waters except Barrett and Upper Otay lakes. 5
    Barrett Lake.  0
    Upper Otay Lake. 0
    (10) San Joaquin County:
    Oak Grove Regional Park Lake in Stockton. 10
    (11) Santa Clara County:
    All waters. 5
  • (c) Carcasses: In the Colorado River and its backwaters, the carcasses of all catfish and bullheads imported, possessed or transported must have either the head, tail or skin attached so that the species can be identified and numbers can be determined until such fish are being prepared for immediate consumption.

5.20. Clams, Freshwater.

  • (a) Open season:  All year, except for closures listed under special regulations.
  • (b) Limit:  Fifty pounds (in the shell).
  • (c) Methods of take:  Freshwater clams may be taken only by hand, or by spade, shovel, hoe, rake or other appliance operated by hand.
  • (d) The season closures in Chapter 3 (District Trout and Salmon Special Regulations) do not apply to freshwater clam fishing (see sections 7.00 and 7.50(a)(3)).

5.25. Corvina in the Salton Sea.

  • (a) Open season: All year.
  • (b) Bag limit: Two.
  • (c) Possession Limit: Four.
  • (d) Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length.

5.26. Gulf Croaker and Sargo in the Salton Sea.

  • (a) Open season:  All year.
  • (b) Daily bag limit:  Six each species.
  • (c) Possession limit:  12 each species.
  • (d) Size limit:  None.

5.30. Crappie.

See Section 5.82 for the combined sunfish and crappie bag limit regulations.

5.35. Crayfish.

  • (a) Open season:  All year, except for closures listed in subsection (d) of this Section.
  • (b) Limit: No limit.
  • (c) Methods of take: Crayfish may be taken only by hand, hook and line, dip net or with traps not over three feet in greatest dimension.  Any other species taken shall be returned to the water immediately. Traps need not be closely attended.
  • (d) Closures for Protection of Shasta Crayfish: Fall River upstream of Spring Creek Bridge, Lava Creek, Tule River and all connected waters upstream of Little Tule River, Sucker Springs Creek, Crystal Lake, Rising River and Rising River Lake are closed to take and possession of crayfish.  (See Section 4.30 for prohibition against crayfish use for bait in sections of the Pit River). 
  • (e) The season closures in Chapter 3 (District Trout and Salmon Special Regulations) do not apply to crayfish fishing with methods other than hook and line (see sections 7.00 and 7.50(a)(3)). 

5.37. Grass Carp.

  • (a) No grass carp may be taken or possessed at any time, except that any grass carp inadvertently taken must be immediately returned unharmed to the water.
  • (b) Exception for Siskiyou and Shasta Counties for any waters, within the Sacramento River drainage above and including Lake Shasta: All grass carp taken shall be killed immediately by removing the head and shall be retained by the angler. The angler shall notify CDFW that he/she has taken and possesses a grass carp by calling CDFW’s telephone number (1-530-225-2278) as soon as possible, but not more than 24 hours after taking the grass carp.

5.40. Lamprey.

  • (a) Open season:  All year, except for closures listed under district or special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: 5.
  • (c) Methods of take: Lamprey may be taken only by hand, hook and line, spear, bow and arrow fishing tackle, or dip net. 
  • (d) The season closures in Chapter 3 (District Trout and Salmon Special Regulations) do not apply to lamprey fishing with methods other than hook and line (see sections 7.00 and 7.50(a)(3)).

5.41. LANDLOCKED SALMON.

  • (a) Open season: All year
  • (b) Daily bag limit: Five
  • (c) Possession limit: Ten
  • (d) Size limit: None.

5.45. Marine Fin Fish, Mollusks and Crustaceans.

Marine fin fish, mollusks and crustaceans taken in lagoons and tidal waters are subject to the bag and possession limits established for the Ocean and San Francisco Bay District (beginning with Section 27.00). See the Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

5.50. Mountain Whitefish.

  • (a) Open season:  No mountain whitefish may be taken in any water except when trout may be taken in such water.
  • (b) Limit: Five.

5.51. Northern Pike.

No northern pike, dead or alive, may be released into any water at any time. All northern pike taken shall be killed immediately by removing the head and shall be retained by the angler. The angler shall notify CDFW that he/she has taken and possesses a northern pike by calling CDFW’s CalTIP telephone number (1-888-CDFW-CALTIP) as soon as possible, but not more than 24 hours after taking the northern pike. The angler shall maintain the head and body of the fish in a refrigerated or frozen condition, whenever possible, until CDFW collects the northern pike.

5.60. Reptiles.

  • (a) Only the following reptiles may be taken under the authority of a sportfishing license, subject to the restrictions in this section. No sportfishing license is required for the sport take of any rattlesnake, but bag and possession limits do apply. No reptiles shall be taken from ecological reserves designated by the commission in Section 630 or from state parks, or national parks or monuments.
  • (b) Limit: The limit for each of the species listed below is two, unless otherwise provided.  Limit, as used in this section, means daily bag and possession limit.
    • (1) Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta): Limit: No limit.
    • (2) Pond slider (Trachemys) scripta): Limit: No limit.
    • (3) Spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera): Limit: No limit.
    • (4) Western banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus), except San Diego banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus abbotti): See Special Closure (f)(1)
    • (5) Desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)
    • (6) Common chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater)
    • (7) Zebra-tailed lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)
    • (8) Desert spiny lizard (Sceloporus magister)
    • (9) Granite spiny lizard (Sceloporus orcutti)
    • (10) Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis): Limit: Species No. 10-14 have a limit of twenty-five (25) in the aggregate
    • (11) Common sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus graciosus): Limit: Species No. 10-14 have a limit of twenty-five (25) in the aggregate
    • (12) Common side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana): Limit: Species No. 10-14 have a limit of twenty-five (25) in the aggregate
    • (13) Western skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus): Limit: Species No. 10-14 have a limit of twenty-five (25) in the aggregate
    • (14) Desert night lizard (Xantusia vigilis), except Sierra night lizard (Xantusia (vigilis) sierrae): See Special Closure (f)(2): Limit: Species No. 10-14 have a limit of twenty-five (25) in the aggregate
    • (15) Long-tailed brush lizard (Urosaurus graciosus)
    • (16) Ornate tree lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
    • (17) Baja California brush lizard (Urosaurus nigricaudus)
    • (18) Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)
    • (19) Pygmy short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglassii)
    • (20) Great Basin collared lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores)
    • (21) Mearns’ rock lizard (Petrosaurus mearnsi)
    • (22) Baja California collared lizard (Crotaphytus vestigium)
    • (23) Long-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)
    • (24) Gilbert's skink (Plestiodon gilberti)
    • (25) Tiger whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris)
    • (26) Southern alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
    • (27) Northern alligator lizard (Elgaria coerulea)
    • (28) Northern rubber boa (Charina bottae): See Special Closure (f)(3)
    • (29) Northern three-lined boa (Lichanura orcutti)
    • (30) Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus), except Regal ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus regalis): See Special Closure (f)(4)
    • (31) Common sharp-tailed snakes (Contia tenuis)
    • (32) Forest sharp-tailed snake (Contia longicauda)
    • (33) Spotted leaf-nosed snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus)
    • (34) North American racer (Coluber constrictor)
    • (35) Coachwhip (Coluber flagellum), except San Joaquin Coachwhip (Coluber (Masticophis) flagellum ruddocki): See Special Closure (f)(5)
    • (36) Striped whipsnake (Coluber taeniatus)
    • (37) Striped racer (Coluber lateralis), except Alameda striped racer (whipsnake) (Coluber (Masticophis) lateralis euryxanthus): See Special Closure (f)(6)
    • (38) Western patch-nosed snake (Salvadora hexalepis), except coast patch-nosed snake (Salvadora hexalepis virgultea): See Special Closure (f)(7)
    • (39) Glossy snake (Arizona elegans), except California glossy snake (Arizona elegans occidentalis): See Special Closure (f)(8)
    • (40) Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer): Limit: Four (4)
    • (41) California kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae): Limit: Four (4)
    • (42) California mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata), except San Diego mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata pulchra) and San Bernardino mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata parvirubra): Limit: One (1). See Special Closure: (f)(9)
    • (43) Long-nosed snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
    • (44) Common gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis), except San Francisco gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) and South Coast gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis spp.): See Special Closure (f)(10)
    • (45) Terrestrial gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans)
    • (46) Sierra gartersnake (Thamnophis couchii)
    • (47) Aquatic gartersnake (Thamnophis atratus)
    • (48) Northwestern gartersnake (Thamnophis ordinoides)
    • (49) Checkered gartersnake (Thamnophis marcianus)
    • (50) Western groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata)
    • (51) Western shovel-nosed snake (Chionactis occipitalis)
    • (52) Western black-headed snake (Tantilla planiceps)
    • (53) Smith's black-headed snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi)
    • (54) Sonoran lyresnake (Trimorphodon lambda)
    • (55) California lyresnake (Trimorphodon lyrophanes)
    • (56) Desert nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea)
    • (57) Coast nightsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha)
    • (58) Western threadsnake (Rena humilis)
    • (59) Western diamond-backed rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
    • (60) Mohave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)
    • (61) Western rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus)
    • (62) Speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii)
    • (63) Sidewinders (Crotalus cerastes)
    • (64) Panamint rattlesnake (Crotalus stephensi)
    • (65) Red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber): Limit: Zero (0)
  • (c) Open season: All year.
  • (d) Hours: Reptiles may be taken at any time of day or night.
  • (e) Methods of take:
    • (1) Reptiles may be taken only by hand, except as provided in subsections (e)(2) and (3) below, or by the following hand-operated devices:
      • (A) Lizard nooses.
      • (B) Snake tongs.
      • (C) Snake hooks.
    • (2) Rattlesnakes may be taken by any method.
    • (3) Turtles may be taken by hook and line. Fishing methods described in Section 2.00 apply to the take of spiny softshell turtles, slider turtles and painted turtles.
    • (4) It is unlawful to use any method or means of collecting that involves breaking apart of rocks, granite flakes, logs or other shelters in or under which reptiles may be found.
  • (f) Special Closures:
    • (1) No geckos (Coleonyx variegatus) may be taken in San Diego County south and west of Highway 79 to its junction with County Road S-2, and south and west of County Road S-2 to the eastern San Diego County border.
    • (2) No night lizards (Xantusia vigilis) may be taken in Kern County.
    • (3) No rubber boas (Charina bottae or Charina umbratica) may be taken in Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
    • (4) No ring-necked snakes (Diadophis punctatus) may be taken in San Bernardino and Inyo counties.
    • (5) No coachwhips (Coluber) flagellum) may be taken in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, and Tulare.
    • (6) No striped racers (Coluber) lateralis) may be taken in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
    • (7) No patch-nosed snakes (Salvadora hexalepis) may be taken in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
    • (8) No glossy snakes (Arizona elegans) may be taken in the following counties: Alameda, Fresno, Imperial (west of Hwy 111), Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside (southwest of Hwy 111 and I-10), San Benito, San Bernardino (West of I-215 and Hwy 138), San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Tulare.
    • (9) No California mountain kingsnakes (Lampropeltis zonata) may be taken in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties.
    • (10) No common gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) may be taken in San Mateo, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Ventura counties.

5.65. Shad, American.

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: Twenty-five.
  • (c) Methods of take: Shad may be taken only by angling, except that a dip net may be used in the Valley District.

5.70. Splittail, Sacramento. 

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under district or special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: Two
  • (c) Methods of take: Splittail may be only taken by angling.

5.75. Striped Bass.

  • (a) Open season:  All year except for closures listed in special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: Two, except in waters listed in (d) below.
  • (c) Minimum size: 18 inches total length except in waters listed in (d) below.
  • (d) Exceptions:
    • (1) In the Colorado River District, the Southern District (except Lake Elsinore), and New Hogan, San Antonio and Santa Margarita lakes
      • (A) Limit:  Ten.
      • (B) Minimum size:  No size limit.
    • (2)  Lake Elsinore has the limit and minimum size shown in (b) and (c) above.
  • (e)  For the purpose of these regulations, any striped bass hybrid with white bass is considered to be striped bass.

