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Marine Finfish Regulations Index

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Listed in alphabetical order by species; references regulations pertaining to all species mentioned in the 2018-2019 California Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulations booklet and CCR T-14.

(Regulations seen in RED TEXT are new this year.)

2018 Table of Applicable Sportfishing Regulations for Marine Finfish by Species (Cont.)

Species

Individual Daily Bag and Possession Limit

Size Limit

Seasonal Closures, Area Closures and Depth Restrictions

Fillet Length, Skin Requirement At Sea

Gear Restrictions or Methods of Take

Anchovy, northern

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.80, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Barracuda, California

Sec. 27.60(a)

Sec. 28.25

Sec. 27.65(b)(2)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Bass, giant sea (a.k.a. black sea bass)

Sec. 28.10 (a and b)

May not be taken off California; Sec. 28.10(a), 28.90 and 28.95

Basses – kelp, barred sand and spotted sand

Sec. 28.30(b)

Sec. 28.30(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(1)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Bass, striped

Sec. 27.85(b)

Sec. 27.85(c)(1) and (2)

Sec. 27.85(a)

Sec. 27.65(c)

Sec. 27.85(d), 28.28(d), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Bonito, Pacific

Sec. 28.32(a)

Sec. 28.32(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(5)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Butterfish, Pacific (a.k.a. Pacific pompano)

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Cabezon1

Sec. 28.28(b)

Sec. 28.28(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(c)

Sec. 28.65(c), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Coastal Pelagic Species as defined in Sec. 1.39

See regulations for individual species

Cod, Pacific1

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Codling1

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95.

Dolphinfish (a.k.a. dorado)

Sec. 27.60(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Fish, Other1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)(11)

See regulations for individual species

Flatfish, Federally Managed1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)(9)

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.49(b)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Flatfish, Other1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)(10)

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.48(b)

Sec. 28.48(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Flounder, Starry

Sec. 28.47(b)

Sec. 28.47(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91,28.95

Garibaldi

Take or possession is Prohibited; Sec. 28.05, 28.90, 28.95

Greenlings – kelp and rock1 (a.k.a. sea trout)

Sec. 28.29(b)

Sec. 28.29(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(c)

Sec. 28.29(d), 28.65(c), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Groundfish, Federal1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)

See regulations for individual species

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51, 28.47(a) and 28.48(a)

See regulations for individual species

Groupers – gulf and broomtail

Take or possession is Prohibited; Sec. 28.12, 28.90, 28.95

Grunion, California

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 28.00

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 29.00

Halibut, California

Sec. 28.15(a)

Sec. 28.15(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(6) south of Pt. Arena, Sec. 27.65(c) north of Pt. Arena

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Halibut, Pacific

Sec. 28.20(b)

Sec. 28.20(c)

Sec. 28.20(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.20(d), 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Herring, Pacific

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.80, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Herring, round

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.80, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Highly Migratory Species as defined in Sec. 1.49

See regulations for individual species

Jacksmelt

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Lingcod1

Sec. 28.27(b)

Sec. 28.27(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(3)

Sec. 28.27(d), 28.65(c), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Mackerel, jack (a.k.a. Spanish mackerel)

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Mackerel, Pacific (a.k.a chub mackerel)

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Marlin – black, blue, and striped

Sec. 28.50

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Mudsucker, longjaw

Sec. 27.60(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.75, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Prickleback, monkeyface (a.k.a monkeyface eel)

Sec. 27.60(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Queenfish
(a.k.a. herring)

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Ratfish1

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Rattail1
a.k.a. grenadier

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

RCG Complex1
(Rockfish, Cabezon, and Greenlings) as described in Sec. 1.91(b)

Sec. 28.28(b), 28.29(b), 28.55(b)

Sec. 28.28(c), 28.29(c), 28.55(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(8) and (c).

Sec. 28.28(d), 28.29(d), 28.55(d), 28.65(c), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Rockfish, black1

Sec.

