Brochure for Freshwater Fishing in California. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
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Bag limits, seasons of use, and size restriction of fish can be found on the same web site. Fisherman and Fire Wildfire can be both beneficial and devastating. It can wipe out homes and businesses as well as rejuvenate forested lands and riparian areas. It is always best to leave fire to the professionals and always make sure your campfires and burning items are completely out before you leave. Please remember to be very careful with fire. fishing accidents. Always be sure of your footing when walking or wading (and it is generally better for you and the aquatic species to stay out of the streams and rivers while fishing). Large and small wildlife (snakes and mosquitos) can Nutria be an annoyance when fishing. Be aware of your surroundings and watch where you step. Wear mosquito and bug repellant with deet to keep them from eating you alive. As always, be careful when driving to and from your secret fishing hole. When boating, always have a Quagga Mussels life vest handy (and kids under 15 must always wear a vest while in a boat per California State Law). Mother Lode Field Office (916) 941-3101 5152 Hillsdale Circle El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5713 (El Dorado Co.) freshwater/license-information. fishermen and women are injured or lose their lives in Applegate Field Office (530) 233-4666 708 W. 12th Street Alturas, CA 96101-3130 (Modoc Co.) at http://www.eregulations.com/california/fishing/ opportunity, it can be dangerous as well. Every year, Surprise Field Station (530) 279-6101 602 Cressler St. phy./ P.O. Box 460 mlg. Cedarville, CA 96104-0460 (Modoc Co.) California. A listing of those requirements may be found Eurasian Milfoil Palm Springs Field Office (760) 833-7100 1201 Bird Center Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262-8001 (Riverside Co.) Freshwater Fishing license issued by the State of Hyacinth Needles Field Office (760) 326-7000 1303 So. Hwy. 95 Needles, CA 92363-4217 (San Bernardino Co.) Even though fishing is a tremendous recreational license, you are required to possess a California Arcata Field Office (707) 825-2300 1695 Heindon Road Arcata, CA 95521-4573 (Humboldt Co.) While you are not required to have a “BLM” fishing Aquatic Invasive Species include Bakersfield Field Office (661) 391-6000 3801 Pegasus Drive Bakersfield, CA 933086837 (Kern Co.) Safety Barstow Field Office (760) 252-6000 2601 Barstow Road Barstow, CA 92311-6653 (San Bernardino Co.) License Requirement water to another. Redding Field Office (530) 224-2100 6640 Lockheed Drive Redding, CA 96002 (Shasta Co.) Never release plants, animals, or fish into water bodies. Never move fish or plants or bait from one Bishop Field Office (760) 872-5000 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100 Bishop, CA 93514-3101 (Inyo Co.) Dry – Completely dry equipment and gear between visits to fresh water systems. Ridgecrest Field Office (760) 384-5400 300 So. Richmond Road Ridgecrest, CA 93555-4436 (Kern Co.) Drain – Empty coolers, bilge pumps, and buckets of all water before leaving a water body. Central Coast Office (831) 582-2200 940 2nd Avenue Marina, CA 93933-6009 (San Benito Co.) Clean – Rinse and remove all mud and plant materials from boats, fishing equipment, and clothing. Ukiah Field Office (707) 468-4000 2550 N. State Street Ukiah, CA 95482-5194 (Mendocino Co.) serious and irreversible harm to aquatic habitats in California if allowed to spread unchecked. Eagle Lake Field Office (530) 257-0456 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130-4710 (Lassen Co.) Take measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals. They can cause El Centro Field Office (760) 337-4400 1661 So. 4th Street El Centro, CA 92243-4561 (Imperial Co.) Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species f you have any questions, feel free to contact ny of the following BLM offices in California: uestions? Catch and Release A large percent of California freshwater anglers are catch and release fishermen — meaning they are very careful with the fish after they catch them and they release them back to the water as quickly as possible. It is always a good thing to keep your fish in a “fish friendly” net in the water until you are ready to release it. Barbless hooks Leave No Trace How to photograph your catch Take only pictures and leave artifacts where you find them. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 makes removal of cultural resources punishable by fines and jail time. When it’s a catch and release fish species or regulation, that creates a challenge for getting a photo of your prize catch. Remember if you’re in a catch and release scenario keep the fish in the water at all times and take the photo of you also harm fish less that barbed ones. The use of live bait holding the fish in the water. is also a detriment to catch and release fishing. Please If it’s a not catch and release and it’s a keeper then you remember, the fish you catch and release today may be can have it out of the water. the fish you catch and release next weekend, and the Camp away from sensitive areas such as Smoke Creek Cave, Nobles Trail, and other associated archaeological sites. The BLM is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has an equitable opportunity to access their public lands by providing access to facilities, programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. following weekend, and next year. Angler’s code of ethics Keep in mind that