Trinity County Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


County Exceptions

White sturgeon

Dates:
All year
License:
Sturgeon Fishing Report Card Required
Method:
Closed, unlawful
Special:
It is unlawful to take any sturgeon in the North Coast District at any time.

Brook trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
UP TO 10 MAY BE TAKEN IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE NORTH COAST DISTRICT.
Possession Limit:
UP TO 10 MAY BE POSSESSED IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS SPECIFIED FOR THE NORTH COAST DISTRICT.
Special:
The North Coast District consists of the inland waters of all of Trinity, Humboldt and Del Norte counties and the portion of Siskiyou County northwest of a line drawn between Mt. Eddy and the Black Butte Summit railroad crossing of Interstate 5 and west of Interstate 5 between the railroad crossing and Weed, and west of Highway 97 between Weed and the Oregon border.
Size:
Less than 8 inches Total Length

Chinook salmon

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only barbless hooks may be used.
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
April 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Apr. 1 through Sept. 30
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only barbless hooks may be used.
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only barbless hooks may be used.
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only barbless hooks may be used.
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
10
Special:
All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
2
Special:
upstream of the falls located about four miles north of the wilderness area boundary

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5
Special:
Middle Fork tributaries above Indian Dick/Eel River Ranger Station Road
Size:
Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Uhl Creek
Size:
Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
Balm of Gilead Creek and tributaries above falls and 1-1/4 miles from mouth
Size:
Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
2
Special:
North Fork of Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Willow Creek
Size:
Maximum size limit: 14 inches total length

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5
Special:
Main Stem and tributaries above Eaton Falls, located about 1/2 mile upstream of the mouth of the South Fork (Little Van Duzen) and 2 1/2 miles west of Dinsmore. Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
10

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
10
Special:
above Trinity Dam from the confluence with Tangle Blue Creek (Hwy. 3) downstream (south) to the mouth of Trinity Lake, approximately 13.8 miles.

Dates:
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
above Trinity Dam from the confluence with Tangle Blue Creek (Hwy. 3) downstream (south) to the mouth of Trinity Lake, approximately 13.8 miles.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
10
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Klamath River main stem and all tributaries above Iron Gate Dam, except Shovel Creek and tributaries. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Shovel Creek and tributaries above mouth of Panther Creek

Dates:
Nov. 16 through June 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Closed to all fishing
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
10
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Klamath River main stem and all tributaries above Iron Gate Dam, except Shovel Creek and tributaries. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Shovel Creek and tributaries above mouth of Panther Creek

Dates:
Nov. 16 through June 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Closed to all fishing
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Landlocked

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
10
Possession Limit:
20
Species:
Salmon

Hatchery trout

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used.
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
April 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Apr. 1 through Sept. 30
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 - May 31
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
July 16 through Sept. 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Hatchery steelhead

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used.
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
April 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Apr. 1 through Sept. 30
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 - May 31
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
July 16 through Sept. 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Only barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Only artificial flies with barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required

Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
April 1 through the Friday preceding the fourth Saturday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Apr. 1 through Sept. 30
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Jan. 1 - May 31
License:
Required
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
July 16 through Sept. 30
License:
Required
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Required
Special:
Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Uhl Creek

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Required
Special:
Balm of Gilead Creek and tributaries above falls and 1-1/4 miles from mouth.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
above Trinity Dam from the confluence with Tangle Blue Creek (Hwy. 3) downstream (south) to the mouth of Trinity Lake, approximately 13.8 miles.

Closed to all fishing

Dates:
All year
Special:
Anadromous waters of the Klamath and Trinity River Systems, and those entering the ocean south of Humboldt Bay, which are not listed in the Special Regulations. (NOTE: A list of the non-anadromous waters opened to trout fishing (STREAMS AND PORTIONS OF STREAMS NOT LISTED IN THE SPECIAL REGULATIONS THAT ARE OPEN TO TROUT FISHING FROM THE LAST SATURDAY IN APR. THROUGH NOV. 15 (NEW 6-12-98), which is incorporated by reference herein) is available from the Department’s Region 1 Office, 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001 Telephone: (530) 225-2300).

Dates:
Jun. 1 through July 15
License:
Required
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Dec. 31
License:
Required
Special:
Middle Fork main stem from mouth to Bar Creek. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00

Dates:
Apr. 1 through the Fourth Friday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Apr. 1 through the Fourth Friday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
All year
Special:
Anadromous waters of the Klamath and Trinity River Systems, and those entering the ocean south of Humboldt Bay, which are not listed in the Special Regulations. (NOTE: A list of the non-anadromous waters opened to trout fishing (STREAMS AND PORTIONS OF STREAMS NOT LISTED IN THE SPECIAL REGULATIONS THAT ARE OPEN TO TROUT FISHING FROM THE LAST SATURDAY IN APR. THROUGH NOV. 15 (NEW 6-12-98), which is incorporated by reference herein) is available from the Department’s Region 1 Office, 601 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001 Telephone: (530) 225-2300).

