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Alexes Sportfishing docked at Seaforth Landing on Mission Bay San Diego

Newport Landing Sportfishing and Whale Watching, Southern CA

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing

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Jig Strike Sportfishing and Hoop-net trips San Diego

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Malihini Sportfishing, San Diego

Impulse Sportfishing, 6-pack charter out of Mission Bay

Prime Time Sportfishing - 6 pack docked at Cortez Marina San Diego

Alexes Sportfishing docked at Seaforth Landing on Mission Bay San Diego

Fishing License 2013 - Official Sportfishing License Website CA DFG (link to the main CA DFG website)

California Fishing Licenses and Mexican Fishing Licenses:

CA Dept. Fish and Game Apply Online License Service (I provide these links as a convenience only please refer to the CA DFG Sportfishing License links above for accuracy or any last minute changes)

2013 Sport Fishing Fees and Descriptions

Valid January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Fish and Game Code Section 70 defines "Resident" as any person who has resided continuously in the State of California for six months or more immediately prior to the date of their application for a license or permit, any person on active military duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or auxiliary branch thereof, or any person enrolled in the Job Corps established pursuant to Section 2883 of Title 29 of the United States Code.

Fish and Game Code Section 86 defines "Take" as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill.

Fees for licenses that are available from license agents include 5% license agent handling fee.

Fees for licenses that are available from license agents and Department offices include 3% nonrefundable application fee. $7.50 maximum per item (Section 700.4, Title 14, California Code of Regulations).

Annual Sport Fishing Licenses

Title Fee Description
Resident Sport Fishing $45.93 Required for a resident 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptile in inland or ocean waters. Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.
Nonresident Sport Fishing $123.38 Required for a nonresident 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptile in inland or ocean waters. Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.
Free Sport Fishing License - Low Income Native American NO FEE Available for any American Indian or lineal descendant who is a resident of the State, 16 years of age or older and whose total annual income does not exceed the specified annual income levels for the number of people living in the household. Certification by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A) or proof of being on a tribal registry is required. Verification of income on Form FG371 is required annually. Information about this license including the specifics annual income levels is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sportfishingfreereduced.html. The license is only available at DFG License Sales Offices.
Reduced Fee Sport Fishing License - Low Income Senior $7.30 Available for any California resident, 65 years of age and older and whose total monthly income from all sources does not exceed the specified annual income levels. Certification of income is required annually from the United States Department of Social Security. Information about this license including the specific annual income levels is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sportfishingfreereduced.html. The license is only available at DFG License Sales Offices.
Reduced-fee Sport Fishing License - Disabled Veteran $7.30 Available for any resident or nonresident honorably discharged disabled veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who takes fish. Certification from the United State Department of Veterans' Affairs is required at the time of application or a copy of a previous year's California reduced fee sport fishing license. Information about this license is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sportfishingfreereduced.html. First license must be purchased from a DFG License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses may be purchased from any license agent.
Free Sport Fishing License - Mobility Impaired, Blind or Developmentally Disabled NO FEE A person meeting one of the three specific criteria described below may qualify for this license. Information about this license is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sportfishingfreereduced.html. First license must be purchased from a DFG License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses may be purchased from any license agent.

(A) Available for any resident or nonresident with central vision acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the aid of the best possible correcting glasses, or central vision acuity better than 20/200 if the widest diameter of the remaining visual field is no greater than 20 degrees. Certification of blindness by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist is required.

(B) Available for any person who is a resident of the State and who is so severely physically disabled as to be permanently unable to move from place to place without the aid of a wheelchair, walker, forearm crutches or a comparable mobility-related device. Verification by a licensed physician or a copy of the previous year's free fishing license is required.

(C) Available for any developmentally disabled person. Certification by a licensed physician or the director of a State regional center is required.

Short Term Sport Fishing Licenses

Title Fee Description
One-day Sport Fishing License $14.61 Allows a resident or nonresident 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptiles in inland or ocean waters. Additional validations or report cards are required for certain species or areas. One-day sport fishing licenses are exempt from the Ocean Enhancement Validation requirement.
Two-day Sport Fishing License $22.94 Allows a resident or nonresident 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptiles in inland or ocean waters for two consecutive days. Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas. Two-day sport fishing licenses are exempt from the Ocean Enhancement Validation requirement.
Ten-day Nonresident Sport Fishing License $45.93 Allows a nonresident 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptile in inland or ocean waters for ten consecutive days. Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.

