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Central Valley Regulations

Fishing Regulations Icon California Fishing

Regulations seen in RED TEXT denote changes in the freshwater fishing regulations that have occurred since the publication of the 2017–2018 Freshwater Sport Fishing regulations booklet.

Central Valley

Area or Body of Water

Open Season and Special Regulations

Daily Bag and Possession Limit

(5) American River (Sacramento Co.)

(A) From Nimbus Dam to the Hazel Avenue bridge piers.

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

(B) From Hazel Avenue bridge piers to the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing about 300 yards downstream from the Nimbus Hatchery fish rack site.

Jan. 1 through July 15.
Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Aug. 15.
Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

(C) From the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station cable crossing about 300 yards down-stream from the Nimbus Hatchery fish rack site to the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park.

Jan. 1 through July 15.
Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Oct. 31.
Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

(D) From the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park downstream to the Jibboom Street bridge.

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

(E) From the Jibboom Street bridge to the mouth.

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Dec. 16.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

Dec. 17 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(68) Feather River below Oroville Dam (Butte, Sutter and Yuba cos.).

(A) From Fish Barrier Dam to Table Mountain bicycle bridge in Oroville. Closed to all fishing all year.

Closed to all fishing all year.

(B) From Table Mountain bicycle bridge to Highway 70 bridge.

Jan. 1 through July 15. Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(C) From Highway 70 bridge to the unimproved boat ramp above the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall.

All year.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(D) From the unimproved boat ramp above the Thermalito Afterbay Outfall to 200 yards above the Live Oak boat ramp.

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Oct. 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

Oct. 16 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(E) From 200 yards above Live Oak boat ramp to the mouth. For purposes of this regulation, the lower boundary is defined as a straight line drawn from the peninsula point on the west bank to the Verona Marine boat ramp.

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Dec. 16.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

Dec. 17 to Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(156.5) Sacramento River and tributaries below Keswick Dam (Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo Cos.). Also see Sierra District General Regulations (See Section 7.00(b)).

(A) Sacramento River from Keswick Dam to 650 feet below Keswick Dam.

Closed to all fishing all year.

(B) Sacramento River:

1. From 650 feet below Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge.

Closed to all fishing from Apr. 1 through July 31.

Aug. 1 through March 31. Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

2. From the Highway 44 bridge to the Deschutes Road bridge.

All year. Only barbless hooks may be used.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(C) Sacramento River from the Deschutes Road bridge to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.

Jan. 1 through July 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

Aug. 1 through Dec. 16.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

Dec. 17 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(D) Sacramento River from the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to the Hwy 113 bridge near Knights Landing. Note: It is unlawful to take fish 0-250 feet downstream from the overflow side of the Moulton, Colusa and Tisdale Weirs

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Dec. 16.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

Dec. 17 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

(E) Sacramento River from the Hwy 113 bridge near Knights Landing to the Carquinez Bridge (includes Suisun Bay, Grizzly Bay and all tributary sloughs west of Highway 160). Note: It is unlawful to take fish 0-250 feet downstream from the overflow side of the Fremont and Sacramento Weirs.

Jan. 1 through July 15.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

July 16 through Dec. 16.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession
2 Chinook Salmon
4 Chinook Salmon in possession

Dec. 17 through Dec. 31.

2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
4 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead** in possession

Free Fishing Days!

July 1, 2017 and Sept. 2, 2017

On these days only, all regulations apply and report cards are required, but no license is required for sport fishing.