2019 California Fishing Licenses Available Now

Now is the time to purchase your 2019 California sportfishing license. The 2019 license is valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Buy your license now so you can experience all of the year-round fishing opportunities the Golden State has to offer.

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San Diego Eighth-Grader Becomes First to Receive 'Master Ocean Angler' Award

Thirteen-year-old Ethan Mayes of San Diego has become the first person to earn the title of Master Ocean Angler from CDFW's California Fishing Passport program by catching at least 50 different species of saltwater game fish. Congratulations, Ethan! More Info

Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Opened Nov. 3

Is there anything more quintessentially Californian than Dungeness crab for the holidays? California's recreational crabbers once again have the opportunity to be the heroes of their holiday parties and family get-togethers by sharing their freshly caught Dungeness crab. Anglers are limited to 10 crabs a day and minimum size requirements apply.

PLEASE NOTE: At the recommendation of state health agencies, CDFW enacted a delay to the opening of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery from Patrick's Point, Humboldt County north to the California/Oregon state line due to unhealthy levels of domoic acid. More Info

Science Spotlight: CDFW's Annual Egg Take Results in Big Haul on the Little Truckee River

Each October, conditions permitting, CDFW staff and volunteers from the California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Inc. and Kokanee Power descend on the Little Truckee River, just upstream from Stampede Reservoir near Truckee, and get to work on the annual Kokanee Egg Take. More Info

Science Spotlight: It’s Spawning Season for Salmon, Scientists Trying to Revive Extinct Central Valley Salmon Run

Fresno County may seem an unlikely setting for salmon restoration and research, but some of CDFW's most ambitious work with salmon anywhere is taking place in the heart of the parched Central Valley. More Info

CDFW Fish Truck Tracker

CDFW's efforts to raise and plant millions of trout each year for the enjoyment of anglers can be enjoyed firsthand this month. To view trout planting schedules, visit the fish planting website. The fish planting schedule is updated in real time by CDFW hatchery staff. Fish Plan Schedule