Beloware links to regulations governing the taking of saltwater species in California for personal use. State waters generally extend from shore to 3 nautical miles from the coast and around offshore islands. Federal waters extend beyond. California sportfishing regulations can be incredibly complex and change from year to year and region to region. If you have a question or are unsure about a certain regulation be sure to ask on one of our discussion forums or consult the California Department of Fish and Game website.
Regional Management for Saltwater Fisheries
Northern Management Area (Oregon Border to near Cape Mendocino)
Mendocino Management Area (Cape Mendocino to Point Arena)
San Francisco Management Area (Point Arena to Pigeon Point)
Central Management Area (Pigeon Point to Point Conception)
Southern Management Area (Point Conception to the U.S. Mexico Border)
San Francisco Bay District