5.79. White Sturgeon Report Card and Tagging Requirements for Inland Waters.

  • (a) Sturgeon Fishing Report Card Required. All anglers must have a valid Sturgeon Fishing Report Card in their possession while fishing for or taking white sturgeon. Cardholders must complete and return the card pursuant to regulations in this Section and in Section 1.74.
  • (b) Tagging and Recording Requirements for Retained Fish. A Sturgeon Fishing Report Card includes detachable tags that shall be used to tag any white sturgeon that is taken and retained in the sport fishery. Any white sturgeon possessed by any person shall be tagged.
    • (1) Upon taking and retaining a white sturgeon, the cardholder shall immediately record the following information:
      • (A) The fishing location, time of catch and length of the fish shall be recorded legibly and permanently in the appropriate spaces on the tag.  The cardholder shall immediately and completely punch out the date of catch (month and day) on the sturgeon tag. Tags shall be used in sequential order.
      • (B) The month, day, fishing location and length of the fish shall be recorded in the appropriate spaces on the Sturgeon Fishing Report Card which corresponds to the number on the tag.
    • (2) Immediately after recording the information above, the cardholder shall remove and completely detach the tag from the card and affix it to the white sturgeon. Cardholders shall not wait until completion of fishing activity to tag any white sturgeon in possession. 
    • (3) The tag shall be securely fastened to the fish. To affix the tag, a “zip tie”, string, line or other suitable material shall be passed through the tag at the location specified on the sturgeon tag and attached to the fish.
    • (4) Tags shall not be removed from the report card until immediately prior to affixing to a white sturgeon. Any tags detached from the report card and not affixed to a white sturgeon shall be considered used and therefore invalid. No person shall possess any used or otherwise invalid sturgeon tags.
    • (5) Records of Prior Activity. All tags must be accounted for at all times by entry of a record on the Sturgeon Fishing Report Card corresponding to all tags that are not in possession. Any tag that was lost or destroyed shall be recorded as such on the corresponding line on the Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
    • (6) If the sturgeon has a department reward disk attached, write the reward disk number in the space provided on the report card.
  • (c) Reporting Requirements for Released Fish.
    • (1) Whenever the cardholder catches and releases a sturgeon, the cardholder shall immediately record the month, day, location code, and species of sturgeon.
    • (2) If all lines in the “sturgeon released” field of the report card are filled, any additional sturgeon caught and released need not be recorded on the card.
    • (3) If the sturgeon has a department reward disk attached, write the reward disk number in the space provided on the report card.  
  • (d) Sturgeon tags must be left affixed to the fish in place, including while stored at a residence or non-transient location, until the fish is processed for immediate consumption.
  • (e) The annual fee for the Sturgeon Fishing Report Card is specified in Section 701, Title 14, CCR.

5.80. White Sturgeon.

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under special regulations.
  • (b) Daily and annual bag limit: One fish per day. Three fish per year statewide.
  • (c) Size limit: No fish less than 40 inches fork length or greater than 60 inches fork length may be taken or possessed.
  • (d) Methods of take: Only one single point, single shank, barbless hook may be used on a line when taking sturgeon. The sturgeon must voluntarily take the bait or lure inside its mouth. No sturgeon may be taken by trolling, snagging or by the use of firearms. Sturgeon may not be gaffed, nor shall any person use any type of firearm or snare to take any sturgeon.
    For the purposes of this section, a snare is a flexible loop made from any material that can be tightened like a noose around any part of the fish.
  • (e) Removal from water: Any sturgeon greater than 68 inches fork length may not be removed from the water and shall be released immediately.
  • (f) Report card required: Any person fishing for or taking sturgeon shall have in their possession a nontransferable Sturgeon Fishing Report Card issued by CDFW and shall adhere to all reporting and tagging requirements for sturgeon defined in Sections 1.74 and 5.79, Title 14, CCR.
  • (g) Special North Coast District Sturgeon Closure (Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Siskiyou cos.). It is unlawful to take any sturgeon in the North Coast District at any time.
  • (h) For regulations on take and possession of sturgeon in ocean waters as defined in Section 27.00, see Sections 27.90, 27.91, and 27.95
  • (i) Special Sierra and Valley District Sturgeon Closure from January 1 to December 31 (Shasta, Tehama, Butte, and Glenn cos.)
    • (1)  Sacramento River from Keswick Dam to the Highway 162 Bridge.
      • (A) It is unlawful to take any sturgeon.
      • (B) It is unlawful to use wire leaders.
      • (C) It is unlawful to use lamprey or any type of shrimp as bait.
  • (j)  Special Yolo Bypass Flood Control System Sturgeon Closure.  It is unlawful to take any sturgeon in the Yolo Bypass, Toe Drain Canal, and Tule Canal upstream of the Lisbon Weir at any time.

5.81. Green Sturgeon.

  • (a) Green sturgeon may not be taken or possessed.
  • (b) Green sturgeon may not be removed from the water and shall be released immediately.
  • (c) Green sturgeon taken and released incidentally to white sturgeon fishing shall be reported on a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card issued by the department, in accordance with procedures defined in Sections 1.74 and 5.79, Title 14, CCR.

5.82. SUNFISH AND CRAPPIE.

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under district or special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: Combined bag limit of twenty-five sunfish and crappie of all species, except in:
    • (1) Barrett and Upper Otay Lakes (San Diego County): zero bag limit for all species.
  • (c) Size Limit: No size limit, except at Hodges and El Capitan Lakes (San Diego County), where the crappie minimum size limit is 10 inches, total length.

5.83. Tilapia.

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under district or special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: No limit.

5.85. Trout and Salmon.

See Chapter 3, District Trout, Salmon and Special Regulations.

5.86. Hoopa and Yurok Indian Salmon Possession Limit.

It is unlawful for any person to possess more than one daily bag or possession limit of fish except as follows: Eligible Hoopa Valley and Yurok Reservation Indians, as defined in Chapter 1, Part 250, Title 25, CFR-Indian Fishing, Hoopa Valley Reservation and Yurok Reservation-Department of the Interior; may possess more than two salmon outside boundaries of the Hoopa Valley Reservation, provided:

  • (a) Such eligible Indians possess and display upon demand by any officer authorized to enforce this section their Indian Fishers identification card.
  • (b) All fish are possessed for subsistence or ceremonial purposes and are clearly marked by removing the dorsal fin prior to transporting them from the reservation.

It shall be unlawful to sell or possess for sale any salmon marked pursuant to this section.

5.87. North Coast Salmon Report Card Requirement.

  • (a) Report Card Required in Waters of the Klamath-Trinity River System and the Smith River. All anglers must have a North Coast Salmon Report Card in their possession while fishing for or taking salmon in waters of the Klamath-Trinity River System and the Smith River, and must complete and return the card pursuant to regulations in this Section and in Section 1.74.
  • (b) Prior to beginning fishing activity, the cardholder shall record the month, day, and fishing location on the first available line on the report card.
  • (c) For the Klamath-Trinity River System: Whenever the cardholder lands (either retains or releases) a Chinook salmon, the angler shall immediately record whether the fish was an adult or a jack, and whether the fish has an adipose fin present. Whenever the cardholder releases a Coho salmon, the angler shall immediately record whether the maxillary is present or absent.
  • (d) For the Smith River: Whenever the cardholder lands (either retains or releases) a Chinook salmon, the angler shall immediately record whether the fish was an adult or a jack, and whether the fish has an adipose fin or left ventral fin present.
  • (e) Whenever the cardholder moves to another fishing location, the angler shall record the month, day, and location on the next line on the report card.
  • (f) In the Klamath-Trinity River System and Smith River, a jack Chinook salmon is defined as any Chinook salmon that is less than 22 inches total length.
  • (g) In the event an angler fills in all lines and returns a North Coast Salmon Report Card, an additional card may be purchased. See Section 1.74.
  • (h) The annual fee for the North Coast Salmon Report Card is specified in Section 701, Title 14, CCR

5.88. Steelhead Report and Restoration Card Requirements for Inland Waters.

  • (a) Steelhead Fishing Report and Restoration Card Required. All anglers must have a Steelhead Fishing Report and Restoration Card in their possession while fishing for or taking steelhead in anadromous waters, as defined in Section 1.04. Anglers must complete and return the card pursuant to regulations in this Section and in Section 1.74. For purposes of these regulations, a steelhead trout is defined as any rainbow trout greater than 16 inches in length found in anadromous waters.
  • (b) Prior to beginning fishing activity, the cardholder must record the month, day, and location code on the first available line on the report card. 
  • (c) When a steelhead is retained, the cardholder must immediately fill in a circle indicating whether the fish is a wild fish or a hatchery fish.   
  • (d) When the cardholder moves to another location code, or finishes fishing for the day, the angler must immediately record on the card the number of wild and hatchery fish that were released from that location and the number of hours fished for steelhead to the nearest hour.
  • (e) In the event an angler fills in all lines and returns a Steelhead Fishing Report and Restoration Card, an additional card may be purchased. See Section 1.74.
  • (f) The annual fee for the Steelhead Fishing Report and Restoration Card is specified in Section 7380 of the Fish and Game Code.

5.90. White Bass.

  • (a) Open season: All year.
  • (b) Limit: No limit. No live white bass may be possessed or transported. Any white bass taken must immediately be killed by removing the head or cutting through the gills, except at Lake Nacimiento (San Luis Obispo County) where any white bass taken must immediately be released into the water or killed by removing the head or cutting through the gills.

5.91. YELLOW PERCH.

  • (a) Open season: All year, except for closures listed under district or special regulations.
  • (b) Limit: No limit.

5.93. Fully Protected Fishes.

None of the following fishes may be taken or possessed at any time: Colorado pikeminnow, Mohave chub, Lost River sucker, Modoc sucker, shortnose sucker, humpback sucker, Owens pupfish, unarmored threespine stickleback, rough sculpin, bonytail, Owens tui chub, Cottonball Marsh pupfish and desert pupfish.

5.95. Other Species.

Other species of fish may be taken in any number and at any time of the year by angling, except for closures and restrictions listed under district special regulations.

Chapter 3. Trout, Salmon and Special Regulations

Article 1.  District Definitions

6.31. North Coast District Definition.

The North Coast District consists of the inland waters of all of Trinity, Humboldt and Del Norte counties and the portion of Siskiyou County northwest of a line drawn between Mt. Eddy and the Black Butte Summit railroad crossing of Interstate 5 and west of Interstate 5 between the railroad crossing and Weed, and west of Highway 97 between Weed and the Oregon border.

6.32. North Central District Definition.

The North Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties.

6.33. South Central District Definition.

The South Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties; all of Alameda County west of Interstate 680, and that portion of Alameda County which is both east of Interstate 680 and south of Interstate 580; all of Contra Costa County west of Interstate 80, and that portion of Contra Costa County which is both south of Highway 4 and west of Interstate 680.

6.34. Southern District Definition.

The Southern District consists of the inland waters of all of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and those portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties outside of the Colorado River District (see section 6.37).

6.35. Sierra District Definition.

The Sierra District consists of all of Modoc, Lassen, Shasta, Sierra, Plumas, Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties; Tulare County east of the west boundaries of Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park; Fresno County east of the west boundaries of Sierra and Sequoia National Forests (excluding Pine Flat Lake); Madera County east of the west boundary of Sierra National Forest; Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties east of Highway 49 (excluding Don Pedro, McClure and New Melones lakes); the portion of Siskiyou County southeast of a line drawn between Mt. Eddy and the Black Butte summit railroad crossing of Interstate 5 and east of Interstate 5 between the railroad crossing and Weed and east of Highway 97 between Weed and the Oregon border; and Tehama County excluding Black Butte Lake.

Those waters excluded above are part of the Valley District (see section 6.36).

6.36. Valley District Definition.

The Valley District consists of all of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties; Tulare County west of the west boundaries of Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park; Fresno County west of the west boundaries of Sierra and Sequoia National Forests (including all of Pine Flat Lake); Madera County west of the west boundary of the Sierra National Forest; Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer and Tuolumne counties west of Highway 49 (including all of Don Pedro, McClure and New Melones lakes); that portion of Alameda County which is both east of Interstate 680 and north of Interstate 580; and all of Contra Costa County east of Interstate 680 and that portion of Contra Costa County which is both north of Highway 4 and east of Interstate 80; and all of Black Butte Lake.