Validations and Report Cards

Title Fee Description
Ocean Enhancement Validation $5.14 Required for all persons taking fish in ocean waters south of Point Arguello (Santa Barbara County). An Ocean Enhancement Validation is not required when fishing under the authority of a One or Two-Day Sport Fishing License.
Second Rod Validation $14.04 Required for all persons taking fish with two rods or lines in inland waters, except for waters in which only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used.
Colorado River Validation $3.09 Required for all persons taking fish from a boat or other floating device on the Colorado River or adjacent waters forming the California-Arizona border.
Abalone Report Card $21.86 Required for all persons taking abalone from ocean waters north of the center of the mouth of San Francisco Bay, including persons who are not required to have a sport fishing license, such as persons who are under 16 years of age, persons who are fishing from a public pier and persons who are fishing on free fishing days. Only one Abalone Report Card may be issued per person each license year.
Sturgeon Fishing Report Card $8.13 Required for all persons taking sturgeon, including persons who are not required to have a sport fishing license, such as persons who are under 16 years of age, persons who are fishing from a public pier and persons who are fishing on free fishing days. Only one Sturgeon Fishing Report Card may be issued per person each year.
North Coast Salmon Report Card $6.22 Required for all persons taking salmon in the Smith River System or Klamath-Trinity River System, including persons who are not required to have a sport fishing license, such as persons who are under 16 years of age, and persons who are fishing on free fishing days.
Steelhead Report Card $7.05 Required for all persons taking steelhead in inland waters, including persons who are not required to have a sport fishing license, such as persons who are under 16 years of age, and persons who are fishing on free fishing days.
Spiny Lobster Report Card $9.46 Required for all persons taking spiny lobster including persons who are not required to have a sport fishing license, such as persons who are under 16 years of age, persons who are fishing from a public pier and persons who are fishing on free fishing days.

Lifetime Fishing Licenses

Title Fee Description
Ages 0-9
Ages 10-39
Ages 40-61
Ages 62+
$ 504.50 $ 824.00 $ 742.75 $ 504.50 Available to any resident. Lifetime fishing licensees receive an annual sport fishing license each year for life. Application and information about applying for this license (PDF). The license and privilege package are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Fishing Privilege Package $341.50 Lifetime licensees who purchase the Fishing Privilege Package receive a Second-Rod Stamp, an Ocean Enhancement Stamp, a North Coast Salmon Report Card and a Steelhead Report Card.

Duplicate Fees

Title Fee Description
Duplicate Sport Fishing License $10.29 Replaces lost or stolen original sport fishing license.
Sport Fishing Validation $3.24 (Second-Rod and Ocean Enhancement) Replaces lost or stolen sport fishing validations.
Colorado River Validation $3.09 Replaces lost or stolen Colorado River Validation.
Sturgeon Report Card $15.45 Replaces lost or stolen Sturgeon Report Card. Available only at DFG license sales offices. Sturgeon Fishing Report Card Affidavit
Abalone Report Card $17.51 Replaces lost or stolen Abalone Report Card. Available only at DFG license sales offices. Duplicate Abalone Report Card Affidavit

To qualify for a for Free or Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License, anglers must meet the criteria described below.

2013 Reduced-Fee Fishing License

2013 Reduced-Fee Fishing Licenses - Fee $6.95

Fish and Game Code, Section 7150, authorizes the Department of Fish and Game to issue Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing Licenses to anglers who meet specific criteria. Additional validations or cards are required for certain species and areas and must be purchased at the regular fee.

  1. Any person 65 years of age or older who is a resident of California and whose total monthly income from all sources does not exceed the income levels below. Income Verification from your Social Security office is required annually.
    1. $854.40 for single persons, or
    2. $1,444.20 for married persons (combined income).
  2. Any honorably-discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces with a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more. Proof of eligibility from the United States Veterans Administration or a copy of any previous years license is required. Disabled veterans who were issued this license through ALDS may renew their licenses at DFG License Agent, DFG license sales office or online.

Click here for a list of all other licenses sold by DFG

Free Fishing Days in 2011: July 2nd and September 3rd

FAQ's about California Fishing Licenses


Q. Who needs a sport fishing license?
A. Any person who is 16 years of age or older must possess a sport fishing license when taking any fish,
shell fish, reptile, or amphibian in California (Fish and Game Code, Section 7145). Fish and Game Code Section 86 defines "take" as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill.

