California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Update for November 1, 2004


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Posted by DFG on October 28, 2004 at 10:17:58:

This is a notice to California's saltwater sport fishermen of upcoming regulation changes, including seasonal openings and closures, bag and size limit changes, depth and gear restriction changes, etc.



Lingcod
The sport fishery for lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) will be closed in all waters statewide, at all depths and to all methods of take (including boat-based anglers, shore-based anglers and divers) on November 1, 2004, through December 31, 2004. This is an in-season regulation change - click here and here for more information.


Rockfish and Other Federal Groundfish
From 40 degrees, 10 minutes North latitude (near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt county) to 36 degrees North latitude (near Lopez Point in Monterey county)

The sport fishery for rockfish, cabezon, greenlings, California sheephead, ocean whitefish, California scorpionfish, and all other species of federally managed groundfish** will be closed to boat-based anglers from November 1 through December 31, 2004. The sport fishery for these species remains open to shore-based anglers and divers through December 31, 2004. This is an in-season regulation change - click here and here for more information.

**Except for sanddabs, which may be taken at depths and using gear specified in the state and federal sport fishing regulations, and leopard shark inside San Francisco Bay, which may be taken through December 31, 2004, with no depth restrictions. 
Click here to view a map of the state with county lines, key landmarks and features, and fishery management lines.




California Scorpionfish

From Point Conception (Santa Barbara county) to the Mexico Border
The sport fishery for California scorpionfish (a.k.a. "sculpin") (Scorpaena guttata) will be open to all methods of take (including boat-based anglers, shore-based anglers and divers) from November 1 through December 31, 2004. Scorpionfish may only be taken in waters less than 360 feet (60 fathoms) in depth.

See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for complete information (including minimum size limits and daily bag and possession limits) on scorpionfish.
Click here to view a map of the state with county lines, key landmarks and features, and fishery management lines.


Depth Restrictions
From Point Conception (Santa Barbara county) to the Mexico Border
Rockfish, cabezon, greenlings, California sheephead, ocean whitefish, California scorpionfish, and all other species of federally managed groundfish** may only be taken and/or possessed in waters less than 360 feet (60 fathoms) in depth from November 1 through December 31, 2004. Depth restrictions within the Cowcod Conservation Areas remain unchanged. This is an in-season regulation change; click here for more information.

**Except for sanddabs, which may be taken at depths and using gear specified in the state and federal sport fishing regulations, and lingcod, which closed on November 1 (see above). 
Click
here to view a map of the state with county lines, key landmarks and features, and fishery management lines.




Shore-based anglers are fishermen that fish from beaches, banks, piers, jetties, breakwaters, docks and other manmade objects connected to the shore.     
Divers are spear fishermen entering the water either from the shore or from a boat or other floating object.

Boat-based anglers are fishermen that fish from boats or vessels of any size or any other type of floating object, including kayaks and float tubes.



Regulations that are not referenced above remain unchanged from the previous month. For complete information check the links below.


California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map

2004 California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet
2004 California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement
In-Season Regulation Changes

California Fish and Game Commission



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