California Department of Fish and Wildlife

2014 California Fishing Passport Events


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Photos from the IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
held at the Berkeley Pier on June 23, 2012
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January 9-12
International Sportsmen's Exposition
Cal Expo, Sacramento
The largest outdoor sportsmen's exposition in the north state, this is a very popular show and includes a free Youth Fair for kids 12 and under, including a large pond full of rainbow trout stocked by the CDFW. Everyone who fished received Fishing Passports, the California Fin Fish and Shellfish Identification book. All anglers who successfully caught a fish also received a stamp in their passport books.
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March 5-9
Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle, Boat and Travel Show
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
The Fred Hall Long Beach Show is one of the top outdoor recreation shows around and features the largest selection of the nation's leading equipment manufacturers and industry leaders. It also includes trout fishing with beautiful rainbow trout supplied by CDFW and casting lessons for the kids. This is the largest outdoor sport fishing show in Southern California. Everyone who fished received Fishing Passports, the California Fin Fish and Shellfish Identification book. All anglers who successfully caught a fish also received a stamp in their passport books.
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March 27-30
Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle, Boat and Travel Show
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
The Fred Hall Del Mar Show is a smaller version of the Long Beach show but also included trout fishing supplied by CDFW and casting lessons for the kids. Everyone who fished received Fishing Passports, the California Fin Fish and Shellfish Identification book. All anglers who successfully caught a fish also received a stamp in their passport books.
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April 13
Day at the Docks
Fishermen's Landing, San Diego
The 35th annual Port of San Diego's "Day at the Docks" was a great success. It is the West Coast's largest public celebration of sport fishing and signals the official start of Southern California's spring saltwater fishing season. A San Diego sport fishing tradition, Day at the Docks is held each year against the colorful and dynamic backdrop of the world-renowned sport fishing fleet on San Diego Bay, and again attracted tens of thousands of fishing enthusiasts and families to the sport fishing landings in Point Loma.
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April 26-27
Eastern Sierra Trout Season Opener
Bishop and Mammoth
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May 10
CDFW and Partners Create an International Goodwill Fishing Trip
Fisherman's Landing, San Diego
CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program partnered with Fish for Life, Sportfishing Association of California (SAC), Mexico Port Commissioners, Friends of Rollo and others for an international goodwill fishing trip to take 30 underprivileged children from Mexico, along with a parent, out for a day of fishing.
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June 7
Kid's Fishing Day
Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery
Three ponds were stocked with trout and there were volunteers to help with questions about fishing. Participants were required to be 15 or younger and able to hold a rod and reel. Free bait and limited loaner tackle were available, as well as food and concessions.
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June 21
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
"Fish for Life!" is a wonderful non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting them out on the water to enjoy a complimentary half-day deep sea fishing trip. CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program joined them aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing equipped with California Fishing Passports for everyone, and stamps for each fish caught. These "Fish for Life!" trips are some of the most unique and special events held all year. This organization is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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June 21
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a totally free event open to the public. The focus is to get kids interested and involved in the many outdoor activities available right in our own back yards. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program will quiz kids on different aspects of sport fish and fishing, give attendees California Fishing Passports and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books, and provide fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing information. With over 40 different organizations represented, there was something for everyone! The event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
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June 28
Trout Fest
Hot Creek Hatchery, Mammoth Lakes
New to the Mammoth Lakes area, "Trout Fest" is a free, fun-filled day loaded with lots of fishing activities and fascinating information about California native trout. California Fishing Passports will be provided to all attendees and fishing passport stamps given for each new species caught. Open to everyone! For more information, please call (559) 765-4824.
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July 5
Kid's Fishing Day
Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery
Three ponds will be stocked with trout and there will be volunteers to help with questions about fishing. Participants must be 15 or younger and able to hold a rod and reel. Free bait and limited loaner tackle will be available, as well as food and concessions.
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July 5
World's Largest Salmon BBQ
Fort Bragg
This annual event is held as a fundraiser for the Salmon Restoration Association, which helps to fund watershed restoration efforts. Attendees learn about salmon habitat restoration and other local conservation efforts, and indulge in some fish printing! Hundreds of attendees from all over northern California came out to contribute to a worthy cause, eat great BBQ, and listen to some fun music. CDFW's California Fishing Passports will be provided and stamped!
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July 26
Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Festival
Mammoth Lakes
The 27th Annual Kid's Fishing Festival will again be held in the high Sierras community of Mammoth Lakes at Snowcreek Resort on Saturday, July 26 from 8am to 2pm. As always, this California Fishing Passport event hosted by the Town of Mammoth Lakes will be completely free. The trout catching is limited to kids 14 years of age and under but there was a full menu of events for everyone. More than 1,000 kids attend each year and nearly every child will catch big fish! Loaner rods and reels are provided by CDFW's Fishing in the City program at no charge. Berkley provides the bait, along with tackle for raffle prizes. Local guides and other fishing experts are on scene providing a helpful hand for all who need it. Prizes for the largest fish and raffle prizes will beawarded. This is another great outing for families in the Eastern Sierras!
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August 2
Kid's Fishing Day
Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery
Three ponds were stocked with trout, and volunteers helped with questions about fishing. Participants were 15 or younger and able to hold a rod and reel. Free bait and limited loaner tackle were available, as well as food and concessions.
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August 6
"Boys Town" Ocean Fishing Event sponsored by Wild Game Feed
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program will partner with Friends of Rollo and Wild Game Feed to take foster kids from "Boys Town" out for a fishing trip aboard the F/V Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing, equipping each angler with a California Fishing Passport, and stamps for each fish caught.
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August 8
12th Annual Young Anglers Tournament at Shelter Island Pier
San Diego
This event is sponsored and produced by the San Diego Sportfishing Council and supported by the Int'l Game Fish Association of California (IGFA). This event is free for all children 6 to 15. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. All entrants will receive a free goodie bag, loaner rods (if needed), and bait. Food and drinks are provided, plus Catalina Offshore will there cooking fish tacos for the young anglers. Fishing ends at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by age group for the numbers of fish caught and released. A perpetual trophy will go to the angler with the overall highest score. Volunteers from IFGA, various San Diego fishing clubs and members of the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California will be assisting. In 2013, there were 165 young anglers competing.
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August 9
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series & Kid's Day on the Pier
Marin Rod and Gun Club
CDFW's California Fishing Passport program will again join the International Game Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California for their fifth Young Angler Tournament series event of the year at the Marin Rod and Gun Club Pier. Youth from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area attend this fun event. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program gives each participant a California Fishing Passport, an California Finfish and Shellfish Identification book, and stamps for each of the different species caught. Last year these included leopard sharks, sea perch and jacksmelt, among others. Trophies are awarded to the winning participants in each age group. In addition to a free hot dog lunch, donated prizes of rods and reels are distributed to each participant during this fun day of fishing on San Francisco Bay.
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August 9
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Shelter Island Pier, San Diego
The California Fishing Passport Program will again join forces with the International Game Fish Association and the San Diego Sportfishing Council to host the 12th annual day of pier fishing from the Shelter Island Pier in San Diego. The event will run from 8:00 am 1:00 pm. More than 200 kids (15 years and younger) and their families will likely come out for this festive annual event. Free lunches are served to all. Trophies are awarded to winners in every age group, along with fishing rods, reels and tackle donated by sponsors. California Fishing Passports and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books are provided to all participants, and passports are stamped for each type of fish caught. It's always a great event for young kids and families to all participate in together.
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August 16
Huntington Beach Huck Finn Fishing Derby
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
The 51st Huck Finn Fishing Derby will again be held at the Huntington Beach Pier. This is always a fun event and continues to be one of our favorites to support each year. Seeing all of the kids fishing while cleverly dressed up as Huck Finn or Becky Thatcher is a real highlight. Last year's event brought in more than 600 kids and their families. All types of saltwater fish have been caught over the years including; sharks, stingrays, perch, croakers, sea bass, lizard fish, topsmelt, and sardines! The event is open to children between the ages of 4 and 15 to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach Pier. CDFW provides loaner rods and bait, California Fishing Passports, passport stamps and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books. Prizes are given to both the largest and smallest fish caught, as well as the best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher participants. If you missed this special event last year, please try to attend this year. It's always a lot of fun for both children and adults alike.
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August 16
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
"Fish for Life!" is a wonderful non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting them out on the water to enjoy a complimentary half-day deep sea fishing trip. CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program will join them aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing equipped with California Fishing Passports for everyone, and stamps for each fish caught. These "Fish for Life!" trips are some of the most unique and special events held all year. This organization is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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August 23
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series: Avila Pier Kids Derby
Avila Beach Pier, Avila Beach
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CDFW's California Fishing Passport program will again join the International Game Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California for their Young Angler Tournament series event, to be held at Avila Pier. Youth from throughout the San Luis Obispo area attend this fun event. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program gives each participant a California Fishing Passport, an California Finfish and Shellfish Identification book, and stamps for each of the different species caught, which last year included sanddabs, croakers, and lizardfish. Trophies are awarded to the winning anglers in each age group. In addition to a free hot dog lunch and raffle prizes, goodie bags are distributed to each participant during this fun day of fishing on the central California coast.
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September 13
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series: Trinidad Pier Kids Derby, Humboldt County
Trinidad Pier, Trinidad
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This is a new event where CDFW's California Fishing Passport program will join the International Game Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California for their Young Angler Tournament series event, to be held at Trinidad Pier in Humboldt County. Youth from throughout the Humboldt and Del Norte Counties will likely attend this fun event. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program gives each participant a California Fishing Passport, an California Finfish and Shellfish Identification book, and stamps for each of the different species caught. Trophies are awarded to the winning anglers in each age group. In addition to a free hot dog lunch and raffle prizes, goodie bags were distributed to each participant during this fun day of fishing on the northern California coast.

