CDFW invites you to take a journey through California in pursuit of unrivaled fishing opportunities. Pack your bags, load up your tackle boxes, grab your favorite rods and reels, and prepare for fishing adventures across California's many lakes, rivers and ocean waters.
The California Fishing Passport Program challenges people to fish their way around the Golden State in search of 150 different finfish and shellfish species. This is a fishing incentive and angler recognition program and like a traveler's passport book, for each successful catch, participants receive special stamps in their books to mark their accomplishments.
Participants should take a photo of each new species caught and fill in the catch report section of the passport book with the date and location where the fish was taken. If no photo is taken, the angler can have a witness certify the authenticity of the catch. Anglers can receive passport stamps for each species they catch and document. To recognize the angler's achievements, the California Fishing Passport Program provides awards as anglers catch new species and gather more stamps.
Interested in accepting the challenge? California Fishing Passport books are available free of charge to all licensed anglers and children upon request from CDFW license sales offices, official partners and authorized stamping agents.
In an effort to recruit new anglers to the activity, the California Fishing Passport Program (with help from a federal Sport Fish Restoration Act grant) will hold several family friendly, free fishing workshops this summer.
The workshops will teach participants about many of the saltwater species in the passport book, fishing techniques, ocean conservation and angler ethics. Participants will also get to go fishing on a deep sea fishing boat, along with expert instructors, to apply the techniques learned in the workshops.
More details on the workshops will be available on the CDFW website by April 1, 2017.