California Department of Fish and Wildlife

2015-2016 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations

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Cover of the 2015-2016 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet    Cover of the 2015-2016 Freshwater and Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement

Regulations effective through February 29, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

2015-2016 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Regulations effective March 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 unless otherwise noted
This is the 2015-2016 Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet that was distributed in March, 2015. The bookmarked PDF file features red bookmark headings that denote sections that have changed or are new for 2015. Be sure to also consult the Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement (below) for updated groundfish, ocean salmon, and Pacific halibut regulations.
Large file size  - 6.9 MB

2015-2016 California Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement (PDF)
This is the 2015-2016 Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement that was distributed in June, 2015. The bookmarked PDF file includes updated sport fishing regulations for groundfish (rockfish, lingcod, greenlings, etc.) Pacific halibut, and ocean salmon. Updates are also included for freshwater fishing.
Large file size  - 10.2 MB

2015-2016 In-Season Ocean Fishing Regulation Changes
This page provides links to CDFW news releases detailing the reasons behind in-season regulatory changes as well as a summary of changes.

California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map
Up-to-date sport fishing regulations online - just click on the map to see regulations for your area.

Summary of 2015 Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations


Illustrations and Additional Information

California Fishing Passport

California Fishing Passport
A new fishing incentive and recognition program to highlight and promote fishing throughout the state. Pick up your free copy of the California Fishing Passport book listing 150 different popular fresh and saltwater finfish and shellfish that occur throughout the state. Try to catch one of every species listed, and you will receive stamps in your passport book documenting each achievement.


Black Rockfish and Blue Rockfish Identification Flyer (PDF)
A one-page printable flyer that shows how to distinguish between black rockfish and blue rockfish

Fort Ross Red Abalone Closure Map
New regulations (Section 29.15(b)(1)) effective January 1, 2014

Demonstration Video: California Abalone Reporting and Tagging Requirements
This video shows abalone sport divers and rock pickers how to comply with abalone regulations enacted April 2008.

Fish Identification Illustrations (PDF)
Identification guide featuring common nearshore fishes.
Large file size  - 1.4 MB

Canary, Vermilion, Yelloweye Rockfish ID Flyer
This flyer lists identifying features that can be used to differentiate between canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and vermilion rockfish.

Marine Protected Areas

Measurement Methods for Finfish and Invertebrates (PDF)

Cowcod Conservation Areas

Tips for Viewing the Online Booklet


The Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations has bookmarks embedded in it to help the user navigate between sections of the booklet. Set your PDF Reader plug-in to display "Bookmarks and Pages". With this setting you can click on the bookmarks and go to the related page of the booklet.

With the PDF Reader plug-in set to Bookmarks and Pages, your display should look like the inset to the right.

Click on one of the bookmark topics in the left column to take you to that part of the booklet.