September 27
16th Annual Orvill P. Ball Memorial "Fishin' in the Pines"
Lake Cuyamaca
This is a free kids derby open to kids up to age 15. Trout fishing starts at 6:00 a.m. and a free lunch will be prepared by the San Diego Anglers club. The event is sponsored by the Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District, 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036.
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September 20
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
"Fish for Life!" is a wonderful non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting them out on the water to enjoy a complimentary half-day deep sea fishing trip. CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program will join them aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing equipped with California Fishing Passports for everyone, and stamps for each fish caught. These "Fish for Life!" trips are some of the most unique and special events held all year. This organization is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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October 11
Santa Barbara Harbor Festival
Santa Barbara
This event coincides with lobster season and features local commercial fishermen offering the Santa Barbara Channel's freshest seafood. Fishermen and seafood vendors will provide thousands of festival-goers with live lobster, crab, prawns, BBQ albacore, clam chowder, fish tacos, seafood gumbo and other prepared dishes. CDFW will be on hand to answer questions, stamp and provide California Fishing Passports, and display the latest landing statistics for ocean resources near Santa Barbara. A large variety of vendors offer their wares, the Maritime Museum will show films and exhibits, and touch tanks with live fish and invertebrates will be available, in addition to tall ship tours, free boat rides, live local entertainment, and dockside tours.
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October 18
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
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"Fish for Life!" is a wonderful non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting them out on the water to enjoy a complimentary half-day deep sea fishing trip. CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program will join them aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing equipped with California Fishing Passports for everyone, and stamps for each fish caught. These "Fish for Life!" trips are some of the most unique and special events held all year. This organization is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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