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California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book

California is home to a great diversity of freshwater and saltwater finfish and shellfish. The California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book serves not only as a companion guide to the California Fishing Passport, it also stands on its own merits. With comprehensive information for people to use as they fish their way throughout the state in pursuit of all the species included in the program, and detailed illustrations by top artists Amadeo Bachar, Joseph Tomelleri and Jeremy Taylor, readers should find this to be a great resource guide for California's many different fisheries for years to come. All of the species featured in the program and in this book are those that we have found to be most important to the anglers, divers and outdoor sports enthusiasts of California.

Much of the content and material for this book came from CDFW publications and staff experts. Each entry provides specific information about fish or shellfish as it occurs in California. We hope that the California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book will provide an exciting peek into the many opportunities that await anglers of all ages here in California.

To view excerpts from the book, please select a species of fish or shellfish below:

California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book

For single copies of the California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book, please contact the CDFW Publications address below. To buy books in bulk and/or to become a distributor, please review our Partners page for details.

CDFW Publications
1807 13th Street, Suite 104
Sacramento, CA 95811
publications@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone (916) 322-8978



Office of Communications, Education and Outreach
1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-8911


California Fishing Passport Book
California Fishing Passport
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
Passport@wildlife.ca.gov | (831) 649-7191
Program Coordinator: Carrie Wilson