California Fishing Information

California Fishing Information
California is a big state, with a long coastline and plenty of rivers and creeks. Fishermen there can go after rockfish, bass, trout and even salmon. Getting a fishing license is easy, and on some short "fish for free" holidays, it might not even be necessary.


Sport fishing in California requires a license, which can be purchased online. The annual license in 2009 was $110.80 for non-residents and $42.20 for residents.


Fishing in certain areas requires an additional stamp, which was between $3 and $6.30 in 2009. These include the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Colorado River and San Francisco Bay.

Two Rods

Fishing with two rods in inland areas also requires a special stamp, which was $12.85 in 2009.


California has a very limited salmon fishing season. In 2009, ocean fishing was from August 29th to September 7th, and freshwater fishing was from November 16th to December 31st.

Black Bass

Black bass are arguably the major catch for California sport fishing. Of the 25 biggest fish caught by sport fishermen on record, 21 were caught in California.

Free Fishing

California has what is calls "free fishing days," during which fishing is permitted in designated areas in or near major cities. In 2009, these days were July 4th and September 9th.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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