6.37. Colorado River District Definition.

The Colorado River District consists of Imperial County and those portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties lying south and east of the following line: Starting at the intersection of Highway 86 with the north boundary of Imperial County; north along Highway 86 to its intersection with Interstate 10; east along Interstate 10 to its intersection with Cottonwood Springs Road; north along Cottonwood Springs Road and the Mecca Dale Road to Amboy; east along old Highway 66 to its intersection with Interstate 40; east along Interstate 40 to its intersection with Highway 95; and north along Highway 95 to the California-Nevada boundary. All of the Coachella Canal and Lake Cahuilla are included in this District.

Article 2. District General Regulations

7.00. District General Regulations.

Unless otherwise provided, waters shown as open to trout fishing in subsections (a) through (g) below, are open to fishing for other species. Gear restrictions listed in this section apply to the take of all species of fish unless otherwise noted. Every body of water listed in subsections (a) through (g) of Section 7.00 (below) is closed to all fishing, except during the open season as shown. Unless otherwise provided, waters closed to trout fishing are closed to fishing for all other species, except that these closures do not apply to fishing for amphibians (see Section 5.05), freshwater clams (see Section 5.20), crayfish (see Section 5.35), and lamprey (see Section 5.40), using legal fishing methods other than hook-and-line fishing, and saltwater clams, crabs, ghost shrimp, and blue mud shrimp (see Ocean Regulations Booklet Sections 29.20 to 29.87). Crabs may only be taken using hoop nets or by hand, and Dungeness crab may only be taken within the North Coast District and Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Daily bag and possession limits, unless otherwise provided, mean the total number of trout. Unless otherwise provided, no more than one daily bag limit may be possessed. Coho (silver) salmon may not be taken in any of the waters of the State, except in Lake Oroville and Oroville-Thermalito Complex (Diversion Pool, Forebay, and Afterbay) and the Feather River from the Diversion Pool Dam to the Fish Barrier Dam. Incidentally hooked Coho (silver) salmon, except those in Lake Oroville and Oroville-Thermalito Complex (Diversion Pool, Forebay, and Afterbay) and the Feather River from the Diversion Pool Dam to the Fish Barrier Dam, must be immediately released unharmed to the waters where they are hooked. In waters where the bag limit for trout is zero, fish for which the bag limit is zero must be released unharmed, and should not be removed from the water. These waters may also be subject to restrictions on fishing methods and gear (sections 2.00 through 2.45), fishing hours (section 3.00), and the use of bait (sections 4.00 through 4.30).

District General Regulations
Area or Body of Water Open Season and Special Regulations Daily Bag and Possession Limit
(a) North Coast District
(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(2) Anadromous waters of the Klamath and Trinity River Systems, and those entering the ocean south of Humboldt Bay, which are not listed in the Special Regulations. Closed to all fishing all year.
(3) All anadromous waters tributary to Humboldt Bay, and north of Humboldt Bay, except those of the Klamath and Trinity River systems and those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* 4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession. Closed to the take of salmon.
(4) All streams except anadromous waters and those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(NOTE: A list of the non-anadromous waters opened to trout fishing (STREAMS AND PORTIONS OF STREAMS NOT LISTED IN THE SPECIAL REGULATIONS THAT ARE OPEN TO TROUT FISHING FROM THE LAST SATURDAY IN APR. THROUGH NOV. 15 (NEW 6-12-98), which is incorporated by reference herein) is available from the Department’s Region 1 Office, 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001 Telephone: (530) 225-2300).
(5) SPECIAL BROOK TROUT BONUS BAG AND POSSESSION LIMIT: UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 8 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE NORTH COAST DISTRICT.
(b) Sierra District
(1) Anadromous waters of Tehama and Shasta counties not listed in the Special Regulations. (Section 7.50).  (See subsections (b)(156) and (b)(156.5) of Section 7.50, regarding the Sacramento River.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures and barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* 4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession. Closed to the take of salmon.
(2) All lakes and reservoirs except those in the Fall River Valley, those in Inyo and Mono counties and those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(3) All streams, lakes and reservoirs in Inyo and Mono counties, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(4) All streams, lakes and reservoirs in the Fall River Valley above the Pit No. 1 PG&E Diversion Dam on Fall River in Shasta County, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(5) All streams in Lassen and Modoc counties east of Highway 395 and north of Clarks Valley Road. Clarks Valley Road is defined as those portions of county routes 510, 512 and 506 running easterly from the town of Madeline to the Nevada border. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(6) All other streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(7) Mono County waters, when closed to trout fishing, are closed to all fishing, except for the unrestricted portions of Fish Slough which are open to fishing all year. Also, see Mono County waters listed in sections 5.00 and 7.50.
(8) SPECIAL BROOK TROUT BONUS BAG AND POSSESSION LIMIT
(A)  IN SIERRA DISTRICT WATERS OF SISKIYOU, SHASTA AND TEHAMA COUNTIES, UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 8 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE SIERRA DISTRICT.
(B)  IN THE SIERRA DISTRICT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80, UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 10 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE SIERRA DISTRICT. THIS ALLOWANCE DOES NOT INCLUDE RED LAKE IN ALPINE COUNTY OR KIRMAN, LANE OR ROOSEVELT LAKES IN MONO COUNTY.
(c) North Central District
(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout
(2) All streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Closed to all fishing all year.
(3) The tidewaters of all streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Note: Some waters within this district are tide waters regulated by regulations for the ocean and San Francisco Bay District (see sections 1.53 and 27.00) Closed to all fishing all year.
(d) Valley District
(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout
(2) All anadromous waters except those listed by name in the Special Regulations (See definition of anadromous waters, Section 1.04). All year. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead*
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession.
Closed to the take of salmon.
(3) All streams except anadromous waters and those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout
(e) South Central District
(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout
(2) That portion of any stream west of any Highway 1 bridge except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead*
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession.
Closed to the take of salmon.
(3) All streams in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(4) All other streams and portions of streams except those listed in subsection (e)(2) above or by name in the Special Regulations. Closed to all fishing all year.
(f) Southern District
(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout
(2) All streams except anadromous waters in San Diego County, and except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(3) All streams except anadromous waters in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. All year. 5 trout
(4) All anadromous waters except those listed by name in the Special Regulations (See definition of anadromous waters, Section 1.04) Closed to all fishing all year
(5) All streams and tributaries (except those listed by name in the Special Regulations) above Twitchell Dam on the Cuyama River, above Bradbury Dam and below Gibraltar Dam on the Santa Ynez River; above Matilja Dam on Matilija Creek and above Wheeler Gorge Campground on NF Matilija Creek; and above Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek. All year. 5 trout
(g) Colorado River District
(1) The Colorado River and its back waters. All year. 10 trout
(2) All other waters. All year. 5 trout