Dates:
Nov. 16 through June 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Dates:
Nov. 16 through June 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Closed to all fishing all year

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING: From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. From South Fork Eel River to Cape Horn Dam. (See also Pillsbury Lake tributaries (7.50(b)(138)). Van Duzen River: Main Stem and tributaries above Eaton Falls, located about 1/2 mile upstream of the mouth of the South Fork (Little Van Duzen) and 2 1/2 miles west of Dinsmore. Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). South Fork Eel River from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Middle Fork Eel River. Middle Fork tributaries above Indian Dick/Eel River Ranger Station Road. Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Uhl Creek. Balm of Gilead Creek and tributaries above falls and 1-1/4 miles from mouth. North Fork of Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Willow Creek.

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Shovel Creek and tributaries up to and including Panther Creek

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Shovel Creek and tributaries up to and including Panther Creek.

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Shovel Creek and tributaries up to and including Panther Creek

Dates:
All year
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Shovel Creek and tributaries up to and including Panther Creek.

Only barbless hooks may be used.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River. Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Closed

Dates:
Nov. 16 through last Friday in Apr.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
upstream of the falls located about four miles north of the wilderness area boundary

Low-flow restrictions

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Jan. 31
Special:
Eel River, Mattole River, Redwood Creek, Smith River and Van Duzen River. Stream closures: Special Low Flow Conditions. October 1 for all other streams through January 31, any of the stream reaches listed in subsection (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Tuesday and Wednesday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Monday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Thursday and Friday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Wednesday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) though (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling from Saturday through Monday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Friday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7). Notwithstanding this provision, the department may close or keep a stream reach closed to fishing when the minimum flow is exceeded on the scheduled flow determination day if the department is reasonably assured that the stream flow is likely to decrease below the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 before or on the next flow-determination date. In addition, the department may reopen a stream at any time during a closed period if the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 is exceeded and the department is reasonably assured that it will remain above the minimum flow until the next scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday flow determination. The department shall make information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream. (1) The main stem Eel River from the paved junction of Fulmor Road with the Eel River to the South Fork Eel River. Minimum Flow: 350 cfs at the gauging station near Scotia. (2) The South Fork of the Eel River downstream from Rattlesnake Creek and the Middle Fork Eel River downstream from the Bar Creek. Minimum Flow: 340 cfs at the gauging station at Miranda. (3) Van Duzen River: The main stem Van Duzen River from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Minimum Flow: 150 cfs at the gauging station near Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park. (4) Mad River: The main stem Mad River from the Hammond Trail Railroad Trestle to Cowan Creek. Minimum Flow: 200 cfs at the gauging station at the Highway 299 bridge. (5) Mattole River: The main stem of the Mattole River from the mouth to Honeydew Creek. Minimum Flow: 320 cfs at the gauging station at Petrolia. (6) Redwood Creek: The main stem of Redwood Creek from the mouth to its confluence with Bond Creek. Minimum Flow: 300 cfs at the gauging station near the Highway 101 bridge. (7) Smith River: The main stem Smith River from the mouth of Rowdy Creek to the mouth of Patrick Creek (tributary of the Middle Fork Smith River); the South Fork Smith River from the mouth upstream approximately 1000 feet to the County Road (George Tyron) bridge and Craigs Creek to its confluence with Jones Creek; and the North Fork Smith River from the mouth to its confluence with Stony Creek. Minimum Flow: 600 cfs at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park gauging station. The number to call for information is (707) 822-3164.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Jan. 31
Special:
Eel River, Mattole River, Redwood Creek, Smith River and Van Duzen River. Stream closures: Special Low Flow Conditions. October 1 for all other streams through January 31, any of the stream reaches listed in subsection (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Tuesday and Wednesday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Monday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling on Thursday and Friday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Wednesday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) though (7); any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (7) below shall be closed to all angling from Saturday through Monday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Friday at any of the designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (7). Notwithstanding this provision, the department may close or keep a stream reach closed to fishing when the minimum flow is exceeded on the scheduled flow determination day if the department is reasonably assured that the stream flow is likely to decrease below the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 before or on the next flow-determination date. In addition, the department may reopen a stream at any time during a closed period if the minimum flow as specified in subsections (a)(1)-(7) of Section 8.00 is exceeded and the department is reasonably assured that it will remain above the minimum flow until the next scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday flow determination. The department shall make information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream. (1) The main stem Eel River from the paved junction of Fulmor Road with the Eel River to the South Fork Eel River. Minimum Flow: 350 cfs at the gauging station near Scotia. (2) The South Fork of the Eel River downstream from Rattlesnake Creek and the Middle Fork Eel River downstream from the Bar Creek. Minimum Flow: 340 cfs at the gauging station at Miranda. (3) Van Duzen River: The main stem Van Duzen River from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Minimum Flow: 150 cfs at the gauging station near Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park. (4) Mad River: The main stem Mad River from the Hammond Trail Railroad Trestle to Cowan Creek. Minimum Flow: 200 cfs at the gauging station at the Highway 299 bridge. (5) Mattole River: The main stem of the Mattole River from the mouth to Honeydew Creek. Minimum Flow: 320 cfs at the gauging station at Petrolia. (6) Redwood Creek: The main stem of Redwood Creek from the mouth to its confluence with Bond Creek. Minimum Flow: 300 cfs at the gauging station near the Highway 101 bridge. (7) Smith River: The main stem Smith River from the mouth of Rowdy Creek to the mouth of Patrick Creek (tributary of the Middle Fork Smith River); the South Fork Smith River from the mouth upstream approximately 1000 feet to the County Road (George Tyron) bridge and Craigs Creek to its confluence with Jones Creek; and the North Fork Smith River from the mouth to its confluence with Stony Creek. Minimum Flow: 600 cfs at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park gauging station. The number to call for information is (707) 822-3164.