Sec. 28.55(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(8)

Sec. 28.55(d), 28.65(c), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Rockfish, canary1

Sec. 28.55(b)(2)

Sec. 28.55(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(8)

Sec. 28.55(d), 28.65(c), 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Rockfishes – bronzespotted, cowcod, yelloweye1

Take or possession is Prohibited; Sec. 28.55(b)(1)

Roundfish1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)(7)

See regulations for individual species

Sablefish1
(a.k.a. black cod)

28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Salmon – Chinook (a.k.a. King), pink, sockeye, silver, and chum

See Ocean Salmon Informational Note on Finfish Fishing Regulations or visit the ocean salmon web page at wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon Section 27.80 will be included in full in the Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement available in May. Take or possession of coho (silver) salmon is Prohibited.

Sanddabs – all except Pacific1 (for Pacific sanddab see “Flatfish, Other”)

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sardine, Pacific

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Scorpionfish, California1 (a.k.a. sculpin)

Sec. 28.54(b)

Sec. 28.54(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(9)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sculpin, Pacific staghorn (a.k.a. bullhead)

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.75, 28.80, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Seabass, white

Sec. 28.35(c)

Sec. 28.35(a)

Sec. 28.35(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(4)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sharks1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)(5)

See regulations for individual species

Shark, leopard1

Sec. 28.56(b)

Sec. 28.56(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(c)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sharks – sixgill and sevengill

Sec. 28.41

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sharks – blue, shortfin mako and thresher

Sec. 28.42

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sharks – spiny dogfish and soupfin1

28.49(b)(2) and (3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Shark, white

Take or possession is Prohibited; Sec. 28.06, 28.95

Sheephead, California1

Sec. 28.26(b)

Sec. 28.26(c)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(c)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Skate – big, California, and longnose1 as defined in Sec. 1.91(a)(6)

28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Smelt, surf

Sec. 28.45

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.80, 28.85, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Steelhead

Take or possession is Prohibited; Sec. 27.70(b)

Sole, Petrale1

Sec. 28.47(b)

Sec. 28.47(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sturgeon, white

Sec. 27.90(b)

Sec. 27.90(c)

Sec. 27.90(a), 27.95

Sec. 27.65(c)

Sec. 27.90(d) and (e), 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Sturgeon, green

Take or possession is Prohibited; Sec. 27.91(a)

Surfperches, general

Sec. 28.59(c)(1)

Sec. 28.59(d)

Sec. 28.59(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(11), Sec 27.65(c)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Surfperch, shiner

Sec. 28.59(c)(2)

Sec. 28.59(d)

Sec. 28.59(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.75, 28.80, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Swordfish, broadbill

Sec. 28.40

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Thornyheads – longspine and shortspine1
Sec. 1.91(a)(8)

Sec. 28.49(b)(3)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Topsmelt

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Trout (other than steelhead)

Sec. 27.70(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 27.70(a), 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Tuna, albacore

Sec. 28.38(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(11) south of Pt. Conception
Sec. 27.65(b)(12) north of Pt. Conception

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Tuna, bluefin

Sec. 28.38(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(11) south of Pt. Conception
Sec. 27.65(b)(12) north of Pt. Conception

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Tuna, skipjack

Sec. 27.60(b), 28.38(c)

Sec. 27.65(b)(11) south of Pt. Conception
Sec. 27.65(b)(12) north of Pt. Conception

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Tunas – bigeye and yellowfin

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.38(d)

Sec. 27.65(b)(11) south of Pt. Conception

Sec. 27.65(b)(12) north of Pt. Conception

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Whitefish, ocean1

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.58(b)

Sec. 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(10)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Whiting, Pacific1 (a.k.a. Pacific hake)

Sec. 27.60(a), 28.49(b)(3)

Sec 27.20 through 27.51

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

Yellowtail

Sec. 28.37(a)

Sec. 28.37(b)

Sec. 27.65(b)(7)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

All flatfish not listed above (for example, diamond turbot, etc.)

Sec. 27.60(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95

All marine finfish not listed above (including but not limited to: white croaker, opaleye, sargo, Calif. lizardfish, etc.)

Sec. 27.60(a)

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 28.65, 28.90, 28.91, 28.95