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San Francisco Management Area

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Ocean waters between 38°57.5’ N. latitude (Point Arena) and 37°11’ N. latitude (Pigeon Point). Includes a portion of Mendocino County, all of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties, and most of San Mateo County

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

Species

Time Period 1, 2, 3, 4

Depth Limit 1, 2, 3, 4

Daily Bag Limit 1

Min. Size Limit 1, 5, 6

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: Apr 15–Dec 31
Closed: Jan 1–Apr 14 Divers, Shore-based Anglers2,4:
Open year-round
Take is prohibited seaward of the 40 fathom depth contour (240 feet), defined in Federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C)

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
California Scorpionfish
(Section 28.54)
Boat-based Anglers2:
Open: April 15-Aug 31
Closed: Jan 1-Apr 14, and Sep 1- Dec 31 Divers, Shore-based Anglers2:
Open year-round
Same as RCG Complex, above 5 fish per person 10” total length
Leopard Shark7
(Section 28.56)
All Anglers
Open year-round within San Francisco Bay, Bodega Harbor, Tomales Bay, Bolinas Bay and Drake’s BaySame as RCG Complex outside of those bays Divers, Shore-based Anglers2:
Open year-round
All Anglers
No depth limit within San Francisco Bay, Bodega Harbor, Tomales Bay, Bolinas Bay and Drake’s BaySame as RCG Complex outside of those bays Divers, Shore-based Anglers2:
Same as RCG Complex, above
3 fish per person 36” total length
Pacific Sanddabs and “Other Flatfish”3
(Section 28.48)
Open year-round No depth limit4 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)