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District Regulations

Fishing Regulations California Freshwater Fishing

Article 1. District Definitions

6.31. North Coast District Definition.

The North Coast District consists of the inland waters of all of Trinity, Humboldt and Del Norte counties and the portion of Siskiyou County northwest of a line drawn between Mt. Eddy and the Black Butte Summit railroad crossing of Interstate 5 and west of Interstate 5 between the railroad crossing and Weed, and west of Highway 97 between Weed and the Oregon border.

6.32. North Central District Definition.

The North Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties.

6.33. South Central District Definition.

The South Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties; all of Alameda County west of Interstate 680, and that portion of Alameda County which is both east of Interstate 680 and south of Interstate 580; all of Contra Costa County west of Interstate 80, and that portion of Contra Costa County which is both south of Highway 4 and west of Interstate 680.

6.34. Southern District Definition.

The Southern District consists of the inland waters of all of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and those portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties outside of the Colorado River District (see section 6.37).

6.35. Sierra District Definition.

The Sierra District consists of all of Modoc, Lassen, Shasta, Sierra, Plumas, Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties; Tulare County east of the west boundaries of Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park; Fresno County east of the west boundaries of Sierra and Sequoia National Forests (excluding Pine Flat Lake); Madera County east of the west boundary of Sierra National Forest; Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties east of Highway 49 (excluding Don Pedro, McClure and New Melones lakes); the portion of Siskiyou County southeast of a line drawn between Mt. Eddy and the Black Butte summit railroad crossing of Interstate 5 and east of Interstate 5 between the railroad crossing and Weed and east of Highway 97 between Weed and the Oregon border; and Tehama County excluding Black Butte Lake.

Those waters excluded above are part of the Valley District (see section 6.36).

6.36. Valley District Definition.

The Valley District consists of all of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties; Tulare County west of the west boundaries of Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park; Fresno County west of the west boundaries of Sierra and Sequoia National Forests (including all of Pine Flat Lake); Madera County west of the west boundary of the Sierra National Forest; Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer and Tuolumne counties west of Highway 49 (including all of Don Pedro, McClure and New Melones lakes); that portion of Alameda County which is both east of Interstate 680 and north of Interstate 580; and all of Contra Costa County east of Interstate 680 and that portion of Contra Costa County which is both north of Highway 4 and east of Interstate 80; and all of Black Butte Lake.

6.37. Colorado River District Definition.

The Colorado River District consists of Imperial County and those portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties lying south and east of the following line: Starting at the intersection of Highway 86 with the north boundary of Imperial County; north along Highway 86 to its intersection with Interstate 10; east along Interstate 10 to its intersection with Cottonwood Springs Road; north along Cottonwood Springs Road and the Mecca Dale Road to Amboy; east along old Highway 66 to its intersection with Interstate 40; east along Interstate 40 to its intersection with Highway 95; and north along Highway 95 to the California-Nevada boundary. All of the Coachella Canal and Lake Cahuilla are included in this District.

Article 2. District General Regulations

7.00. District General Regulations.

Unless otherwise provided, waters shown as open to trout fishing in subsections (a) through (g) below, are open to fishing for other species. Gear restrictions listed in this section apply to the take of all species of fish unless otherwise noted. Every body of water listed in subsections (a) through (g) of Section 7.00 (below) is closed to all fishing, except during the open season as shown. Unless otherwise provided, waters closed to trout fishing are closed to fishing for all other species, except that these closures do not apply to fishing for amphibians (see Section 5.05), freshwater clams (see Section 5.20), crayfish (see Section 5.35), and lamprey (see Section 5.40), using legal fishing methods other than hook-and-line fishing, and saltwater clams, crabs, ghost shrimp, and blue mud shrimp (see Ocean Regulations Booklet Sections 29.20 to 29.87). Crabs may only be taken using hoop nets or by hand, and Dungeness crab may only be taken within the North Coast District and Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Daily bag and possession limits, unless otherwise provided, mean the total number of trout. Unless otherwise provided, no more than one daily bag limit may be possessed. Coho (silver) salmon may not be taken in any of the waters of the State, except in Lake Oroville and Oroville-Thermalito Complex (Diversion Pool, Forebay, and Afterbay) and the Feather River from the Diversion Pool Dam to the Fish Barrier Dam. Incidentally hooked Coho (silver) salmon, except those in Lake Oroville and Oroville-Thermalito Complex (Diversion Pool, Forebay, and Afterbay) and the Feather River from the Diversion Pool Dam to the Fish Barrier Dam, must be immediately released unharmed to the waters where they are hooked. In waters where the bag limit for trout is zero, fish for which the bag limit is zero must be released unharmed, and should not be removed from the water. These waters may also be subject to restrictions on fishing methods and gear (sections 2.00 through 2.45), fishing hours (section 3.00), and the use of bait (sections 4.00 through 4.30).

Attention all Inland Salmon Anglers

FGC Section 8226. Relinquishment of Salmon Head for the Recovery of Coded-Wire-Tag

Upon request by an authorized agent or employee of the department a person in possession of a salmon with a missing adipose fin shall immediately relinquish the head of the salmon to the department.

As a reminder it is illegal to intentionally conceal, cull or possess a salmonid in a condition such that species, size and the presence of an adipose fin cannot be determined. (CCR T-14, Section 1.45)

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Steelhead Fishing Report Card

Anglers must have a nontransferable Steelhead Fishing Report and Restoration Card issued by the department in their possession while fishing for steelhead trout in anadromous waters. For purposes of this regulation, a steelhead trout is defined as any rainbow trout greater than 16 inches in length found in anadromous waters. Anglers must record, with a ball point pen, the month, day, location fished, number of steelhead caught and kept, and number of steelhead caught and released. Month, day and location must be recorded EVEN IF NO STEELHEAD WERE CAUGHT.

