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3/4/2010 5:14:00 PM
New sport fishing regulations take effect March 1
Special to the Times

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted the following changes to sport fishing regulations. All take effect and will be enforced starting March 1, 2010.

Display of Sport Fishing License is Not Required

Anglers will no longer have to display their sport fishing license on their outer clothing above the waist, but their sport fishing license must still be in their possession while fishing.

Sturgeon Fishing Closure on Upper Sacramento River

There will a year-round closure to sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River from the Keswick Dam (Shasta County, west of Redding) to the Hwy 162 Bridge (near Butte City). The use of wire leaders or any type of shrimp or lamprey bait is also prohibited in this area.

Spiny Lobster

Spiny lobster must be kept in a whole, measurable condition until it is being prepared for consumption. See Section 29.90(e).

Increased Bag and Possession Limits for Hatchery Trout and Steelhead

The statewide bag and possession limits were raised to two fish per day and four fish in possession. These increased limits will be in place for all rivers and streams where the take of hatchery trout or steelhead is presently allowed except for the Feather, Klamath and Mokelumne rivers. Refer to the Section 7.50 of the regulations for each individual reach.

New Rules for the Smith River

Only barbless hooks will be allowed in all reaches of the Smith River. The "Klamath-Trinity Salmon Report Card" has been renamed "North Coast Salmon Report Card" and will now be required on the Smith River also. The annual bag limit for wild trout or steelhead was reduced to zero and no more than five wild Chinook may be kept per year.

Sunfish and Crappie Combined Bag Limit and Separate Tilapia Limit

The daily bag limit for sunfish is reduced to 25 fish and incorporated into a combined bag limit of 25 sunfish and crappie of all species, except as noted in Section 5.82.

Tilapia are moved out of the sunfish bag limit and continue to have no limit on take.

Regulations are available on the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Web site at

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Article comment by: Eddy McGillicutty

The change regarding the display of Sport Fishing License not being required is good news because now I can fish and sunbathe au natural. The rule pertaining to Sturgeon Fishing Closure on Upper Sacramento River was also good news as I am tired of catching them 3 eyed fish from that polluted sewer anyway. There's a fish that has been around since the dinosaurs and has evolved to verifies Darwin theory. Now they have 3 eyes and can bark like a dog all thanks to wonders of Monsanto. The reduction of the daily bag limit for crappie is pretty crappy as they make great fish tacos with a little Pico Pia

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