It Is Unlawful to…

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

  • Fish without a valid fishing license if you are 16 years of age or older (FGC, Section 7145)
  • Fail to return a report card by the deadline printed on the report card. Reporting harvest online at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales satisfies the return requirement. (CCR T-14, Section 1.74)
  • Use a sport fishing license that is not signed by the licensee. (CCR T-14, Section 705)
  • Transfer any license, tag, validation, stamp, permit, application or reservation to another person. (FGC, Section 1052)
  • Use or possess any license, validation, tag, stamp, permit, application or reservation that was not lawfully issued to the user. (FGC, Section 1052)
  • Alter, mutilate, deface, duplicate or counterfeit any license, tag, validation, stamp, permit, application or reservation. (FGC, Section 1052)
  • Fail to exhibit on demand all licenses, validations, tags, stamps, permits, applications or reservations to any peace officer or authorized CDFW employee. (FGC, Section 2012)
  • Fish without the required report card on a free fishing day. (CCR T-14, Section 1.74)
  • Disturb the legal traps of another person. (CCR T-14, Section 29.80)
  • Sell fish taken under the authority of a sport fishing license. (FGC, Section 7121)
  • Cause the deterioration or waste of any fish taken in the waters of this state. (CCR T-14, Section 1.87)
  • Use explosives in state waters inhabited by fish. (FGC, Section 5500)
  • Not allow the inspection, by a warden, of any boat, market, or receptacle, where fish or wildlife may be found. (FGC, Section 1006)
  • Litter into or within 150 feet of state waters. (FGC, Section 5652)
  • Possess fish in a condition that the size or species cannot be determined. (FGC, sections 5508 and 5509)
  • Use or possess any net in state waters except as is authorized. (FGC, Section 8603)
  • Possess fish or wildlife taken unlawfully. (FGC, Section 2002)
  • Take fish or wildlife in violation of any section of law. (FGC, Section 2000)

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC) is an agreement between 26 states, which allows for the reciprocal recognition of hunting, fishing and trapping license suspensions. If your license privileges have been suspended by another state, the suspension may be recognized here in California. For example, if your sport fishing, hunting or trapping privileges have been suspended in Colorado for five years, your privileges may also be suspended for five years in California or any of the states participating in the IWVC.

The purchase of licenses or tags during the term of the suspension is a violation of the law and may result in prosecution. Licenses or tags purchased prior to or during a suspension are not refundable.

For further information contact the CDFW Law Enforcement Division at 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or (916) 653-4094.