Article 3. Alphabetical List of Waters with Special Fishing Regulations

7.50. Alphabetical List of Waters with Special Fishing Regulations.

  • (a) General Provisions:
    • (1) Every body of water listed below is closed to the take of salmon and salmon fishing, unless otherwise noted.
    • (2) Unless otherwise provided, waters shown as open to trout or salmon fishing below, are open to fishing for other species. Every body of water listed below is closed to all fishing except during the open season as shown. Gear restrictions listed in this section apply to the take of all species of fish unless otherwise noted.
    • (3) Unless otherwise provided, waters closed to trout or salmon fishing are closed to fishing for all other species, except that these closures do not apply to fishing for amphibians (see Section 5.05), freshwater clams (see Section 5.20), crayfish (see Section 5.35), and lamprey (see Section 5.40), using legal fishing methods other than hook-and-line fishing, and saltwater clams, crabs, ghost shrimp, and blue mud shrimp (see Ocean Regulations Booklet sections 29.20 to 29.87). Crabs may only be taken using hoop nets or by hand, and Dungeness crab may only be taken within the North Coast District and Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
    • (4) Daily bag and possession limits, unless otherwise noted, mean the total number trout .
    • (5) Unless otherwise provided, it is unlawful to possess more than one daily bag limit.
    • (6) These waters may also be subject to restrictions on fishing methods and gear (sections 2.00 through 2.45), fishing hours (Section 3.00), and the use of bait (sections 4.00 through 4.30).
7.50 (b) Alphabetical List of Waters with Special Fishing Regulations
Area or Body of Water Open Season and Special Regulations Daily Bag and
Possession Limit
(1) Alambique Creek (San Mateo Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(1.5) Alameda Creek and tributaries (Alameda and Santa Clara cos.).
(A) Alameda Creek and tributaries downstream of San Antonio, Calaveras, and Del Valle Reservoirs except for Arroyo Del Valle between Bernal Ave. and the Thiessen St. intersection with Vineyard Ave. Closed to all fishing all year.
1. Arroyo Del Valle between Bernal Ave. and the Thiessen St. intersection with Vineyard Ave. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Alameda Creek tributaries upstream of San Antonio, Calaveras, and Del Valle Reservoirs. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(2) Albion River (Mendocino Co.). Also see section 8.00(b).
Main stem below the confluence of South Fork Albion.  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(3) Alder Creek (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b).
Main stem below Tramway Gulch. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(4) Almanor Lake tributaries (Lassen, Plumas and Shasta cos.) upstream to the first lake. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(4.5) American River, North Fork, Middle Fork, South Fork and their tributaries above Folsom Lake (Placer, Eldorado, Amador, and Alpine cos.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(5) American River (Sacramento Co.)
(A) From Nimbus Dam to the Hazel Avenue bridge piers. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
(B) From Hazel Avenue bridge piers to the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing about 300 yards downstream from the Nimbus Hatchery fish rack site. Jan. 1 through July 15. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
July 16 through Aug. 15. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
(C) From the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing about 300 yards down-stream from the Nimbus Hatchery fish rack site to the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park. Jan. 1 through July 15. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
July 16 through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
(D) From the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park downstream to the Jibboom Street bridge. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
(E) From the Jibboom Street bridge to the mouth. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Dec. 16. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(6) Antelope Creek (Tehama Co.).
(A) From confluence with North Fork downstream to U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing at mouth of Antelope Creek Canyon. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing at mouth of Antelope Creek Canyon downstream to mouth of Antelope Creek. June 16 through Sept. 30. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(6.5) Antelope Lake tributaries (Plumas Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(7) Applegate River and tributaries (Siskiyou Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(8) Aptos Creek (Santa Cruz Co.) from mouth to Steel Bridge on Aptos Creek Road (first bridge on Aptos Creek Road).  Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(4). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
(9)Arroyo de los Frijoles above Lake Lucerne (San Mateo Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(10) Arroyo Grande Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.).
(A) Above Lopez Reservoir. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout .
2 salmon.
(B) From mouth to Lopez Canyon Dam. Closed to all fishing all year.
(11) Arroyo Leon (San Mateo Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(12) Arroyo Seco River (Monterey Co.). Also see Section 8.00(c).
(A) The main stem Arroyo Seco and tributaries above the waterfall located approximately 3.5 miles upstream from the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(B) The main stem Arroyo Seco and tributaries below the waterfall located approximately 3.5 miles upstream from the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station. Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(12.5) Auburn Ravine Creek and tributaries (Placer Co.) east of Nelson Lane. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(13) Balm of Gilead Creek (Trinity Co.). See Eel River 7.50(b)(63).
(13.5) Bass Lake (Siskiyou Co.). Feb. 1 through Sept. 30. 5 trout
(14) Battle Creek (Shasta and Tehama cos.).
(A) From mouth to Coleman Fish Hatchery weir. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) From 250 feet upstream from the Coleman Fish Hatchery upstream to Angel Falls (near Mineral) on the South Fork and to Ponderosa Way Bridge on the North Fork. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(15) Bear Creek and tributaries (Shasta and Siskiyou cos.) between Pondosa Way bridge and confluence with Fall River. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(17) Bear Creek (San Bernardino Co.) from Big Bear Dam to confluence of Santa Ana River. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(18) Bear River (Humboldt Co.) downstream from County Road Bridge at Capetown, excluding tributaries. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(18.5) Bear River and tributaries (Placer Co.)
(A) From Highway 20 south (downstream) 2.5 miles to the abandoned concrete dam (the Boardman Diversion Dam). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) From Highway 65 to the South Sutter Irrigation District Diversion Dam. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(19) Berryessa Lake tributaries (Lake and Napa cos.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(19.5) Big Bear Lake tributaries (San Bernardino Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through last day of Feb. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(20) Big Chico Creek (Butte Co.).
(A) From mouth to Bear Hole, located approximately one mile downstream from the upper end of Bidwell Park. June 16 through Feb. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from Oct. 16 through Feb. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From Bear Hole to the upper boundary of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Nov. 1 through Apr. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) From the upper boundary of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve to Higgins Hole Falls, located about one-half mile upstream from Ponderosa Way. Closed to all fishing all year.
(21) Big Lagoon (Humboldt Co.). For purposes of this regulation, the boundary between Big Lagoon and Maple Creek is the first private road bridge, located approximately 1/2 mile southeast of the Highway 101 bridge crossing. All year. Only barbless hooks may be used. Cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches. 2 cutthroat trout.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(22) Big River (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the confluence of Two Log Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(23) Big Sur River (Monterey Co.).
(A) Big Sur River and tributaries above the upstream end of the gorge pool at the boundary of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with the Ventana Wilderness Area. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Big Sur River within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, east of the Highway 1 bridge, to its boundary with the Ventana Wilderness Area. Closed to all fishing all year.
(23.5) Big Tree Creek (Calaveras Co.) Within Calaveras Big Trees State Park (upstream of the Highway 4 culvert crossing). Closed to all fishing all year.
(24) Big Trees Creek (Tuolumne Co.) upstream from the confluence of Beaver Creek. Closed to all fishing all year.
(25) Black Butte River and tributaries (Glenn Co.) except Cold Creek. Closed to all fishing all year.
(25.3) Bodfish Creek and tributaries (Santa Clara Co.) Closed to all fishing all year.
(25.5) Boggy Creek (Fresno Co.) and tributaries (tributary to Thomas Edison Lake). June 1 through Oct. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(26) Bogus Creek (Siskiyou Co.). See Klamath River 7.50(b)(91.1).
(26.5) Bridgeport Reservoir Tributaries (Mono Co.). All Bridgeport Reservoir tributaries except Swauger Creek, from Bridgeport Reservoir upstream to Highway 395, and Swauger Creek, from Bridgeport Reservoir upstream to the private property fence line above the Forest Service campground. Last Saturday in Apr. through the Friday preceding Memorial Day and Oct. 1 through Nov 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 1 trout
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(27) Brush Creek (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the Lawson bridge. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
 ∞ (27.5) Bucks Lake All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
10 landlocked salmon per day.
20 landlocked salmon in possession. ∞
(28) Bucks Lake tributaries (Plumas Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(28.5) Burney Creek (Shasta Co.). From Burney Creek Falls downstream to Lake Britton. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(29) Butano Creek (San Mateo Co.).
(A) Above Butano Falls. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(B) From mouth to county bridge on Pescadero- Bean Hollow Road. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(2). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(30) Butt Creek and Butt Valley Reservoir Powerhouse Outfall (Plumas Co.).
(A) Butt Creek. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) Butt Valley Reservoir powerhouse outfall, from the powerhouse, downstream to a marker adjacent to Ponderosa Flat Campground. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Feb.28 2 trout
(31) Butt Valley Reservoir (Plumas Co.). All year. 2 trout
(32) Butte Creek (Butte and Sutter cos.).
(A) From Oro-Chico Road bridge crossing south of Chico to the Centerville Head Dam, located 300 yards downstream from the DeSabla Powerhouse below DeSabla Reservoir. Nov. 15 through Feb.15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From the Oro-Chico Road bridge crossing south of Chico to the point that Butte Creek enters the Sacramento River both via Butte Slough outfall gates at Moon’s Bend and through Butte Slough, thence both the East and West Canals of the Sutter Bypass, thence Sacramento Slough. All year. Open to fishing for non-salmonids only.  Closed to the take of trout and steelhead.
(33) By-Day Creek and tributaries (Mono Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(34) Cache Creek and tributaries (Lake Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(35) Calaveras River downstream from New Hogan Dam and the diverting canal (Mormon Slough) from Bellota Weir downstream to Interstate Highway 5 (Calaveras and San Joaquin cos.). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(35.5) Calleguas Creek and tributaries (Ventura Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through November 30.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Open to fishing for non-salmonids only. Closed to the take of trout and steelhead
(35.6) Canyon Creek upstream of the falls located about four miles north of the wilderness area boundary. (Trinity Co.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(35.7) Caribou Reservoir (Plumas County) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15 2 trout
(36) Carmel River and tributaries above Los Padres Dam (Monterey Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No rainbow trout less than 10 inches or greater than 16 inches total length may be kept. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 5 trout, no more than 2 of which may be rainbow trout.
(37) Carmel River below Los Padres Dam. (Monterey Co.)
(A) Carmel River tributaries below Los Padres Dam and main stem from Los Padres Dam to the bridge at Robles Del Rio/Esquiline roads (Rosie’s Bridge). Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Carmel River main stem below the bridge at Robles Del Rio/Esquiline roads (Rosie’s Bridge). Also, see Section 8.00 (c). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(38) Carson River, East Fork and tributaries (Alpine Co.).
(A) Carson River, East Fork and tributaries above Carson Falls. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Carson River, East Fork from Hangman’s Bridge downstream to Nevada State Line. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(39) Cassel Forebay (Hat Creek) (Shasta Co.) See Hat Creek #1 7.50(b)(75).
(39.3) Castle Creek (Shasta Co.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(39.5) Cedar Creek and tributaries upstream from Moon Lake access road (Lassen Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(40) Chorro Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.) from the point that Chorro creek enters Midway Marina in Morro Bay upstream to the twin bridges on South Bay Boulevard. Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(42) Clear Lake tributaries (Lake Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(42.3) Codornices Creek (Alameda Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(42.5) Cold Creek (Fresno Co.) and tributaries (tributary to Thomas Edison Lake). June 1 through Oct.15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(43) Convict Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) Convict Creek, including side channels and meanders, in the U.C. study area as posted. This area begins about 1/2 mile above the Highway 395 bridge and extends upstream about 1/2 mile. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Convict Creek downstream of the U.C. study area. Last Saturday in Apr. through the Friday preceding Memorial Day and Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(C) Convict Creek upstream of the U.C. study area. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(43.5) Coon Creek and tributaries (Placer Co.) east of Highway 65. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(43.6) Coon Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(44) Corral Valley Creek and tributaries (Alpine Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(45) Corralitos Creek (Santa Cruz Co.) from mouth to Browns Valley Road.  Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(5). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(46) Cosumnes River (Sacramento Co.) from Highway 99 bridge upstream to the Latrobe vehicle bridge. Jan. 1 through Oct. 15. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(47) Cottoneva Creek (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the confluence of South Fork Cottoneva Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(48) Cottonwood Creek (Inyo Co.).
(A)  Cottonwood Creek main stem between mouth of Little Cottonwood Creek and South Fork of Cottonwood Creek. July 1 through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Cottonwood Creek (1) and tributaries upstream from the confluence of South Fork Cottonwood Creek, (2) Little Cottonwood Creek and tributaries, (3) the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek and tributaries, and (4) the unnamed tributary flowing through Horseshoe Meadow.  July 1 through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 5 trout
(49) Cottonwood Creek drainage lakes (Inyo Co.).
(A) Cottonwood Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their tributaries (Inyo Co.). July 1 through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) All remaining Cottonwood Creek drainage lakes. July 1 through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 5 trout
(49.5) Cottonwood Creek and tributaries (Modoc Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(50) Cottonwood Creek, North Fork and tributaries (White Mountains, Mono Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(50.5) Cow Creek and tributaries upstream from Forest Service Road 9S10 (Fresno Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(50.8) Coyote Creek (Santa Clara Co.)  Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(1). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(51) Coyote Valley Creek and tributaries (Alpine Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(52) Crooked Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) Crooked Creek below the City of Los Angeles gauging station. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Crooked Creek and tributaries above the Los Angeles gauging station. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(53) Crowley Lake (Mono Co.). (See individual listings for regulations on tributary waters which include: Convict, Crooked, Hilton, Hot, McGee, and Whiskey creeks and the upper Owens River).
(A) Crowley Lake within 1,800 feet of the outlet dam (this area is marked with a series of buoys). Closed to all fishing all year for safety purposes.
(B) Crowley Lake, except for the closed area near the outlet dam (see above). Last Saturday in Apr. through July 31. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Aug. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(53.5) Davis Creek and tributaries (Modoc Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(54) Davis Lake tributaries (Plumas Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(54.5) Deadman Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) Deadman Creek downstream from Highway 395.  See Owens River 7.50(b)(134). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 16 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Deadman Creek upstream from Highway 395. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(55) Deep Creek (San Bernardino Co.) from headwaters at Little Green Valley to confluence of Willow Creek. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(56) Deer Creek (Tehama Co.).
(A) From 250 feet below Upper Deer Creek Falls and fishway (located 1.5 miles upstream from Potato Patch Campground) downstream 31 miles to U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing at mouth of Deer Creek Canyon (see Section 2.35 for closure at Upper Deer Creek Falls). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing at mouth of Deer Creek Canyon downstream to mouth of Deer Creek. June 16 through Sept. 30. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession. 
