This is a fishing incentive and angler recognition program designed to highlight and promote fishing throughout the state. A California Fishing Passport book serves as the basis of the program and it lists 150 different species of popular fresh and saltwater finfish and shellfish that occur throughout the state. With this passport book as a guide, anglers are encouraged to "Take the Challenge" to get out, go fishing, and try to catch one of every species listed. For each successful catch, participants will receive a stamp in their passport book documenting each achievement and become eligible for additional recognition and awards.
The Passport program is intended to provide adventure-seeking anglers with years of recreational opportunities, and to highlight and promote the many unique and diverse fishery resources available throughout California.
Passports can be provided free of charge to everyone who has purchased an annual California fishing license, and to children 15 years and under, upon their request. We are not able to provide bulk orders of passport books to groups.
Passport books and verifying stamps are available from all 10 official CDFW licensing offices and from licensing staff at sportsmen's shows (Fred Hall Fishing Tackle, Boat and Travel shows and the International Sportsmen's Expositions). They are also available from stamping agents throughout the state. You can also send an e-mail request for a passport book to email@example.com.
For each new species caught, verify the species, take a photo of the fish if possible, and fill in the catch report section of the passport book with all the data requested. If a camera is unavailable or if no photo is taken, the angler may have a fishing partner or another witness who is present certify the authenticity of the species caught by signing their name on the witness line for that species in the book. If the catch is kept, the species may also be verified by the stamping agent, who then signs on the Witness line in the passport. Catch-and-release is encouraged where appropriate/required, but released fish must be verified by photo or witness signature in the passport book.
Anglers may take their books and any verifying photos to an official CDFW licensing office, to a sportsmen's show (Fred Hall Fishing Tackle, Boat and Travel shows and the International Sportsmens Expositions), or to any authorized stamping agent to verify and stamp their book.
California is a state of remarkable outdoor recreational opportunities with an unrivaled diversity of fishing, boating and outdoor experiences. The Passport Program exists to provide the motivation, community, and information people need to get outside and enjoy the host of benefits California's outdoor recreational opportunities has to offer.
With 1,100 miles of ocean coastline, 220,000 square miles of ocean waters, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 29,664 miles of streams and rivers, and 1,800 miles of bay and delta waters, California has more fishing opportunities than any other state in the nation.
California has the greatest variety and amount of fishing opportunities available anywhere in the country. This program is designed to help guide people on a lifetime journey of fishing trips throughout the state and to help all who accept the Passport Challenge to engage in the full depth of possible fishing experiences that this beautiful state has to offer! Some of these benefits include:
Office of Communications, Education and Outreach
1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
California Fishing Passport
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
Passport@wildlife.ca.gov | (831) 649-7191
Program Coordinator: Carrie Wilson