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California Fishing and the Ocean Workshops

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You're Invited to Come Fishing With Us!

The July workshop is now FULL and the applications are CLOSED.
Please check again soon for additional workshops.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) California Fishing Passport program would like to help more men, women and children go fishing. To do so, we are offering free Ocean Fishing Workshops to teach people about California's many ocean fishes, the environment they live in, and how to fish for them. Our next workshop will be held the weekend of July 1-2, 2017. More workshops will follow in August.

These two-day ocean fishing workshops will all be held out of Dana Point in Southern California and registration is open to adults and children (8 years old and above) that are new to fishing. If you are new to California or ocean fishing or want to introduce a friend or family member to saltwater angling, we encourage you to sign up for this exciting and unique experience!

On the first day of the workshop (Saturday), we will teach participants some basic fishing skills and much more in a classroom setting at the Dana Point Harbor. CDFW staff and fishing pros will share local knowledge and fishing tips, fish identification pointers, and ethical angling practices. Biologists will provide insights into the locations and habitats where different types of fish reside, special concerns about certain species and the ocean environment, and some biological information about local fish. Later in the day, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to identify local fish species and about the region's marine protected areas, meet some of our local wildlife officers and learn about the fishing regulations that will be important to know before heading out to fish.

On the second day (Sunday), all workshop participants will be given the opportunity to put their new fishing knowledge and skills to work aboard a 3/4 day charter fishing trip on the link opens in new windowF/V Dana Pride with Fishing Passport staff, Fishing Passport Ambassadors, fishing pros and experienced volunteers!

To sign up, completely fill out the form below and click "Submit". Applicants may alternately link opens in new windowdownload this form (PDF) and mail it to the address on the form. Every adult who wishes to participate in the workshop must fill out their own form with their preferences of what they hope to learn. Successful applicants will be notified at least two weeks before each workshop. Workshop attendees are responsible for obtaining fishing licenses and validations (required for those age 16 and older). Space is limited so sign up today! Once workshops fill, new applicants will automatically be put on a wait list.

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Workshop Application

  • Participant Contact Information

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  • Fishing Survey – please elaborate on your experiences

  • 19. Do you and/or your family enjoy outdoor recreation? If so, which do you enjoy most? SELECT number indicating your preference, with 1 being the most favored.

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