Q. Do I have to wear my fishing license?
A. Yes. Every person, while engaged in taking any fish, amphibian or reptile, shall display their valid sport
fishing license by attaching it to their outer clothing at or above the waistline so that it is plainly visible, expect when diving as provided in Section 7145 of the Fish and Game Code (Section 700, Title 14, of the California Code of Regulations CCR)

Q. How long is an annual sport fishing license valid?
A. Licenses are valid for a calendar year (January 1 through December 31)

Q. Should I leave the Application for Duplicate License attached to the back of my Annual Fishing License?
A. No. Separate it from your fishing license and keep your Application for Duplicate in a safe place.

Q. How do I replace a lost or destroyed current fishing license?
A. You may obtain a Duplicate Fishing License by surrendering your current years Application for Duplicate to most License Agents and all DFG License Sales Offices and paying the appropriate fee. If you lose your Application for Duplicate or Duplicate Sport Fishing License, you must purchase a new license at full fee. If you lose any additional stamps or cares, they must be purchased again at full fee.

Q. What type of Fishing Licenses, Report Cards and Stamps are available or required?
A. You can find this information by visiting DFG's web site

Q. Do I have to buy an annual license if I am only going to fish a couple of days?
A. No. You can purchase a One or Two-Day Sport Fishing License valid for fishing both ocean and freshwater. Nonresidents can also purchase a Ten-Day Nonresident Sport Fishing License.

Q. Can I get a refund on my fishing license?
A. No. Fishing licenses are considered valid and in use from the time of purchase and the fees cannot be refunded.

Q. Can I purchase a Lifetime Fishing License?
A. Yes. California residents may purchase lifetimes fishing license. You can find information about the lifetime license application process at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/lifetime/lifetime.html

Q. Can I purchase a fishing license for my friend?
A. Yes. You must fill out his/her name and address on the license application. Your friend must fill in the remaining license information and sign the license before fishing (Section 705, Title 14, of the CCR)

Q. Is a fishing license required while fishing from a public fishing pier in ocean waters?
A. No, but it must be a public fishing pier. However, beginning March 1, 2007, a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card will be required to take a sturgeon from public piers in ocean waters.

A "public pier" is defined in the sport fishing regulations as a publicly owned man-made structure that has the following characteristics: is connected, above the mean high tide, to the main coastline or to the land mass of a named and charted natural island; has unrestricted free access for the general public; and has been built or currently functions for the primary purchase of allowing angling access to ocean waters.

Even though licenses, stamps, and most report cards are not required while fishing from a public pier, all other regulations (including minimum sizes, bag limits, and seasons) apply.

Mexican Fishing Licenses

If you will be fishing on a boat in Mexico, you will need to obtain a fishing license for all members who will be present on the boat.

Individual Licenses
One Day $20

One Week $40
One Year $65

You may also purchase licenses directly through Conapesca:
Oficina de Pesca
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 15
San Diego, CA 92103
619-233-4324 telephone
619-233-0344 fax
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 2 PM

Only money orders or cashiers' checks in the correct amount are accepted. All money orders and cashiers' checks should be made out to Oficina de Pesca.

Click here for the application


FAQ's about Mexican Sportfishing

Noted Regulations:
· In order to operate a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a valid boat permit and personal fishing licenses for everybody aboard the boat regardless of age and whether fishing or not. A fishing license is not required when fishing from land
· Only one rod or line with hook is permitted in the water, per person, but there is no restriction regarding the number of replacement items
· The fishing license allows capture of fin fish only. It does not allow capture of any mollusks or crustaceans, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited. Totuava, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of the Ministry and may not be captured at any time
· To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used
· The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fisherman only, after written authorization from the Ministry before use

Bag and Possession Limits:
· In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten fish per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single species, except of the species of marlin, sailfish, swordfish and shark of which only one specimen of either is allowed and which counts as five toward the overall 10 fish limit, or dorado, roosterfish, shad or tarpon, of which only two samples of each species are allowed, and which count as five toward the overall 10 fish limit
· Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc) is five fish per day, whether of a single species or in combination
· Underwater fishing is limited to five fish per day, using rubber band or spring type harpoons, and only while skin diving
· There is no limit to the practice of "catch and release" as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition
· Where sportfishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above

Violations:
· It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for ornamental purposes
· It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sportfishing
· It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, river banks, shores or oceanic waters
· It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem environment
· It is prohibited to practice sportfishing 250 meters or less from swimmers
· It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish
· It is prohibited to discharge firearms in Mexican waters
· Fish caught under a sportfishing license may not be filled aboard the vessel from which is was caught
· It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences, or record catches to be reported to the nearest Oficina de Pesca, or to its representation in San Diego, CA in order to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fisherman