Creature Feature: Vermilion Rockfish

vermilion rockfish illustration by Amadeo BacharNote: Recreational fishing regulations for this species include depth constraints, seasonal closures, gear restrictions, and beginning January 1, 2021 a new sub-bag limit of five fish. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions flyer for more information about the sub-bag limit. As regulations can change in-season, anglers are encouraged to check the Marine Region website or call the Recreational Groundfish hotline at (831) 649-2801 prior to fishing for current regulations.  Continue reading “Creature Feature: Vermilion Rockfish”

New Recreational Groundfish Regulations For 2021

Vermilion rockfish
photo © katastrophe1 CC BY-NC 2.0

If you are a recreational angler or spearfisher and plan on fishing for rockfish, lingcod, California scorpionfish (sculpin), and other species of “groundfish” in 2021, continue reading to learn about important regulation changes that will take effect in the new year. Anglers and spearfishers should check CDFW’s website for the current regulations before fishing for groundfish, and are advised that some groundfish regulations printed in the 2020-21 ocean sport fishing regulations book will be out of date starting January 1, 2021.

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Marine Region’s 2018 By the Numbers Report Now Available!

report coverWhich California port totaled up the most valuable commercial landings in 2018? How many saltwater sport fishing trips did anglers and divers undertake last year? How many ocean-based scientific collecting permits did the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issue in 2018? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Marine Region: 2018 By the Numbers report, now available on the CDFW website!

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2019 Recreational and Commercial Fishing Regulations Available for Download

Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet coverThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) annual Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet and Commercial Fishing Regulations Digest are now available on the CDFW website.

Ocean Sport Fishing
With the 2019 sport saltwater fishing season taking off, it’s a good time to grab the annual Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet and review ocean fishing regulations. There have been a few changes, so recreational anglers will want to take note.

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California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019

Lingcod
The lingcod daily bag and possession limit changed in 2019.
CDFW photo by M. Parker

On December 12, 2018 the California Fish and Game Commission took action to modify regulations for groundfish fishing. The changes went into effect January 2, 2019.

While many of the changes are good news and reflect improvements in the status of several species, not all changes resulted in increased opportunities for the recreational groundfish fishery. For California Groundfish Management Areas south of 40°10’ N latitude (near Cape Mendocino in northern CaliforniaContinue reading “California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019”