San Diego County Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


County Exceptions

Black bass

Dates:
Closed All Year
Special:
No black bass shall be possessed.
Size:
no size limit

Dates:
Open All year
Bag Limit:
5
Special:
No small mouth should be possessed.
Size:
No limit

Crappie

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Combined bag limit of twenty-five sunfish and crappie of all species
Size:
10 inches total length

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Combined bag limit of twenty-five sunfish and crappie of all species
Size:
10 inches total length

Sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Catfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Bullhead

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Closed to all fishing all year

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
includes tributaries. downstream from the falls between the Tenaja Road crossing and Fisherman’s Camp

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
includes tributaries. downstream from the Interstate 15 bridge

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
includes tributaries downstream from the Sweetwater Dam

Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used



Catch and release only, only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
0 for all species
Possession Limit:
0 for all species

Live bait

Special:
Live or dead fin fish shall not be used or possessed for use as bait in the Southern District. Dead threadfin shad and live or dead longjaw mudsucker may be used in all Southern District waters. Live threadfin shad may be used only at the location where taken. Golden shiner and red shiner may be used in San Diego County.

Sport fishing license required

Dates:
All year
Special:
The Southern District consists of the inland waters of all of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and those portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties outside of the Colorado River District (see section 6.37)

Fresh water fishing

Bag Limit:
5
Special:
All Waters except Barrett and Upper Otay lakes

Special:
All Waters except Barrett and Upper Otay lakes

Special:
All Waters except Barrett and Upper Otay lakes

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing
Amphibian Collecting
Reptile Collecting

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Only Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Live Bait
Bow And Arrow Fishing
It Is Unlawful To Use Wire Leaders. It Is Unlawful To Use Lamprey Or Any Type Of Shrimp As Bait.
Closed
Hook And Weight Restrictions
Dip Net
Taking Fish Near Dams, Fishways, Screens And Egg-Taking Stations
Only One Single Point, Single Shank, Barbless Hook May Be Used On A Line When Taking Sturgeon. The Sturgeon Must Voluntarily Take The Bait Or Lure Inside Its Mouth.
Special Closures
May Be Only Taken By Angling
Gaffs
Spearfishing
Chumming
Computer Assisted Remote Fishing
Use Of Lights
Catch And Release Only
Catch And Release Only, Only Artificial Lures With Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Low-Flow Restrictions
General Methods
Crayfish May Be Taken Only By Hand, Hook And Line, Dip Net Or With Traps Not Over Three Feet In Greatest Dimension. Any Other Species Taken Shall Be Returned To The Water Immediately. Traps Need Not Be Closely Attended.
Live Bait Capture Methods
Filleting Of Salmonids In Inland Waters
Artificial Lures
Closed To All Fishing All Year
Movement Of Live Fish
Anadromous Waters
Reptiles May Be Taken Only By Hand, Except As Provided In Subsections (e)(2) And (3) Below, Or By The Following Hand-operated Devices: (A) Lizard Nooses. (B) Snake Tongs. (C) Snake Hooks
By Hand, Hand-held Dip Net, Or Hook And Line
Hand, Hook And Line, Spear, Bow And Arrow Fishing Tackle, Or Dip Net.
Possession Of Illegal Gear
Only Artificial Lures With Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Angling Only
Hand, Spade, Shovel, Hoe, Rake, Or Other Appliance Operated By Hand
No Sturgeon May Be Taken By Trolling, Snagging Or By The Use Of Firearms. Sturgeon May Not Be Gaffed, Nor Shall Any Person Use Any Type Of Firearm Or Snare To Take Any Sturgeon.
Salmon Spawning Areas
Bow And Arrow Fishing Tackle
Any
Dip Net Allowed
Hook And Line. Fishing Methods Described In Section 2.00 Apply To The Take Of Spiny Softshell Turtles, Slider Turtles And Painted Turtles

State-wide Species Available

American Bullfrog
American Shad
Aquatic Gartersnake
Arboreal Salamander
Baja California Brush Lizard
Baja California Collared Lizard
Baja California Treefrog
Black Bass
Black Salamander
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Bullfrog
Bullhead
California Kingsnake
California Lyresnake
California Mountain Kingsnake
California Slender Salamander
California Spiny Lobster
California Treefrog
Candlefish
Carp
Catfish
Checkered Gartersnake
Clams
Clouded Salamander
Coachwhip
Coastal Giant Salamander
Coast Nightsnake
Colorado Pikeminnow
Common Chuckwalla
Common Gartersnake
Common Sagebrush Lizard
Common Sharp-tailed Snakes
Common Side-blotched Lizard
Corvina
Cottonball Marsh Pupfish
Crappie
Crayfish
Crustaceans
Desert Horned Lizard
Desert Iguana
Desert Night Lizard
Desert Nightsnake
Desert Pupfish
Desert Spiny Lizard
Dunn’s Salamander
Ensatina Salamander
Eulachon
Finfish
Forest Sharp-tailed Snake
Gilbert’s Skink
Glossy Snake
Goldfish
Gophersnake
Granite Spiny Lizard
Grass Carp
Great Basin Collared Lizard
Great Basin Spadefoot Toad
Great Plains Toad
Green Sturgeon
Gulf Croaker
Hardhead Sacramento Pike
Humpback Sucker
Lamprey
Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Long-nosed Snake
Long-tailed Brush Lizard
Lost River Sucker
Marine Fin Fish
Mearns’ Rock Lizard
Modoc Sucker
Mohave Chub
Mohave Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake
Mollusks
Mountain Whitefish
North American Racer
Northern Alligator Lizard
Northern Pike
Northern Rubber Boa
Northern Three-lined Boa
Northwestern Gartersnake
Northwestern Salamander
Ornate Tree Lizard
Owens Pupfish
Owens Tui Chub
Pacific Treefrog
Painted Turtle
Panamint Rattlesnake
Pond Slider
Pygmy Short-horned Lizard
Rattlesnake
Red-spotted Toad
Red Abalone
Red Diamond Rattlesnake
Reptiles
Ring-necked Snake
Rio Grande Leopard Frog
Rough-skinned Newt
Rough Sculpin
Sacramento Blackfish
Sacramento Pike Minnow
Sacramento Splittail
Salmon
Salmonids
SARGO
Shortnose Sucker
Sidewinders
Sierra Gartersnake
Sierran Treefrog
Smith’s Black-headed Snake
Sonoran Lyresnak
Sonoran Lyresnake
Southern Alligator Lizard
Southern Leopard Frog
Speckled Rattlesnake
Spiny Softshell
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
Steelhead
Steelhead Trout
Striped Bass
Striped Racer
Striped Whipsnake
Sunfish
Terrestrial Gartersnake
Tiger Whiptail
Tilapia
Trout
Turtles
Unarmored Threespine Stickleback
Wandering Salamander
Western Banded Gecko
Western Black-headed Snake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
Western Fence Lizard
Western Groundsnake
Western Patch-nosed Snake
Western Rattlesnakes
Western Shovel-nosed Snake
Western Skink
Western Sucker
Western Threadsnake
Western Toad
White Bass
White Sturgeon
Woodhouse’s Toad
Yellow Perch
Zebra-tailed Lizard

General Regulations

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