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Northern Management Area

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Ocean waters between 42°00’ N. latitude (CA-OR Border) and 40°10’ N. latitude (near Cape Mendocino). Includes all of Del Norte County and most of Humboldt County

Note: Before engaging in ocean sportfishing for groundfish and associated species, please review one of the resources listed in Footnote 1 to receive the most up-to-date regulations.

Species

Time Period 1, 2, 3

Depth Limit 1, 2, 3

Daily Bag Limit 1

Min. Size Limit 1, 4, 5

RCG Complex1
(includes all species of Rockfishes, Cabezon and Greenlings, Sections 1.91 and 28.55, 28.28, and 28.29)
Boat-based Anglers2:
Open: May 1–Oct 31, and Nov 1–Dec 31
Closed: Jan 1–Apr 30 Divers, Shore-based Anglers2:
Open year-round
May 1- Oct 31: Take is prohibited seaward of the 30 fathom depth contour (180 feet), defined in Federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C)

Nov 1-Dec 31: May be taken at any depth

See exception at end of table

10 fish in combination per person EXCEPT:
Cabezon: 3 fish per person
Canary rockfish: 1 fish per person
Black rockfish: 3 fish per person
See individual species and groups below

Cabezon: 15” total length

Kelp and/or rock greenlings: 12” total length

Lingcod
(Section 28.27)
Same as RCG Complex, above 2 fish per person 22” total length
Leopard Shark6
(Section 28.56)
All Anglers:
Same as RCG Complex outside of Humboldt BayOpen year-round within Humboldt Bay Divers, Shore-based Anglers2:
Open year-round
All Anglers:
Same as RCG Complex outside of Humboldt BayNo depth limit within Humboldt Bay Divers, Shore-based Anglers2:
Same as RCG Complex
3 fish per person 36” total length
Pacific Sanddabs and “Other Flatfish”3 (Section 28.48) Open year-round No depth limit Pacific sanddab: No limit

All “Other Flatfish”3: 10 fish of each species, limit 20 fish total in combination per Section 27.60

No size limit
Petrale Sole and Starry Flounder
(Section 28.47)
Open year-round No depth limit No limit No size limit
Other Federal Groundfish
(Section 28.49)
Same as RCG Complex, above Soupfin shark: 1 fish per person

All Other Federal Groundfish: 10 fish of each species, limit 20 fish total in combination per Section 27.60

No size limit
These rockfishes may not be taken in California: Cowcod, Bronzespotted Rockfish, and Yelloweye Rockfish (Section 28.55)

Fishing is closed year-round, at all depths. No retention at any time (zero fish per person)