(57) Deer Creek (Yuba and Nevada cos.) from mouth to Smartville-Englebright Dam road crossing. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(58) Diaz Lake (Inyo Co.). First Saturday in Mar. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in Mar. 5 trout
(59.5) Dry Creek and tributaries (Placer Co.) east of the Atkinson Street Bridge in Roseville. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(60) Dry Creek (Yuba and Nevada cos.) from mouth to Sid Smith Dam about one mile above junction of Scott Forbes and Peoria roads. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(61) Eagle Lake and tributaries (Lassen Co.).
(A) Eagle Lake. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Dec. 31. 2 trout per day.
4 trout in possession
(B) Eagle Lake inside the breakwater at the Gallatin Marina and Pine Creek Slough and Pine Creek below State Highway 44. Closed to all fishing all year.
(C) Eagle Lake tributaries, including Pine Creek above State Highway 44. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(61.5) Earl Lake/Talawa (Del Norte Co.). All year. Only barbless hooks may be used. Cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches.  2 cutthroat trout. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(62.5) Edson Creek and all tributaries (Siskiyou Co.). See McCloud River 7.50(b)(115).
(63) Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.
(A) Main stem
1. From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River.  All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from April 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May. Only barbless hooks may be used from fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Catch and Release of Chinook salmon.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2. From Fulmor Road  at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1).  All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from Apr. 1 through Sept. 30. Only barbless hooks may be used from Oct. 1 through Mar. 31. Catch and Release of Chinook salmon.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
3. From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Jan. 1 through Mar. 31 and Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.
Catch and Release of Chinook salmon.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
Apr. 1 through the Fourth Friday in May and Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Closed to all fishing
(B) Van Duzen River.
1. Main Stem and tributaries above Eaton Falls, located about 1/2 mile upstream of the mouth of the South Fork (Little Van Duzen) and 2 1/2 miles west of Dinsmore. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
2. Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to  the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30. Only barbless hooks may be used from Oct. 1 through Mar. 31. Catch and Release of Chinook salmon.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
Apr.1 to Fourth Friday in May. Closed to all fishing
(C) South Fork Eel River from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30. Only barbless hooks may be used from Oct. 1 through Mar. 31. Catch and Release of Chinook salmon.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
 Apr.1 to Fourth Friday in May. Closed to all fishing
(D) Middle Fork Eel River.
1. Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Jan. 1 to May 31 and July 16 through Sept. 30. At all times, only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
Jun. 1 through July 15 and Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Closed to all fishing
2. Middle Fork tributaries above Indian Dick/Eel River Ranger Station Road. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. 5 trout
3. Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Uhl Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
4. Balm of Gilead Creek and tributaries above falls and 1-1/4 miles from mouth. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
5. North Fork of Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Willow Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(64) El Estero Lake (Monterey Co.) portions of the lake south of the Pearl Street bridge known as Camino Aquajito Arm and Camino El Estero finger. Closed to all fishing all year.
(65) Elk Creek (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the confluence of South Fork Elk Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(66) Elk River (Humboldt Co.) downstream from Highway 101 bridge, excluding tributaries. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(67) Fall River (Shasta Co.).
(A) Fall River from its origin at Thousand Springs downstream to the mouth of the Tule River and including Spring Creek and excluding all other tributaries. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(68) Feather River below Oroville Dam (Butte, Sutter and Yuba cos.).
(A) From Fish Barrier Dam to Table Mountain bicycle bridge in Oroville. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) From Table Mountain bicycle bridge to Highway 70 bridge. Jan. 1 through July 15. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) From Highway 70 bridge to the unimproved boat ramp above the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall. All year. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(D) From the unimproved boat ramp above the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall to 200 yards above the Live Oak boat ramp. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Oct. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession. 2 Chinook salmon. 4 Chinook salmon in possession.
Oct. 16 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(E) From 200 yards above Live Oak boat ramp to the mouth. For purposes of this regulation, the lower boundary is defined as a straight line drawn from the peninsula point on the west bank to the Verona Marine boat ramp. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Dec. 16. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession. 2 Chinook salmon. 4 Chinook salmon in possession.
Dec. 17 to Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(68.1) Feather River, Middle Fork (Plumas Co.), from the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge (1/4 mile upstream of County A-23 bridge) to the Mohawk Bridge. First Saturday in April through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(68.2) Feather River North Fork from Belden Bridge downstream to Cresta Powerhouse (excluding reservoirs) (Butte and Plumas cos.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(68.3) Fish Slough (Mono Co.).
(A) The portions of Fish Slough which lie within the Owens Valley Native Fishes Sanctuary and BLM Spring. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) All other portions of Fish Slough. Also, see Section 5.00(b)(16) for black bass regulations. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. 0 trout
(69) Freshwater Creek (Humboldt Co.) downstream from bridge at “3 Corners” on the Old Arcata Road, excluding tributaries.  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(69.5) Freshwater Lagoon (Humboldt Co.). All year.  5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(70) Garcia River (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the Eureka Hill Road bridge.  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(71) Golden Trout Wilderness Area (Tulare Co.), excluding the main stem Kern River (see subsection 7.50(b)(86), and the Tule River drainage (See subsection 7.50(b)(197)). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 5 trout
(71.5) Grass Valley Creek Reservoir (Trinity Co.). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout.
(72) Greenwood Creek (Mendocino Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the log bridge about 1-1/2 miles east of Highway 1.  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(72.5) Guadalupe River below Guadalupe Reservoir (Santa Clara Co.) including Los Gatos Ck. below Vasona Lake, and Alamitos Ck. and Arroyo Calero below Calero Reservoir. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.  Only artificial lures and barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(73) Gualala River (Mendocino and Sonoma cos.). Also see Section 8.00(b). Main stem below the confluence of Wheatfield and South Forks. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. Fishing from a flotation device is prohibited from Nov. 15 through Feb. 28 from the confluence of the North Fork to the Highway 1 bridge. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(74) Hat Creek (Shasta Co.) from Lake Britton upstream to Baum Lake, exclusive of the concrete Hat No. 2 intake canal between Baum Lake and the Hat No. 2 Powerhouse. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Aquatic invertebrates of the orders Plecoptera (stoneflies), Ephemeroptera (mayflies) and Trichoptera (caddisflies) may not be taken or possessed. 2 trout
(75) Hat Creek No. 1 and Cassel Forebays (Shasta Co.). Those portions of Hat Creek known as No. 1 Forebay and Cassel Forebay. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(76) Heenan Lake and tributaries (Alpine Co.).
(A) Heenan Lake. Only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the Friday before Labor Day through the last Sunday in Oct. Fishing hours: only from sunrise to sunset. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Heenan Lake tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(77) Hennessey Lake tributaries (Napa Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.  5 trout
(77.3) Hilton Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) Hilton Creek downstream from Crowley Lake Drive. Last Saturday in Apr. through the Friday preceding Memorial Day and Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) Hilton Creek upstream from Crowley Lake Drive. Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(77.5) Hobart Creek (Tuolumne Co.), tributary to Spicer Meadows Reservoir. July 1 through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(78) Hot Creek (Mono Co.). Hot Creek from the State hatchery property line to the confluence with the Owens River. All year. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(79) Illinois River and tributaries (Del Norte Co.). Closed to all fishing all year. 
(80) Independence Lake and tributaries (Nevada and Sierra cos.). NOTE: ALL LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT TROUT TAKEN SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE WATER.
(A) Independence Lake tributaries and Independence Lake within 300 feet of the mouths of all tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Independence Lake except Independence Lake within 300 feet of the mouths of all tributaries. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(81) Indian Tom Lake (Siskiyou Co.).  All year. 2 trout
(82) Inyo County, Southwestern portion, in all waters bounded by the Inyo County line on the south and west, Independence Creek on the north (open to fishing), and Highway 395 on the east (also see Cottonwood Creek and Diaz Lake Restrictions). First Sat. in Mar. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(83) Islay Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(84) Junction Lake and tributaries (Mono Co.) including the lake’s outlet stream to Highway 108. Closed to all fishing all year.
(84.5) Kaweah River and tributaries (Tulare Co.). All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(85) Kent Lake tributaries (Marin Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(86) Kern River (Kern and Tulare cos.).
(A) From Lake Isabella to the Johnsondale bridge. All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) From Johnsondale bridge upstream to the point where U.S. Forest Service Trail 33E30 heads east to join the Rincon Trail. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(C) From the point where U.S. Forest Service Trail 33E30 heads east to join the Rincon Trail upstream to the mouth of Tyndall Creek.  Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 10 inches total length for rainbow trout only. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(87) Kings River (Fresno Co.).
(A) Kings River, South Fork from its confluence with Copper Creek downstream to the Highway 180 crossing at Boyden Cave. All year. 2 trout
(B) Kings River South Fork, from the Highway 180 crossing at Boyden Cave downstream to the main stem; Middle Fork, from the western boundary of Kings Canyon National Park downstream to the main stem; and main stem, from the confluence of the South and Middle forks downstream to Garnet Dike Campground. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(C) Kings River, from Garnet Dike Campground downstream to Pine Flat Lake. All year. 2 trout
(D) Kings River from Pine Flat Dam downstream to U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(E) Kings River Thorburn Spawning Channel, the 2,200 foot long channel located 5 miles downstream from Pine Flat Dam, and the reach of river within a 200-foot radius of the channel exit. Closed to all fishing all year.
(F) Kings River from Cobbles (Alta) Weir downstream to the Highway 180 crossing. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(89) Kirman (Carmen) Lake (Mono Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov 15. Minimum size limit: 16 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(90) Kirman (Carmen) Lake tributaries (Mono Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(91) Klamath River above Iron Gate Dam.
(A) Klamath River main stem and all tributaries above Iron Gate Dam, except Shovel Creek and tributaries. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) Shovel Creek and tributaries above mouth of Panther Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(C) Shovel Creek and tributaries up to and including Panther Creek. Closed to all fishing all year.
(91.1) Klamath River all anadromous waters in the Lower Klamath River Basin downstream of Iron Gate and Lewiston dams (Del Norte, Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity Cos.). (See North Coast District Regulations, Section 7.00(a)(5), for the non-anadromous waters of the Lower Klamath River Basin.)
NOTE: The Lower Klamath River Basin fishing regulations are available in the 2017-2018 supplemental fishing regulations booklet. The 2017 salmon regulations will be decided in April 2017 by the California Fish and Game Commission to align with the 2017 federal salmon regulations.  The final 2017 salmon regulations will be announced on the Department web site (wildlife.ca.gov) and will be available in the 2017-2018 supplemental fishing regulations booklet in May 2017.
(92) Klopp Lake (Humboldt Co.). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(93) Laguna de Santa Rosa (Sonoma Co. tributary to Russian River) upstream from Guerneville Road bridge. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Open to fishing for non-salmonids only. Closed to the take of trout and steelhead.
(95) Lagunitas Creek and tributaries (Marin Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(96) Lagunitas Lake (Marin Co.). All year. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(96.5) Lane Lake (Mono Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(98) Lassen Creek and tributaries (Modoc Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(98.5) Laurel Lakes and tributaries (Mono Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(98.6) Lee Vining Creek from the Lee Vining conduit downstream to Mono Lake (Mono Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(99) Limeklin Creek and tributaries above Highway 1 (Monterey Co.). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(9). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(100) Little Butano Creek above the diversion dam at Butano State Park (San Mateo Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(101) Little Cottonwood Creek and tributaries (Inyo Co.). See Cottonwood Creek 7.50(b)(48).
(102) Little River (Humboldt Co.) downstream from the County Road bridge at Crannell, excluding tributaries. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 cutthroat trout.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession. 
(103) Little Sur River and tributaries above Coast Road (Monterey Co.). Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(103.5) Little Truckee River (Sierra and Nevada cos.) from Stampede Reservoir Dam downstream to Boca Reservoir. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov.16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(104) Llagas Creek (Santa Clara Co.).  Also see Low-FlowRestrictions, Section 8.00(c)(5).
(A) From mouth to Monterey Highway Bridge. Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From Monterey Highway Bridge to Chesbro Dam. Closed to all fishing all year.
(104.3) Los Angeles Aqueduct from Owens River to Alabama Gates (Inyo County). First Saturday in Mar. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov.16 through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in Mar. 5 trout
(104.5) Los Osos Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.). Closed to all fishing all year. 
(105) Los Padres Reservoir (Monterey Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 5 brown trout.
0 rainbow trout.
(106) Macklin Creek (Nevada Co.), arising near Milton-Bowman Tunnel alignment, flowing northwesterly and having its junction with the Middle Fork Yuba River about 2-1/4 miles downstream from Milton Reservoir. Closed to all fishing all year.
(107) Mad River and tributaries (Humboldt Co.).
(A) Mad River from the mouth to 200 yards upstream. Jan. 1 through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Mad River main stem, from 200 yards above its mouth upstream to the confluence with Cowan Creek, excluding tributaries. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)4).  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) Mad River main stem, from the confluence with Cowan Creek to the confluence with Deer Creek, excluding tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(D) Mad River main stem from the confluence with Deer Creek to Ruth Dam. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(E) Mad River and tributaries above Ruth Dam. Last Saturday in May through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(109) Mammoth Pool (Fresno and Madera cos.). June 16 through Apr. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(110) Mammoth Pool tributaries (Fresno and Madera cos.) from their mouths to a point 300 feet upstream. June 16 through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(111) Martis Creek from the Martis Lake dam downstream to the confluence with the Truckee River (Nevada Co.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(112) Martis Lake and tributaries (Nevada and Placer cos.).
(A) Martis Lake. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Martis Lake tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(113) Mattole River (Humboldt Co.).  Also see Section 8.00(a).
(A) Mattole River main stem from mouth to 200 yards upstream. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Mattole River main stem from 200 yards upstream of mouth to confluence with Stansberry Creek. Jan. 1 through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) Mattole River main stem from confluence with Stansberry Creek to confluence with Honeydew Creek. Jan. 1 through Mar 31 and Fourth Saturday in May through Aug. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(115) McCloud River and tributaries (Shasta and Siskiyou cos.).
(A) Moosehead Creek and all tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) McKay Creek and all tributaries including Sheepheaven Spring. Closed to all fishing all year. 
(C) Edson Creek and all tributaries, excluding Dry Creek. Closed to all fishing all year. 
