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    It’s Fishmas Time!

 

Opening day of the California trout fishing season is known by some as Fishmas — the most exciting day of the year for trout anglers. This is the day lakes and rivers, closed to fishing for the past several months, come alive with eager trout and ambitious anglers. Make sure you have your fishing license in hand before hitting the water.

 

 

2017 Trout Opener

The general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Given California’s significant snowpack and associated run off, many rivers will be experiencing swift and cold water conditions which can be dangerous. CDFW reminds anglers to be cautious when fishing streams or rivers for the opener. Given the potential high water conditions, focusing on lakes and reservoirs may be the best bet for anglers. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions.

 

CHECK THE REGS BEFORE FISHING   >

Where are the Fish?

CDFW raises and plants millions of trout each year for the enjoyment of anglers. To view trout planting schedules, visit the fish planting website. The fish planting schedule is updated in real time, directly by CDFW hatchery staff.

 

 

 

FISH PLANTING SCHEDULE  >

 

 

Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenling!

The recreational rockfish, cabezon and greenling season opened for boat-based anglers on March 1 in the Southern Management Area. The season opened on April 1 in the Central Management Area and opens April 15 in the San Francisco Management Area. Anglers should check the regulations for their area before fishing, as there are important changes effective in 2017 — including the ability to retain a canary rockfish in the bag limit!

 

MORE INFORMATION   >

New Abalone Regulations

Regulations for California’s popular red abalone sport fishery have changed in 2017. Due to concerns about the declining population, the season will be shortened and the take limit reduced. The 2017 season will be shortened by two months, with the traditional opening date of April 1 now delayed until May 1. The fishery will also close a month earlier than usual, on Oct. 31. The annual limit is changing from 18 abalone to 12.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION   >

New Bullards Bar Gets Certified Scale

 

In light of the numerous record spotted bass being caught at New Bullards Bar Reservoir in Yuba County, CDFW has placed a certified scale at the Emerald Cove Marina as a courtesy to anglers pursuing state or world record fish. Scale use instructions are included but anglers are responsible for educating themselves on the complete record application processes and rules.

 

 

 

STATE FISHING & DIVING RECORDS   >

 

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