Harvest Reporting

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Now, it is easier than ever to report your harvest

  • Report your harvest online using the Online License Service at wildlife.ca.gov/reportcards; or
  • Return your report card via mail to the address printed on the report card.

Important Information ­— Read before you report online

  • Accurate and complete data is required. If you report online, all entries on the report card must be entered in the electronic form, including sport fishing reports of activity where no catches were made.
  • Submission of report card data online must be completed within 20 minutes to avoid a system time out.
  • Sport fishing report cards may be reported online only after the last day of the report card’s validity.
  • If you report online, you do not need to mail in your report card. You will be issued a report confirmation number. After reporting, please retain your report card for 90 days for survey purposes and write your report confirmation number on it. Once a report card has been reported, it may no longer be used in the field.

Online Harvest Reporting is available on these dates




Abalone Report Card

Dec 1 – Jan 31

Feb 1 – Apr 1

Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card

Mar 17 – Apr 30

May 1 – Jul 1

North Coast Salmon Report Card

Jan 1 – Jan 31

Feb 1 – Apr 1

Steelhead Report Card

Jan 1 – Jan 31

Feb 1 – Apr 1

Sturgeon Fishing Report Card

Jan 1 – Jan 31

Feb 1 – Apr 1

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.