(D) Swamp Creek and all tributaries. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(E) McCloud River from McCloud Dam downstream to confluence of Ladybug Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(F)  McCloud River from confluence of Ladybug Creek downstream to lower boundary of the U.S. Forest Service loop (southern boundary of section 36, T38N, R3W). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(G)  McCloud River from the lower boundary of the U.S. Forest Service loop (southern boundary of section 36, T38N, R3W) downstream to the upper boundary of the McCloud River Club (southern boundary of section 14, T37N, R3W). Closed to all fishing all year.
(115.2) McDonald Creek (Humboldt Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(115.3) McGee Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) McGee Creek downstream from Highway 395. Last Saturday in Apr. through the Friday preceding Memorial Day and Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.  2 trout
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) McGee Creek upstream from Highway 395.  Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(115.4) McKay Creek and all tributaries (Siskiyou Co.) See McCloud River 7.50(b)(115).
(115.6) McLeod Lake (Mono Co.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used 0 trout
(115.8) Meiss Lake (Alpine Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(116) Mendocino Lake tributaries (Mendocino Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(117) Merced River (Mariposa Co.).
(A) From the Happy Isles footbridge downstream to the western boundary of Yosemite National Park at El Portal.  Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 rainbow trout.
5 brown trout per day.
10 brown trout in possession.
(B) From the western boundary of Yosemite National Park at El Portal boundary downstream to Foresta bridge. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 rainbow trout.
5 brown trout per day.
10 brown trout in possession.
(C) From Foresta bridge downstream to Lake McClure. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr.  2 trout
(118) Merced River (Merced Co.).
(A) From Crocker-Huffman Dam downstream to the Schaffer bridge on Oakdale Road. Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From the Schaffer bridge on Oakdale Road downstream to the mouth. Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. Bait may be used from Jan. 1 - Oct. 31. However, from Apr. 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May, bait may be used only with single hooks having a gap between 1/2 and 1 inch, or with multiple hooks having a gap between 1/4 and 1/2 inch. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(118.2) Milk Ranch Creek and tributaries (Alpine Co.) above the confluence with the North Fork Mokelumne River. Closed to all fishing all year. 
(118.5) Mill Creek (Mono Co. tributary to West Walker River) and tributaries upstream from confluence with Lost Cannon Creek.  Closed to all fishing all year.
(119) Mill Creek (Tehama Co.).
(A) From the Lassen National Park boundary downstream to the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing at mouth of Mill Creek Canyon downstream to the mouth of Mill Creek. June 16 through Sept. 30.  2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(120) Milton Lake and Middle Fork Yuba River between Milton Lake and Jackson Meadows Dam (Nevada and Sierra cos.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 12 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(122) Mitchell Creek and tributaries (Contra Costa Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(124) Mokelumne River (San Joaquin Co.).
(A) From Camanche Dam to Highway 99 bridge. Jan. 1 through Mar. 31. 1 hatchery trout or 1 hatchery steelhead**
Fourth Saturday in May through July 15. 1 hatchery trout or 1 hatchery steelhead**
July 16 through Oct. 15. 1 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
2 Chinook salmon.
(B) From the Highway 99 bridge to the Woodbridge Irrigation District Dam including Lodi Lake. Jan. 1 through July 15. 1 hatchery trout or 1 hatchery steelhead**
July 16 through Dec. 31. 1 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
2 Chinook salmon.
(C) Between the Woodbridge Irrigation District Dam and the Lower Sacramento Road bridge. Closed to all fishing all year.
(D) From the Lower Sacramento Road bridge to the mouth.  For purposes of this regulation, this river segment is defined as Mokelumne River and its tributary sloughs downstream of the Lower Sacramento Road bridge and east of Highway 160 and north of Highway 12. Jan. 1 through July 15. 1 hatchery trout or 1 hatchery steelhead**
July 16 through Dec. 16. 1 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
2 Chinook salmon.
Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. 1 hatchery trout or 1 hatchery steelhead**
(125) Mono Creek (Fresno Co.) and tributaries from Edison Lake upstream to the confluence with the North Fork Mono Creek. June 1 through Oct. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(125.5) Moosehead Creek and all tributaries (Shasta and Siskiyou cos.). See McCloud River 7.50(b)(115).
(126) Murray Canyon Creek and tributaries (Alpine Co.) upstream from the falls located about 1/4 mile above the confluence with the East Fork Carson River. Closed to all fishing all year.
(128) Nacimiento River (Monterey and San Luis Obispo cos.)
(A) From the headwaters in the Los Padres National Forest, downstream to the southern border of Fort Hunter-Liggett Military Reservation. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(B) Nacimiento Lake, and the main stem Nacimiento River upstream to the southern boundary of Fort Hunter-Liggett. All year. 5 trout
(C) Main stem below Nacimiento Dam, downstream to its confluence with the Salinas River. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(129) Napa River and tributaries (Napa Co.). Also see Section 8.00(b).
(A) Main stem above the Oakville Cross Road Bridge near Yountville and all Napa River tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Main stem from the Oakville Cross Road Bridge near Yountville to the Trancas Bridge. Note: The Napa River below the Trancas Bridge is tidewater, and is under regulations for the Ocean and San Francisco Bay District (see Sections 1.53 and 27.00). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(130) Navarro River (Mendocino Co.). Main stem below the Greenwood Road bridge. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(b)(1). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(130.5) Nelson Corral Reservoir and tributary (Lassen Co.).
(A) Nelson Corral Reservoir. All year. 2 trout
(B) Nelson Corral Reservoir tributary (the unnamed tributary entering the reservoir at the north end). Closed to all fishing all year
(130.6) New Bullards Bar Reservoir All year. 5 trout.
10 landlocked salmon per day.
20 landlocked salmon in possession. ∞
(131) Newlands Lake tributaries (Lassen Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(132) Nicasio Lake tributaries (Marin Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(133) Noyo River (Mendocino Co.). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(b)(1).
(A) Noyo River main stem from the mouth to the Georgia-Pacific logging road bridge one mile east of Highway 1. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Noyo River main stem from the Georgia-Pacific logging road bridge one mile east of Highway 1 to the confluence with the South Fork Noyo River. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 1. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.  2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) Noyo River main stem from the confluence with the South Fork Noyo River to the Sonoma/Mendocino Boy Scout Council Camp.  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(134) Owens River (Inyo and Mono cos.) including Pleasant Valley and Tinemaha lakes, except (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E) below. First Saturday in Mar. through Oct. 31. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov. 1 through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in Mar. 5 trout
(A) Upper Owens River from Benton Bridge road crossing upstream to Big Springs. Above Big Springs, see Deadman Creek 7.50(b)(54.5). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 16 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Upper Owens River from Benton Bridge road crossing downstream to Upper Owens River fishing monument. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(C) Upper Owens River from fishing monument (located about 1/4 mile upstream from maximum lake level) to Crowley Lake.  Last Saturday in Apr. through July 31. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Aug. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(D) From Pleasant Valley Dam downstream to footbridge at lower end of Pleasant Valley Campground. Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. 2 trout
Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(E) From footbridge at lower end of Pleasant Valley Campground east (downstream) 3.3 miles along Chalk Bluffs Road to the redwood sport fishing regulations sign. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(135) Pajaro River (Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito cos.) from mouth to Uvas Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(5). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(135.4) Lake Pardee All year. 5 trout.
10 landlocked salmon per day.
20 landlocked salmon in possession. ∞
(135.5) Parker Creek (Mono Co.) from the Lee Vining Conduit to Rush Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(135.8) Upper Penitencia Creek (Santa Clara Co.) a tributary to Coyote Ck.  Also see Section 8.00(c). Closed to all fishing all year
(136) Pescadero Creek (San Mateo Co.) from mouth to the Stage Road bridge at Pescadero.  See also Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(2). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(137) Pescadero Creek tributaries and main stem above the Stage Road bridge at Pescadero (Santa Cruz and San Mateo cos.) Closed to all fishing all year.
(138) Pillsbury Lake tributaries (Lake Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(139) Pine Creek and Pine Creek Slough (Lassen Co.) See Eagle Lake 7.50(b)(61).
(A) Pine Creek Slough and Pine Creek below State Highway 44. Closed to fishing all year.
(B) Pine Creek above State Highway 44. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(139.5) Pine Creek (Goose Lake Tributary) and tributaries (Modoc Co.). Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(139.7) Pinole Creek (Contra Costa Co.) and tributaries.  Closed to all fishing all year.
(140) Piru Creek (Los Angeles and Ventura cos.)
(A) Piru Creek and tributaries upstream of Pyramid Lake. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(B) From Pyramid Dam downstream to the bridge approximately 300 yards below Pyramid Lake. Closed to all fishing all year.
(C) From the bridge approximately 300 yards below Pyramid Lake downstream to the falls about 1/2 mile above the old Highway 99 bridge. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(141) Pit River (Shasta and Modoc cos.).
(A) Pit River (Modoc County) from the Hwy 395 bridge/South Fork Pit River crossing near the town of Likely downstream to the Highway 299 (Canby) bridge/Pit River crossing. All year. 0 trout
(B) From Pit No. 3 (Britton Dam) downstream to the outlet of the Pit No. 3 Powerhouse. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(C) Pit River, from Pit No. 3 Powerhouse downstream to Pit No. 7 dam. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(D) From Pit No. 7 dam downstream to Shasta Lake. All year. 5 trout
(143) Pole Creek and tributaries (Placer Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(144) Portuguese Creek, West Fork (Madera Co.) from headwaters downstream to confluence with the East Fork Portuguese Creek.  Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(145) Prosser Creek from the Prosser Reservoir dam downstream to the confluence with the Truckee River (Nevada Co.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(146) Purisima Creek (San Mateo Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(147) Putah Creek (Solano and Yolo cos.) from Solano Lake to Monticello Dam. All year. Only artificial lures and barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(148) Redwood Creek and tributaries (Alameda Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(149) Redwood Creek and tidewaters (Marin Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(150) Redwood Creek (Humboldt Co.). Also see Section 8.00(a).
(A) Redwood Creek main stem within a radius of 200 yards of its mouth. Jan. 1 through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Redwood Creek main stem, from 200 yards above the mouth to the mouth of Prairie Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used.  2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) Redwood Creek main stem, from the mouth of Prairie Creek to the mouth of Bond Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
(D) Redwood Creek and tributaries, above the mouth of Bond Creek. Closed to all fishing all year.
(150.5) Robinson Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) From the U.S. Forest Service boundary downstream to Upper Twin Lake. Last Saturday in April through Sept. 14. 5 trout
Sept.  15 through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Between Upper and Lower Twin Lakes. Last Saturday in April through Sept. 14. 5 trout
(151) Rock Creek Diversion Channel (Mono Co.). Rock Creek Diversion Channel from its source below Tom’s Place to its confluence with Crooked Creek. Closed to all fishing all year.
(152) Rock Creek (Shasta Co.) from its confluence with Pit River to Rock Creek Falls (about one mile upstream). Closed to all fishing all year.
(152.5) Roosevelt Lake (Mono Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(153) Rush Creek (Mono Co.) only from Grant Lake Dam downstream to Mono Lake. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(154) Russian Gulch and tributaries (Sonoma Co.). Main stem below the confluence of the East Branch. Also see Section 8.00(b).  Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(155) Russian River and tributaries (Sonoma and Mendocino cos.). Also see section 8.00(b).
(A) Russian River main stem below the confluence of the East Branch Russian River. (See also Mendocino Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(116)). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from Apr. 1 through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Russian River main stem above the confluence of the East Branch and all Russian River tributaries. (See Laguna de Santa Rosa 7.50(b)(93) and Santa Rosa Creek 7.50(b)(172) for non-salmonids only.) Closed to all fishing all year.
(C) Russian River within 250 feet of the Healdsburg Memorial Dam. Closed to all fishing all year.
(156) Sacramento River and tributaries above Keswick Dam (Shasta and Siskiyou cos.). Also see Sierra District General Regulations (See Section 7.00(b)).
(A) Sacramento River and tributaries from Box Canyon Dam downstream to the Scarlett Way bridge in Dunsmuir. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Sacramento River and tributaries excluding Soda Creek from Scarlett Way bridge downstream to the county bridge at Sweetbriar (See Soda Creek 7.50(b)(180.5)). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(C) Sacramento River mainstem (excluding all tributaries) from the Scarlett Way bridge downstream to the county bridge at Sweetbriar. Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(D) Sacramento River and tributaries excluding Castle Creek from the county bridge at Sweetbriar downstream to Shasta Lake (See Castle Creek 7.50(b)(39.3)). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(E) Sacramento River mainstem (excluding all tributaries) from the county bridge at Sweetbriar downstream to Shasta Lake. Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(156.5) Sacramento River and tributaries below Keswick Dam (Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo Cos.). Also see Sierra District General Regulations (See Section 7.00(b)).
(A) Sacramento River from Keswick Dam to 650 feet below Keswick Dam. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Sacramento River from 650 feet below Keswick Dam to the Deschutes Road bridge. All year. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
The Fish and Game Commission is considering action to close the Sacramento River to fishing from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge in Redding to protect winter-run Chinook salmon.  Please check the Commission webpage at www.fgc.ca.gov for current information.
(C) Sacramento River from the Deschutes Road bridge to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Jan. 1 through July 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
Aug. 1 through Dec. 16. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(D) Sacramento River from the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Hwy 113 bridge near Knights Landing. Note: It is unlawful to take fish 0-250 feet downstream from the overflow side of the Moulton, Colusa and Tisdale Weirs. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** 4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Dec. 16. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(E) Sacramento River from the Hwy 113 bridge near Knights Landing to the Carquinez Bridge (includes Suisun Bay, Grizzly Bay and all tributary sloughs west of Highway 160). Note: It is unlawful to take fish 0-250 feet downstream from the overflow side of the Fremont and Sacramento Weirs. Jan. 1 through July 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
July 16 through Dec. 16. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 Chinook salmon.
4 Chinook salmon in possession.
Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(157) Sagehen Creek (Nevada Co.)
(A) From the stream gauging station (located about one-eighth mile below Sagehen Creek Station Headquarters) upstream to about one-eighth of a mile above the station headquarters at a point where the stream splits into two sections. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) From the Highway 89 bridge upstream to the gauging station at the east boundary of Sagehen Creek Station. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(158) Salinas River and tributaries (Monterey and San Luis Obispo cos.).  Also see Section 8.00(c).
(A) The main stem Salinas River.  Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
(B) All Salinas River tributaries upstream of Arroyo Seco River confluence (including the San Antonio River below San Antonio Reservoir and Dam, Paso Robles Creek and tributaries, Atascadero Creek, Santa Margarita Creek and tributaries but excluding the Nacimiento River) See 7.50(b)(128). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(159) Salmon Creek and tributaries (Sonoma Co.). Also see section 8.00(b).
(A) Salmon Creek main stem below Highway 1. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Salmon Creek main stem above Highway 1 and all Salmon Creek tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(160) Salmon Creek and tributaries above Highway 1 (Monterey Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(161) Salmon River (Siskiyou Co.) See Klamath River 7.50(b)(91.1).
(163) San Benito River and tributaries (San Benito Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(164) San Clemente Creek and tributaries (Monterey Co.) except for Trout Lake. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(165.2) San Diego Creek (Orange Co.). Downstream of the MacArthur Blvd. bridge only. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Open to fishing for non-salmonids only. Closed to the take of trout, and steelhead.
(166) San Francisquito Creek and tributaries (Santa Clara and San Mateo cos.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(167) San Gabriel River, west fork and tributaries (Los Angeles Co.)