established fishing laws are designed to provide better fishing for every one, now and in the future. But there is more to fishing than obeying the letter of the law. Commit to respect California’s aquatic resources for quality fishing opportunities now and in the future. The ethical angler: • supports conservation efforts • properly recycles and disposes of trash Catch and Release requires the fish stays in the water, even for photos. It’s a keeper! Stand tall and take the trophy shot. • practices safe angling and boating • obeys fishing and boating regulations California Invaders! Northern Pike are an invasive species and should not be returned to the water if caught. Per California Code of Regulations (Title 14), any northern pike found in California shall be killed immediately by removing the head. Contact California Fish & Game as soon as possible and within 24 hours by calling (888) 334-2258. BLM/CA/GI-2018/019+8000+1020 • respects rights of other anglers • respects rights of property owners • shares fishing knowledge and skills Report looting, graffiti, and trail damage to the Bureau of Land Management, Eagle Lake Field Office, Susanville, California. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management California Freshwater Fishing Travel Responsibly by staying on designated roads and trails. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Protect sensitive areas by staying on designated routes, trails, and roads. Cross streams in designated areas, avoid the trail when wet and muddy, and camp in previously disturbed areas. Respect the Rights of Others including private property owners, recreational trail users, campers, hunters and others so they can enjoy their activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Keep dogs controlled or on leashes. Educate Yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip and know how to operate your equipment safely. Be prepared and check out your vehicle to ensure it is in good operating condition and has a spare tire. Ensure that you have extra water and food in addition to blankets and appropriate clothing for the all types of weather. • doesn’t release live bait into waters • promotes ethical sport fishing • supports conservation efforts by taking only the fish needed Map & Guide Where to catch fish in California California has abundant water sources across the state. You must first know whether or not a river, lake, or reservoir is private property or has public access. Generally, a public boat ramp or BLM/USFS/NPS lands provides access to those bodies of water you wish to fish. The State of California and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also have many acres and miles of waterways that can be fished. A fee is generally required to launch a boat. Please be prepared to have your boat inspected for invasive species at any and all ramps. This includes your anchor. KEY: Y = YES N= NO Body of Water Large Mouth Bass Small Mouth Bass Spotted Bass Striped Bass Steelhead Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Golden Trout German Brown Trout Channel Catfish Bullhead Catfish Bluegill Pumpkinseed White Sturgen Coho Salmon Silver Salmon Kokanee Salmon Crappie Shad Sacremento Perch Bullard’s Bar Reservoir Y N Y N N Y N N N Y N Y Y N N N Y N N N Clear Creek N N N N N Y N N N N N N N N N N N N N N Clear Lake Y N N N N N N N N Y N Y Y N N N N Y N N Colorado River Y N N Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Comanche Reservoir Y N N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Diamond Valley Reservoir Y Y N Y N Y N N N N N Y Y N N N N Y N N Eagle Lake N N N N N Y N N N N N N N N N N N N N N El Capitan Reservoir Y N N N N N N N N Y N Y Y N N N N Y N N Folsom Reservoir Y N Y N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y N N N N Golden Trout Wilderness N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N N N Isabella Lake Y N N N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y N Y N N Lake Almanor Y Y N N N Y N N Y N N Y Y N N N Y N N N Lake Berryessa Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Lake Crowley N N N N N Y N N N N N N N N N N N N N Y Lake Don Pedro Y N N N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Lake Havasu Y N N Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N N N Lake Henshaw Y N N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Lake Oroville Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N N Y N N N Lake Shasta Y N N N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N N N Lake Tahoe Y N N N N Y N N Y N N N N N N N Y N N N Lower Otay Reservoir Y N N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Mattole River N N N N N N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N O’Neill Forebay Y N N Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Perris Lake Y N N N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Rollins Reservoir N N Y N N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N N Sacramento River Y N Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y San Joaquin River Y Y Y Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N Y San Luis Reservoir N Y N Y N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N Susan River N N N N N Y N N N N N N N N N N N N N N Trinity River N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N Y N N N Truckee River N N N N N Y Y N Y N N N N N N N N N N N South Fork Kern River N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N N N Home of the Big Bass! Out of the top 25 largest large mouth bass caught in the US, 21 are from California. Coho Salmon Large Mouth Bass Channel Catfish Coho Salmon