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Marine Regulations Index

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

2017 Table of Applicable Sportfishing Regulations for Marine Finfish by Species

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, Calif.

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, Calif.

Sec. 27.60(b)

Sec. 28.00

Sec. 27.65(b)(12)

Sec. 29.00

Halibut, Calif.

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 pg. 28 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, Calif.1 (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

Listed in alphabetical order by species; references regulations pertaining to all species mentioned in the 2017-2018 California Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulations booklet and CCR T-14.

2017 Table of Applicable Sportfishing Regulations for Marine Invertebrates by Species (Cont.)

Species

Individual Daily Bag and Possession Limit

Size Limit

Seasonal Closures, Area Closures and Depth Restrictions

Gear Restrictions or Methods of Take

2017 Table of Applicable Sportfishing Regulations for Marine Invertebrates by Species

Species

Individual Daily Bag and Possession Limit

Size Limit

Seasonal Closures, Area Closures and Depth Restrictions

Gear Restrictions or Methods of Take

General Invertebrate Regulations

All marine invertebrates not listed below (including but not limited to: limpets, turban snails, native oysters, octopuses, non-Cancer crabs, shrimp, sand dollars, sea urchins, worms etc.)

Sec. 29.05

Sec. 29.05(a) and (c)

Sec. 29.05(a) and (b)

Sec. 29.05(c) and (d); 29.10(a), 29.80

Mollusks

Abalone, red

Sec. 29.15(c)

Sec. 29.15(d)

Sec. 29.15(a) and (b)

Sec. 29.15(e) through (h); 29.16, 29.05(c)

Abalone – all other species

Take or possession is PROHIBITED; Sec. 29.15(c)

Clams, general

Sec. 29.05(a)

Sec. 29.05(a), 29.10(b), 29.20(a) and (d)

Sec. 29.05(a) and (b), 29.20(b)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), 29.20(c)

Clams – gaper and Washington

Sec. 29.25

Sec. 29.20(b)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), 29.20(c)

Clams – geoduck (a.k.a. horse or horseneck clams)

Sec. 29.30

Sec. 29.20(b)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), 29.20(c)

Clams – littleneck, soft-shell, chiones, northern quahogs, cockles

Sec. 29.35(a)

Sec. 29.05(c), 29.10(b), 29.20(d), 29.35(b)

Sec. 29.20(b)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), 29.20(c)

Clam, Pismo

Sec. 29.40(b)

Sec. 29.05(c), 29.10(b), 29.20(d), 29.40(c)

Sec. 29.20(b), 29.40(a) and (d)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), 29.20(c)

Clam, razor

Sec. 29.45(b)

Sec. 29.20(b), 29.45(a)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), 29.20(c)

Mussels

Sec. 29.55

Annual quarantine issued by CDPH. Biotoxin Information Line: 1-800-553-4133

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a)

Scallop, rock

Sec. 29.60(a)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.60(b)

Scallop, speckled (bay)

Take or possession is PROHIBITED; Sec. 29.65

Squid – market and jumbo

Sec. 29.70

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a), and 29.70

Snail, moon

Sec. 29.71(a)

Sec. 29.71(b)

Sec. 29.05(d), 29.10(a)

Crustaceans

Barnacles

Take or possession in the intertidal zone is PROHIBITED. See note at end of table and Sec. 29.05(b)(1)

Crab, Dungeness
Metacarcinus magister

Sec. 29.85(a)(3)

29.85(a)(7) and (c)

Sec. 29.85(a)(1) and (2)(A) and (B)

Sec. 29.05(c) and (d);
29.85(a)(4), (5) and (6), 29.80(a) through (e) and (g)

Crabs – Cancer genus
(rock crab, etc.)

Sec. 29.85(b)(2)

Sec. 29.85(b)(3), and(c)

Sec. 29.85(b)(1)

Sec. 29.05(c) and (d); Sec. 29.80(a) through (e) and (g)

Crab, sand
(a.k.a. mole crab)

Sec. 29.85(d)

Sec. 29.05(a)

Sec. 29.80(h)

Lobster, spiny

Sec. 29.90(b)

29.90(c) and (e)

Sec. 29.90(a)

Sec. 29.05(c) and (d); Sec. 29.80(a), (b) and (g), 29.90(d)

Shrimp, bay
(a.k.a. grass shrimp)

Sec. 29.86

Sec. 29.05(a) and (b)

Sec. 29.80(a), (f) through (j)

Shrimp – ghost and blue mud

Sec. 29.87

Sec. 29.05(a) and (b)

Sec. 29.80(a), (f) through (j)

Shrimp, coonstripe

Sec. 29.88(b)

Sec. 29.05(a)

Sec. 29.80(a), (f) through (j)

Listed in alphabetical order by species; references regulations pertaining to all species mentioned in the 2017-2018 California Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulations booklet and CCR T-14.

Help fish LIke This survive!

Fish floating at the surface like this can survive…with your help.

When fish that possess swim bladders are brought up from depth, decreasing pressure may injure them (known as pressure shock, or ‘barotrauma’). When released, these fish often float helplessly at the surface. Injured fish that cannot descend on their own are especially easy targets for sea gulls and sea lions. Helping fish to descend significantly increases their chances of survival.

You can transport injured fish down to the sea floor using one of the following:

  • A weighted, inverted barbless hook
  • A fish-descending device available at your local tackle shop
  • An inverted, weighted plastic crate with a rope attached to the bottom

For more information visit the CDFW website at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish/barotrauma or pick up an informational brochure at your local CDFW office.