(A) Upstream of Cogswell Dam (including Cogswell reservoir and its tributaries). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(B) From Cogswell Dam downstream to the second bridge upstream from the highway 39 bridge. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(167.2) San Gabriel River (Los Angeles and Orange cos.) Upstream of the Highway 22 bridge to the start of concrete-lined portion of the river channel. Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Open to fishing for non-salmonids only. Closed to the take of trout, and steelhead.
(168) San Gregorio Creek (San Mateo Co.) from the mouth to the Stage Road bridge at San Gregorio. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(2). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(168.5) San Joaquin River. (Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Cos.).
(A) From Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 bridge. All year. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From the Highway 140 bridge downstream to the Interstate 5 bridge at Mossdale. All year. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(168.6) San Juan Creek main stem (Orange Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(169) San Lorenzo River (Santa Cruz Co.) from the mouth to the Lomond Street bridge in the town of Boulder Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(3). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(170) San Luis Obispo Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.) from mouth to the first and most southwestern Highway 1/101 bridge (the first bridge upstream from the lagoon). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(170.1) San Luis Rey River (San Diego Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(170.5) San Mateo Creek and tributaries downstream from the falls between the Tenaja Road crossing and Fisherman’s Camp (San Diego and Riverside cos.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(171) San Simeon Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.) from mouth to the pedestrian bridge in San Simeon Beach State Park. Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(171.6) Santa Margarita River and tributaries downstream from the Interstate 15 bridge (San Diego and Riverside cos.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(171.7) Santa Paula Creek and tributaries above the falls located 3 miles upstream from the Highway 150 bridge (Ventura Co.). All year. 5 trout
(172) Santa Rosa Creek (Sonoma Co. tributary to Russian River) from Laguna de Santa Rosa to Highway 12 bridge. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.  Open to fishing for non-salmonids only. Closed to the take of trout, and steelhead.
(172.3) Santa Ynez River and tributaries downstream from Bradbury Dam (Santa Barbara Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(172.5) Santa Ynez River and tributaries upstream of Gibraltar Dam (Santa Barbara Co.) Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(3). All year. 2 trout
(172.7) Sausal Creek (Alameda Co.) and tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(173) Scott Creek (Santa Cruz Co.) from mouth to confluence with Big Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(3). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(174) Scott River (Siskiyou Co.). See Klamath River 7.50(b)(91.1).
(174.1) Scotts Flat Reservoir, upper All year 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
10 landlocked salmon per day.
20 landlocked salmon in possession. ∞
(174.3) See Canyon Creek (San Luis Obispo Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(174.5) Sespe Creek and tributaries above Alder Creek confluence(Ventura Co.). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(175) Shasta Lake (Shasta Co.). All year. 5 trout
(176) Shasta River (Siskiyou Co.).  See Klamath River 7.50(b)(91.1).
(176.5) Sheepheaven Spring (Siskiyou Co.). See McCloud River 7.50(b)(115).
(177) Shovel Creek and tributaries (Siskiyou Co.). See Klamath River 7.50(b)(91.1).
(177.2) Silver Creek (Mono County) tributary to West Walker River and tributaries upstream from Silver Falls. Closed to all fishing all year.
(177.5) Silver Creek between Sworinger Lake and Lost Lake and all other tributaries to Sworinger Lake (Modoc and Lassen cos.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(178) Silver King Creek and tributaries (Alpine Co.) upstream of the confluence with Snodgrass Creek. Closed to all fishing all year.
(178.5) Sisquoc River and tributaries (Santa Barbara Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(179) Slinkard Creek and tributaries (Mono Co.) upstream from a Department of Fish and Wildlife cable crossing located about 2.7 miles south of a point on Highway 89 two miles west of its junction with Highway 395 (the cable is located about 600 feet below a rock dam on Slinkard Creek within the south half of section 21, T9N, R22E).  Aug. 1 through Nov. 15. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(180) Smith River (Del Norte Co.) Yearly limits apply for entire river. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.
(A) Main stem from the mouth to confluence of Middle and South forks. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(7). Fourth Saturday in May through Apr. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Aug. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Sept. 1 through Apr. 30. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.
1 Chinook salmon and no more than 5 wild Chinook salmon* over 22 inches per year.
(B) Middle Fork Smith River
1. From mouth to Patrick Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(7). Fourth Saturday in May through Apr. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Aug. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Sept. 1 through Apr. 30. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.
1 Chinook salmon and no more than 5 wild Chinook salmon* over 22 inches per year.
2.  Above the mouth of Patrick Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(7). Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(C) South Fork Smith River
1. From the mouth upstream approximately 1,000 feet to the County Road (George Tryon) bridge and Craigs Creek to Jones Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Apr. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Aug. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Sept. 1 through Apr 30. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.
1 Chinook salmon and no more than 5 wild Chinook salmon* over 22 inches per year.
2. From the George Tryon bridge upstream to the mouth of Craigs Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(7). Closed to fishing all year
3. Above the mouth of Jones Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(7). Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(D) North Fork Smith River
1. From the mouth to Stony Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(7). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Aug. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Sept. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length.
1 Chinook salmon and no more than 5 wild Chinook salmon* over 22 inches per year.
2. Above the mouth of Stony Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 10 inches total length. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(180.5) Soda Creek (Shasta Co.) Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(180.6) Solano Lake (Solano County) All year. Only artificial lures and barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(181) Sonoma Creek and tributaries (Sonoma Co.).
(A) Sonoma Creek and tributaries above the Sonoma Creek seasonal waterfall in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (located 0.2 miles upstream of the west end of the Canyon Trail). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(B) Sonoma Creek and tributaries between the Sonoma Creek seasonal waterfall in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (located 0.2 miles upstream of the west end of the Canyon Trail) and the Highway 121 bridge. Note: Sonoma Creek below the Highway 121 Bridge is tidewater, and is regulated by regulations for the Ocean and San Francisco Bay District (see sections 1.53 and 27.00). Closed to all fishing all year.
(181.8) Sonoma Lake (Sonoma Co.). All year. 2 trout
(182) Sonoma Lake tributaries (Sonoma Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(183) Soquel Creek (Santa Cruz Co.) from mouth to confluence of East and West branch.  Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(4). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(184) Soulajoule Lake tributaries (Marin Co.). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
(185) Squaw Valley Creek and tributaries (Shasta Co.) only from the bridge crossing on US Forest Service road (#39N21) located 1/8 mile upstream of the mouth of Cabin Creek (Northwest 1/4 of Section 14, T38N, R3W) downstream to and including Tom Dow Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(186) Stanislaus River (Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne cos.).
(A) From Goodwin Dam downstream to the Highway 120 bridge in Oakdale. Jan. 1 through Oct. 31.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From the Highway 120 bridge in Oakdale to the mouth. Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. Bait may be used from Jan. 1 - Oct. 31. However, from April 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May, bait may be used only with single hooks having a gap between 1/2 and 1 inch, or with multiple hooks having a gap between 1/4 and 1/2 inch. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(187) Stanislaus River, Middle Fork (Tuolumne Co.).
(A) From Beardsley Dam downstream to the U. S. Forest Service footbridge at Spring Gap (including the Beardsley Afterbay). Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(B) From the U.S. Forest Service footbridge at Spring Gap to New Melones Reservoir. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 2 trout
(187.5) Stevens Creek (Santa Clara Co.) downstream of Stevens Reservoir. Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(188) Stone Lagoon (Humboldt Co.). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Cutthroat trout minimum size limit: 14 inches. 2 cutthroat trout.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(189) Stony Creek, and tributaries (Colusa, Glenn and Lake cos.).
(A) From the headwaters downstream to the diversion dam west of Stonyford in the center of Section 35, T18N, R7W, except the portion of Stony Creek Middle Fork from Red Bridge upstream. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) Stony Creek Middle Fork from Red Bridge upstream. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(189.5) Susan River (Lassen County) from the confluence of Willard Creek and the Susan River, downstream to the Bizz Johnson trail bridge located approx. 1/4 mi. downstream from the 3 mi. marker on the Bizz Johnson trail. Also, see Section 8.10 for special open season for youths participating in Youth Fishing Derby. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(189.8) Swamp Creek and all tributaries (Siskiyou Co.) See McCloud River 7.50(b)(115).
(190) Sweetwater River and tributaries downstream from the Sweetwater Dam (San Diego Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(191) Sworinger Lake tributaries (Modoc and Lassen cos.) upstream to the first lake. Closed to all fishing all year.
(192) Tahoe Lake and tributaries (Placer and El Dorado cos.).
(A) Tahoe Lake tributaries upstream to the first lake. July 1 through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) Tahoe Lake except (192)(C) below. All year. 5 trout , but no more than 2 mackinaw trout
(C) Tahoe Lake within 300 feet of the mouth of its tributaries. July 1 through Sept. 30. 5 trout , but no more than 2 mackinaw trout
(193) Ten Mile River (Mendocino Co.). Ten Mile River main stem below the confluence with the Ten Mile River North Fork, and the Ten Mile River North Fork below the confluence with Bald Hill Creek. Also see Section 8.00(b)(1). Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession..
(193.5) Topanga Canyon Creek and tributaries (Los Angeles Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(194) Topaz Lake (Mono Co.). Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. 5 trout
(194.5) Trabuco Creek (a.k.a. Arroyo Trabuco Creek)(Orange Co.). Downstream of the I-5 bridge to the confluence with San Juan Creek Closed to all fishing all year.
(194.6) Trinity Reservoir All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
10 landlocked salmon per day.
20 landlocked salmon in possession. ∞
(195) Trinity River. See Klamath River Regulations subsection (b)(91.1)
(195.1) Trinity River, above Trinity Dam (Trinity County) from the confluence with Tangle Blue Creek (Hwy. 3) downstream (south) to the mouth of Trinity Lake, approximately 13.8 miles. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(195.5) Trout Lake (Siskiyou County) Only Wednesdays and weekend from the last Saturday in Apr. through Sept. 30. Only artificial lures may be used. 2 trout
(196) Truckee River (Nevada, Placer and Sierra cos.).
(A) Truckee River for 1,000 feet below the Lake Tahoe outlet dam. Closed to all fishing all year.
NOTE: The Area From 1,000 Feet Below the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam Downstream to Trout Creek is Regulated by the District General Regulations.
(B) Truckee River from the confluence of Trout Creek downstream to the Glenshire Bridge. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(C) Truckee River from the Glenshire Bridge downstream to the mouth of Prosser Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(D) Truckee River from the mouth of Prosser Creek downstream to the Nevada State Line. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(197) Tule River and tributaries (Tulare Co.).
(A) Tule River, North Fork (Tulare Co.), only in the North Fork Tule River and all its forks and tributaries above the confluence with Pine Creek (about 50 yards upstream from the Blue Ridge road bridge, about 12-1/4 miles north of Springville). All year. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(B) All remaining portions of the Tule River and tributaries. All year. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(198) Tuolumne River (Stanislaus and Tuolumne cos.).
(A) From O’Shaughnessy Dam (Hetch Hetchy Reservoir) downstream to Early Intake Dam. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 12 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) From Early Intake Dam downstream to Lumsden Bridge. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(C) From Lumsden Bridge downstream to Clavey River Falls. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.  Maximum size limit: 12 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(D) From La Grange Dam downstream to Hickman bridge. Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(E) From Hickman bridge to the mouth. Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. Bait may be used from Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. However, from Apr. 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May, bait may be used only with single hooks having a gap between 1/2 and 1 inch, or with multiple hooks having a gap between 1/4 and 1/2 inch. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(199) Upper Otay Lake (San Diego Co.). All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 for all species
(199.5) Upper Truckee River and tributaries upstream from confluence with Showers Creek (Alpine and El Dorado cos.). July 1 through Sept. 30. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(200) Usal Creek and tributaries (Mendocino Co.). Also see section 8.00(b). Usal Creek main stem below the Usal-Shelter Cove Road. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(201) Uvas or Carnadero Creek (Santa Clara Co.). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(5).
(A) From Highway 152 Bridge to Uvas Dam. Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) From mouth to Highway 152 Bridge. Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(202) Van Duzen River (Humboldt Co.). See Eel River 7.50(b)(63) and Section 8.00(a).
(203.5) Waddell Creek (Santa Cruz Co.) from mouth to Highway 1 bridge. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(c)(3). Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days.  Only barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(204) Walker Creek and tributaries (Marin Co.) Also see section 8.00(b).
(A) Walker Creek main stem below Highway 1. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used from the fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31. Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Walker Creek main stem above Highway 1 and all Walker Creek tributaries. Closed to all fishing all year.
(204.5) Walker Creek (Mono Co.) from the Lee Vining Conduit to Rush Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(205) Walker River, East Fork (Mono Co.) From Bridgeport Dam to Nevada State Line. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. NOTE: BOW AND ARROW FISHING FOR CARP ONLY IS PERMITTED. 1 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. NOTE: BOW AND ARROW FISHING FOR CARP ONLY IS PERMITTED. 0 trout
(205.5) West Walker River (Mono County) from the confluence with the Little Walker River (Hwy. 395 bridge at mile marker 96) downstream (north) to the inlet of Topaz Lake. Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in April. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(206) Walnut Creek (Contra Costa Co.).
(A) Upstream of the confluence with Grayson Creek. Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) Downstream of the confluence with Grayson Creek. All year. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(206.5) Whiskey Creek (Mono Co.).
(A) Whiskey Creek downstream from Crowley Lake Drive (old Highway 395). Last Saturday in Apr. through the Friday preceding Memorial Day and Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Minimum size limit: 18 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.  2 trout
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept. 30. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(B) Whiskey Creek upstream from Crowley Lake Drive. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout per day.
10 trout in possession.
(207) Wildcat Creek and tributaries (Contra Costa Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(208) Willow Creek and tributaries (tributary to Goose Lake, Modoc Co.) Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(208.5) Wolf Creek and tributaries (tributary to West Walker River) (Mono Co.).  August 1 through November 15. Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(208.6) Wolf Creek Lake (tributary to Wolf Creek) (Mono County) Closed to all fishing all year.
(209) Yellow Creek (Plumas Co.) from Big Springs downstream to the marker at the lower end of Humbug Meadow. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Maximum size limit: 10 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
(210) Yuba River, Middle Fork (Nevada and Sierra cos.) from Jackson Meadows Dam downstream to Milton Lake. See Milton Lake 7.50(b)(120).
(211) Yuba River, North Fork (Sierra and Yuba cos.)
(A) From the western boundary of Sierra City to the confluence with Ladies Canyon Creek. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(B) From Ladies Canyon Creek  downstream to New Bullards Bar Reservoir. Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. 5 trout
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr.  Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 0 trout
(212) Yuba River, from mouth to Englebright Dam (Yuba and Nevada cos.)
(A) From mouth to Highway 20 bridge. All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.
(B) From Highway 20 bridge to Englebright Dam. Dec. 1 through Aug. 31. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. 2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**.
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession.

