Pack your bags, load up your tackle boxes, grab your favorite rods and reels, and join us for great fishing adventures across California's many lakes, rivers and ocean waters. The Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to invite everyone on a journey that will take them throughout California in pursuit of a lifetime of amazing and diverse fishing opportunities. No prior experience needed!
To help highlight these many waters and to encourage people to more fully experience all of the fishing opportunities that the Golden State has to offer, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has designed the California Fishing Passport program. With this program, people will be challenged to fish their way around the state in search of 150 different fish and shellfish species. And like a traveler's passport book, for each successful catch, participants will receive special stamps in their books to mark their accomplishments.
The California Fishing Passport program is one that will appeal to everyone. From the first-time angler who wants to feel the sensation of that first bite, to those who enjoy spending quality time in the outdoors fishing with friends and family, to those who wish to passionately pursue the wide variety of different and unique fishing opportunities that only California can offer... the California Fishing Passport challenge has something for everyone!
Completing this challenge will not be an easy endeavor and it will likely entail using a variety of different fishing methods along the way. Everything from flyfishing to deep sea to surf to spinning to trolling tackle and techniques will be encouraged.
For anyone interested in engaging in and accepting the "Passport Challenge", just buy your annual fishing license and there will be no additional fees charged to register. Children 15 years and under will not need to buy a fishing license to participate.