A report-restoration card shall be valid for the calendar year. When the card is completely filled-in, a person may purchase another card. Anglers are required by law to return Steelhead Fishing Report and Restoration cards to the Department of Fish and Wildlife by January 31 of the year following the card expiration. Example: 2017 cards are to be returned by January 31, 2018.

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District General Regulations

Area or Body of Water

Open Season and Special Regulations

Daily Bag and Possession Limit

(a) North Coast District

(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout per day.

10 trout in possession.

(2) Anadromous waters of the Klamath and Trinity River Systems, and those entering the ocean south of Humboldt Bay, which are not listed in the Special Regulations.

Closed to all fishing all year.

(3) All anadromous waters tributary to Humboldt Bay, and north of Humboldt Bay, except those of the Klamath and Trinity River systems and those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31.

Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead*

4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession.

Closed to the take of salmon.

(4) All streams except anadromous waters and those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

5 trout per day.

10 trout in possession.

(NOTE: A list of the non-anadromous waters opened to trout fishing (STREAMS AND PORTIONS OF STREAMS NOT LISTED IN THE SPECIAL REGULATIONS THAT ARE OPEN TO TROUT FISHING FROM THE LAST SATURDAY IN APR. THROUGH NOV. 15 (NEW 6-12-98), which is incorporated by reference herein) is available from the Department’s Region 1 Office, 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001 Telephone: (530) 225-2300).

(5) SPECIAL BROOK TROUT BONUS BAG AND POSSESSION LIMIT: UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 8 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE NORTH COAST DISTRICT.

(b) Sierra District

(1) Anadromous waters of Tehama and Shasta counties not listed in the Special Regulations. (Section 7.50). (See subsections (b)(156) and (b)(156.5) of Section 7.50, regarding the Sacramento River.)

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

Only artificial lures and barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead*

4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession.

Closed to the take of salmon.

(2) All lakes and reservoirs except those in the Fall River Valley, those in Inyo and Mono counties and those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.

(3) All streams, lakes and reservoirs in Inyo and Mono counties, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

5 trout per day.

10 trout in possession.

(4) All streams, lakes and reservoirs in the Fall River Valley above the Pit No. 1 PG&E Diversion Dam on Fall River in Shasta County, except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

2 trout

(5) All streams in Lassen and Modoc counties east of Highway 395 and north of Clarks Valley Road. Clarks Valley Road is defined as those portions of county routes 510, 512 and 506 running easterly from the town of Madeline to the Nevada border.

Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Nov. 15.

5 trout per day.

10 trout in possession.

(6) All other streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15

5 trout per day.

10 trout in possession.

(7) Mono County waters, when closed to trout fishing, are closed to all fishing, except for the unrestricted portions of Fish Slough which are open to fishing all year. Also, see Mono County waters listed in sections 5.00 and 7.50.

(8) SPECIAL BROOK TROUT BONUS BAG AND POSSESSION LIMIT

(A) IN SIERRA DISTRICT WATERS OF SISKIYOU, SHASTA AND TEHAMA COUNTIES, UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 8 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE SIERRA DISTRICT.

(B) IN THE SIERRA DISTRICT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80, UP TO 10 BROOK TROUT PER DAY LESS THAN 10 INCHES TOTAL LENGTH MAY BE TAKEN AND POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE SIERRA DISTRICT. THIS ALLOWANCE DOES NOT INCLUDE RED LAKE IN ALPINE COUNTY OR KIRMAN, LANE OR ROOSEVELT LAKES IN MONO COUNTY.

(c) North Central District

(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout

(2) All streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Closed to all fishing all year.

(3) The tidewaters of all streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Note: Some waters within this district are tide waters regulated by regulations for the ocean and San Francisco Bay District (see sections 1.53 and 27.00)

Closed to all fishing all year.

(d) Valley District

(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout

(2) All anadromous waters except those listed by name in the Special Regulations (See definition of anadromous waters, Section 1.04).

All year.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead*

4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession.

Closed to the take of salmon.

(3) All streams except anadromous waters and those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout

(e) South Central District

(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout

(2) That portion of any stream west of any Highway 1 bridge except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Dec. 1 through Mar. 7, but only on Sat., Sun., Wed., legal holidays and opening and closing days. Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead*

4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead* in possession.

Closed to the take of salmon.

(3) All streams in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15.

5 trout

(4) All other streams and portions of streams except those listed in subsection (e)(2) above or by name in the Special Regulations.

Closed to all fishing all year.

(f) Southern District

(1) All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout

(2) All streams except anadromous waters in San Diego County, and except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.

2 trout

(3) All streams except anadromous waters in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

All year.

5 trout

(4) All anadromous waters except those listed by name in the Special Regulations (See definition of anadromous waters, Section 1.04)

Closed to all fishing all year

(5) All streams and tributaries (except those listed by name in the Special Regulations) above Twitchell Dam on the Cuyama River, above Bradbury Dam and below Gibraltar Dam on the Santa Ynez River; above Matilja Dam on Matilija Creek and above Wheeler Gorge Campground on NF Matilija Creek; and above Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek.

All year.

5 trout

(g) Colorado River District

(1) The Colorado River and its back waters.

All year.

10 trout

(2) All other waters.

All year.

5 trout