* Wild Chinook salmon are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip and not showing a healed left ventral fin clip.
**Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Article 4.  Supplemental Regulations

8.00. Low-Flow Restrictions.

(a) Eel River, Mad River, Mattole River, Redwood Creek, Smith River and Van Duzen River. Stream closures: Special Low Flow Conditions.

From September 1 for the Mad River only and October 1 for all other streams through January 31, any of the stream reaches listed in subsection (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Tuesday and Wednesday when  the department determines that the flow on the previous Monday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Thursday and Friday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Wednesday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) though (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling from Saturday through Monday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Friday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7). Notwithstanding this provision, the department may close or keep a stream reach closed to fishing when the minimum flow is exceeded on the scheduled flow determination day if the department is reasonably assured that the stream flow is likely to decrease below the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 before or on the next flow-determination date. In addition, the department may reopen a stream at any time during a closed period if the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 is exceeded and the department is reasonably assured that it will remain above the minimum flow until the next scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday flow determination. The department shall make information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream.

  • (1) The main stem Eel River from the paved junction of Fulmor Road with the Eel River to the South Fork Eel River.
  • Minimum Flow: 350 cfs at the gauging station near Scotia.
  • (2) The South Fork of the Eel River downstream from Rattlesnake Creek and the Middle Fork Eel River downstream from the Bar Creek.
  • Minimum Flow: 340 cfs at the gauging station at Miranda.
  • (3) Van Duzen River: The main stem Van Duzen River from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive  near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge).
  • Minimum Flow: 150 cfs at the gauging station near Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park.
  • (4) Mad River: The main stem Mad River from the Hammond Trail Railroad Trestle to Cowan Creek.
  • Minimum Flow: 200 cfs at the gauging station at the Highway 299 bridge.
  • (5) Mattole River: The main stem of the Mattole River from the mouth to Honeydew Creek.
  • Minimum Flow: 320 cfs at the gauging station at Petrolia.
  • (6) Redwood Creek: The main stem of Redwood Creek from the mouth to its confluence with Bond Creek.
  • Minimum Flow: 300 cfs at the gauging station near the Highway 101 bridge.
  • (7) Smith River: The main stem Smith River from the mouth of Rowdy Creek to the mouth of Patrick Creek (tributary of the Middle Fork Smith River); the South Fork Smith River from the mouth upstream approximately 1000 feet to the County Road (George Tyron) bridge and Craigs Creek to its confluence with Jones Creek; and the North Fork Smith River from the mouth to its confluence with Stony Creek.

Minimum Flow: 600 cfs at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park gauging station.

The number to call for information is (707) 822-3164.

(b) Mendocino, Sonoma, and Marin County coastal streams: Stream Closures: Special Low Flow Conditions.

From October 1 through April 30 as follows:

Any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (4) below shall be closed to all angling on Tuesday and Wednesday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Monday at the applicable designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in  subsections (1) through (4).

Any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (4) below shall be closed to all angling on Thursday and Friday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Wednesday at the applicable designated gauging stations is less than the  minimum flows set forth in  subsections (1) though (4).

Any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (4) below shall be closed to all angling from Saturday through Monday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Friday at the applicable designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (4).

Notwithstanding this provision, the department may close or keep a stream reach closed to fishing when the minimum flow is exceeded on the scheduled flow determination day if the department is reasonably assured that the stream flow is likely to decrease below the minimum flow as specified in the corresponding subsections (b)(1) through (4) before or on the next flow-determination date.

In addition, the department may reopen a stream at any time during a closed period if the minimum flow as specified in the corresponding subsections (b)(1) through (4) is exceeded and the department is reasonably assured that it will remain above the minimum flow until the next scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday flow determination.

The department shall make information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing.  It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream.

THE NUMBER TO CALL FOR INFORMATION IS (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino County and (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties.

  • (1) All streams tributary to the Pacific Ocean (and its bays) in Mendocino County, except for the Russian and Gualala rivers. 
    Minimum Flow: 200 cfs at the USGS gauging station on the main stem Navarro River near Navarro, CA.
  • (2) All streams tributary to the Pacific Ocean (and its bays) in Sonoma and Marin counties, except for the Russian River.
    Minimum Flow: 150 cfs at the gauging station on the South Fork Gualala River near Sea Ranch (Sonoma County).
  • (3) Russian River main stem below the confluence of the East Branch Russian River (Mendocino and Sonoma counties), Laguna de Santa Rosa, and Santa Rosa Creek.
    Minimum Flow: 300 cfs at the gauging station located on the main stem Russian River near Guerneville (Sonoma County).
  • (4) The Napa River (Napa County) between Trancas Avenue in Napa and Oakville Cross Bridge near Yountville.
    Minimum Flow: 15 cfs at the gauging station at the Oak Knoll Bridge on the main stem Napa River.

(c) South Central Coast Streams - Special Low Flow Closures:

During December 1 through March 7 the following streams (subsections (1) through (7)) will be closed to fishing when the department determines that stream flows are inadequate to provide fish passage for migrating steelhead trout and salmon. Closed streams will be reopened when the department determines flows are adequate for fish passage.

  • (1) Upper Penitencia Ck. (Santa Clara Co.) and Lower Coyote Ck. below its confluence with Upper Penitencia Ck (U. S. G. S. gauging station on lower Coyote Ck. above St. Highway 237 in Milpitas).
  • (2) Pescadero Creek and all anadromous reaches of San Mateo Co. coastal streams normally open for fishing, from Elliot Ck. through Milagro Ck., shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the Pescadero Ck. flows are impeding fish passage. (U. S. G. S. gauging station is on Pescadero Ck.)
  • (3) The San Lorenzo River and all its tributaries, as well as all anadromous reaches of coastal streams normally open for fishing in Santa Cruz Co. from the San Lorenzo R. on North through Wadell Ck., shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the San Lorenzo flows are impeding fish passage. (U. S. G. S. gauging station in Henry Cowell Redwood State Park).
  • (4) Aptos and Soquel Creeks (Santa Cruz Co.) shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the Soquel Ck. flows are impeding fish passage. (U. S. G. S. gauging station on Soquel Ck.).
  • (5) The Pajaro River and Uvas, Llagas, and Corralitos Creeks, (Santa Cruz, Monterey, & Santa Clara Co.) shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the Pajaro River flows are impeding fish passage. (U. S. G. S. gauging station on the lower Pajaro River).
  • (6) The main stem of the Salinas River (Monterey Co.), below its confluence with the Arroyo Seco River shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the flows are impeding fish passage (U. S. G. S. Spreckels gauging station on the Salinas R.).
  • (7) The Arroyo Seco River (Monterey Co.) shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the flows are impeding fish passage. (Flows to be evaluated at U.S.G.S. Spreckels gauging station on the Salinas R. and the U.S.G.S. gauging station near Geenfield on the Arroyo Seco R.).
  • (8) The Carmel River main stem, and the adjacent waters of San Jose, Gibson, Malpaso, Soberanes creeks that are West of Highway 1 (Monterey Co.), shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the flow at the U. S. G. S. gauging station near Carmel is less than 80 cfs.
  • (9) The Big Sur River main stem west of the Highway 1 bridge, all of Limekiln Ck and its tributaries, and the anadromous portions of all other Big Sur Coast streams west of Highway 1 in Monterey Co., from Granite Ck. south to Salmon Ck., shall be closed to all fishing when the department determines that the flow at the U. S. G. S. gauging station on the Big Sur River is less than 40 cfs.

The stream flow gauges referred to above in subsections (8) and (9) will be checked on Tuesday and Friday of each week. The decision as to whether these rivers will be open or closed to fishing will take place only on Tuesday and Friday of each week. In the event that river flow differs later in the week, the fishing status for each specific river will not change until the day following the next scheduled reading. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any of the rivers or creeks listed above in subsections (1) through (9). THE NUMBER TO CALL FOR INFORMATION IS (831) 649-2886.

8.10. YOUTH FISHING DERBY, SUSAN RIVER (LASSEN COUNTY).

The Susan River, from the second railroad tunnel (the westernmost) on the Biz Johnson Trail downstream to the Riverside bridge in the City of Susanville, is open to fishing on the Saturday preceding the last Saturday in April, only to persons under 16 years of age who are registered for the fishing  Derby sponsored by the Lassen County Sportsmen’s Club.