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Black Bass

Fishing Regulations California Freshwater Fishing

DISTRICTS AND COUNTIES WITH SPECIAL BLACK BASS REGULATIONS

Area or Body of Water

Open Season

Size (total length)

Bag Limit

(1) Colorado River District: All waters (Bag and size limits conform with Arizona regulations.)

All year.

13-inch minimum.

6

(2) Inyo County: all streams east of Highway 395 from the southern Inyo County line north to the junction of Highway 6 and east of Highway 6 to the Mono County line.

All year.

12-inch minimum.

5

The remaining streams of Inyo County, except those waters listed in sections 7.50(b)(82) and 7.50(b)(134).

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

12-inch minimum.

5

All lakes, Big Pine Canal, Fish Spring Canal, and Millpond.

All year

12-inch minimum.

5

(3) Lassen County: all waters.

All year.

No size limit.

5

(4) Modoc County: all waters except Dorris and Big Sage Reservoirs (see subsection (a)(1)).

All year.

No size limit.

10

(5) Mono County: all waters, except for Fish Slough (see subsection (b)(16)) and those waters listed as closed to all fishing in Section 7.50.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

No size limit.

5

(6) Plumas County: all waters.

All year.

No size limit.

5

(7) Shasta County: all lakes except Britton, Shasta and Whiskeytown lakes (see subsection (a)(1) and Big Lake (see subsection (b)(9)).

All year.

No size limit.

5

INDIVIDUAL BODIES OF WATER WITH SPECIAL BLACK BASS REGULATIONS

Area or Body of Water

Open Season

Size (total length)

Bag Limit

(8) Barrett Lake (San Diego County). (Also see Section 2.08)

All year.

No black bass shall be possessed.

0

(9) Big Lake (Shasta County) (Also see Section 7.00(b)(4)).

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15

12-inch minimum

5

Nov. 16 through last Friday in Apr.

No black bass shall be possessed.

0

(10) Casitas Lake (Ventura County).

All year.

12-inch minimum. No more than one over 22 inches.

5

(11) Castaic Lake (Los Angeles County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

5

(12) Cuyamaca Lake (San Diego County).

All year.

No size limit. No smallmouth bass shall be possessed.

5

(13) Diamond Valley Lake (Riverside County)

All year.

Largemouth bass 15-inch minimum. No smallmouth bass shall be possessed

5

(14) Eastman Lake (Madera and Mariposa Cos.) (Note: See Section 7.50(b)(62) for special area closures).

All year.

22-inch minimum.

1

(15) El Capitan Reservoir (San Diego County).

All year.

12-inch minimum.

5

Fish Slough (Mono County), except the fenced portions of Fish Slough within Owens Valley Native Fishes Sanctuaries and BLM Spring, which are closed to all fishing all year.

All year.

No size limit.

5

(16) Hensley Lake (Madera County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(17) Hodges Lake (San Diego County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

5

(18) Isabella Lake (Kern County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(19) Kaweah Reservoir (Tulare County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(20) Lett’s Lake (Colusa County).

All year.

No size limit.

5

(21) Perris Lake (Riverside County)

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(22) Plaskett Meadows lakes, upper and lower (Glenn County).

All year.

No size limit.

5

(23) Shaver Lake (Fresno County).

All year.

No size limit.

5

(24) Silverwood Lake (San Bernardino County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(25) Skinner Lake (Riverside County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(26) Success Reservoir (Tulare County).

All year.

15-inch minimum.

2

(27) Trinity Lake (Trinity County).

Mar. 1 through May 31.

12-inch minimum.

2

June 1 through last day in Feb.

12-inch minimum.

5

(28) Trout Lake (Siskiyou County).

Only weekends and Wednesdays from last Sat. in Apr. through Sept. 30.

22-inch minimum.
Only artificial lures may be used.

1

(29) Upper Otay Lake (San Diego County). (Also see Section 2.08)

All year.

No black bass shall be possessed

0

5.00. Black Bass.

It is unlawful to take or possess black bass except as provided below:

(Note: Some waters are closed to all fishing under Section 7.50.)

(a) General Statewide Restrictions:

(1) Lakes/Reservoirs and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: The following waters, except for those listed in subsection (b) Special Regulations (below), are open to fishing all year, with a 12-inch minimum size limit and a five-fish daily bag limit: All lakes and reservoirs in the State, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, (see Section 1.71 for definition of the Delta).

(2) Rivers/Streams and Private Ponds: Rivers, streams, canals, and lakes or ponds entirely on private lands, which are not listed in subsection (b) Special Regulations (below), are open all year with no size limit and a five-fish daily bag limit.

(b) Special Regulations: Counties and individual waters listed below are those having regulations different from the General Statewide Restrictions in subsection (a) (above).