Sport fishing license required

Dates:
All year
Special:
The North Coast District consists of the inland waters of all of Trinity, Humboldt and Del Norte counties and the portion of Siskiyou County northwest of a line drawn between Mt. Eddy and the Black Butte Summit railroad crossing of Interstate 5 and west of Interstate 5 between the railroad crossing and Weed, and west of Highway 97 between Weed and the Oregon border.

Dates:
All year
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River

Dates:
All year
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1)

Special:
See Eel River

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
Special:
upstream of the falls located about four miles north of the wilderness area boundary

Dates:
All year
Special:
From the mouth to Fulmor Road, at its paved junction with the south bank of Eel River Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
All year
Special:
From Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River to South Fork Eel River. Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(1). Hatchery trout or steelhead in anadromous waters are those showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is absent). Unless otherwise provided, all other trout and steelhead must be immediately released. Wild trout or steelhead are those not showing a healed adipose fin clip (adipose fin is present).

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
Special:
Main Stem and tributaries above Eaton Falls, located about 1/2 mile upstream of the mouth of the South Fork (Little Van Duzen) and 2 1/2 miles west of Dinsmore. Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
Special:
from mouth to Rattlesnake Creek. Also see LowFlow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(2). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
All year
Special:
all anadromous waters in the Lower Klamath River Basin downstream of Iron Gate and Lewiston dams. Season: (See North Coast District Regulations, Section 7.00(a)(5), for the non-anadromous waters of the Lower Klamath River Basin.) NOTE: The Lower Klamath River Basin fishing regulations are available in the 2017-2018 supplemental fishing regulations booklet. The 2017 salmon regulations will be decided in April 2017 by the California Fish and Game Commission to align with the 2017 federal salmon regulations. The final 2017 salmon regulations will be announced on the Department web site (wildlife.ca.gov) and will be available in the 2017-2018 supplemental fishing regulations booklet in May 2017.

Dates:
All year
Special:
See Klamath River Regulations subsection (b)(91.1)

Dates:
All year

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov 15
Special:
above Trinity Dam from the confluence with Tangle Blue Creek (Hwy. 3) downstream (south) to the mouth of Trinity Lake, approximately 13.8 miles.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Klamath River main stem and all tributaries above Iron Gate Dam, except Shovel Creek and tributaries. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Shovel Creek and tributaries above mouth of Panther Creek

Dates:
All year
Special:
all anadromous waters in the Lower Klamath River Basin downstream of Iron Gate and Lewiston dams. Season: (See North Coast District Regulations, Section 7.00(a)(5), for the non-anadromous waters of the Lower Klamath River Basin.) NOTE: The Lower Klamath River Basin fishing regulations are available in the 2017-2018 supplemental fishing regulations booklet. The 2017 salmon regulations will be decided in April 2017 by the California Fish and Game Commission to align with the 2017 federal salmon regulations. The final 2017 salmon regulations will be announced on the Department web site (wildlife.ca.gov) and will be available in the 2017-2018 supplemental fishing regulations booklet in May 2017.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Klamath River main stem and all tributaries above Iron Gate Dam, except Shovel Creek and tributaries. The Klamath River main stem within 250 feet of the mouth of Shovel Creek is closed to all fishing Nov. 16 through June 15.

Dates:
Last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special:
above Iron Gate Dam. Shovel Creek and tributaries above mouth of Panther Creek

Required

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
Special:
Middle Fork tributaries above Indian Dick/Eel River Ranger Station Road

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
Special:
North Fork of Middle Fork and tributaries above mouth of Willow Creek

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing
Amphibian Collecting
Reptile Collecting

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Only Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Catch And Release Only, Only Barbless Hooks May Be Used.
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.
Live Bait
Closed To All Fishing
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
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.
Special Closures
May Be Only Taken By Angling
Gaffs
Spearfishing
Chumming
Only Artificial Flies With Barbless Hooks May Be Used
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
Closed, Unlawful
Only Barbless Hooks May Be Used.
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
Chinook Salmon
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

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.