Regulations | Illustrations and Additional Information
In-Season Groundfish Depth Restriction Change Effective August 25, 2018. Please review groundfish depth restriction changes in effect from the California-Oregon border to Point Conception as of August 25, 2018.
Pacific halibut fishery closing as of September 22, 2018.
- 2018-2019 Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulations
Regulations effective March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 unless otherwise noted.
This is the annual sport fishing regulations booklet distributed in late February, 2018.
- Full booklet download (PDF)
- General Provisions and Definitions
- Finfish Fishing Regulations
Includes limits, filleting, individual species regulations, and more
- Finfish Fishing Gear Restrictions
- Invertebrate Fishing Regulations
Includes limits, seasons, gear restrictions, individual species regulations, and more for abalone, crab, clams, lobster, mussels, scallops, and other invertebrates
- Marine Plant Regulations
- 2018-2019 Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement
Regulations effective through February 28, 2019 unless otherwise noted
This is the annual supplement that contains final 2018 ocean salmon seasons and other fishing regulations. Also includes up-to-date Pacific Halibut regulations and freshwater salmon and trout fishing information.
- 2018 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 2018 Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations
- Ocean Salmon Season Information
- Updated Dungeness and Rock Crab Season Information
- Fishing License Information
Fish Identification, How-To Videos, Maps, and Additional Information
California Fishing Passport
A 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.
Fish Identification Illustrations
Black, Blue Rockfish ID Flyer
This flyer lists identifying features that can be used to differentiate between black rockfish and blue rockfish.
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.
Crabbing for Dungeness Crab from a Vessel - Part I (YouTube)
This video shows different types of gear, and how to prepare for a day of crabbing.
Crabbing for Dungeness Crab from a Vessel - Part II (YouTube)
This video shows how to deploy and retrieve crab pots, as well as how to handle and measure Dungeness crab.
Rockfish and Lingcod Fishing Tips and Tricks (YouTube)
This video provides guidance and tips for having a successful day of fishing for rockfish and lingcod.
Live Bait Fishing (YouTube)
This video shows how to set up and fish surface waters using live bait.
Pier Fishing (YouTube)
This video shows how to set up and fish from a Southern California pier. Basic information applies to pier fishing at other locations in California, as well.
Demonstration Video (YouTube): California Abalone Reporting and Tagging Requirements
This video shows abalone sport divers and rock pickers how to comply with abalone regulations enacted April 2008.
Cowcod Conservation Areas
Fort Ross Red Abalone Closure Map (PDF)
Regulations (Section 29.15(b)(1)) effective January 1, 2014
Measurement Methods for Finfish and Invertebrates (PDF)