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2016-2017 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations

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open ocean sport fishing regulation booklet in new window or tab

link opens in new tab or window2016-2017 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Regulations effective March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 unless otherwise noted
This is the 2016-2017 Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet that was distributed in March, 2016. The bookmarked PDF file features red bookmark headings that denote sections that have changed or are new for 2016.

link opens in new tab or window2016-2017 Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement (PDF)
Regulations effective through February 28, 2017 unless otherwise noted
This is the annual supplement that contains final 2016 ocean salmon seasons and other fishing regulations. A minor change to the Pacific halibut regulations is also included, as well as freshwater salmon and trout fishing information.

2016 In-Season Ocean Fishing Regulation Changes
This page provides links to CDFW news releases detailing the reasons behind in-season regulatory changes as well as a summary of changes.

California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map
Up-to-date sport fishing regulations online - just click on the map to see regulations for your area.

California Marine Protected Area Maps and Regulations

Summaries of 2016 Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations

Ocean Salmon Season Information

Updated Dungeness and Rock Crab Season Information


Illustrations and Additional Information

California Fishing Passport

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


Black Rockfish and Blue Rockfish Identification Flyer (PDF)
A one-page printable flyer that shows how to distinguish between black rockfish and blue rockfish

link opens in new tab or windowFort Ross Red Abalone Closure Map (PDF)
New regulations (Section 29.15(b)(1)) effective January 1, 2014

Demonstration Video: California Abalone Reporting and Tagging Requirements
This video shows abalone sport divers and rock pickers how to comply with abalone regulations enacted April 2008.

link opens in new tab or windowFish Identification Illustrations (PDF)
Identification guide featuring common nearshore fishes.

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

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

Cowcod Conservation Areas

Tips for Viewing the Online Booklet

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The Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations has bookmarks embedded in it to help the user navigate between sections of the booklet. Set your PDF Reader plug-in to display "Bookmarks and Pages". With this setting you can click on the bookmarks and go to the related page of the booklet.

With the PDF Reader plug-in set to Bookmarks and Pages, your display should look like the inset to the right.

Click on one of the bookmark topics in the left column to take you to that part of the booklet.


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