Do I Need a Fishing License for Spearfishing in California?

Spearfishing in California is a popular way of harvesting fish and other marine species. It is also a great way to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature.

In order to fish this way, however, you must first obtain a fishing license.

The regulations for spearfishing in California are quite strict and require that any person over the age of 16 have a fishing license before they can legally partake in the sport. This means that even if you are just snorkeling or wading while fishing, you still need to have a license.

The regulations also state that anyone who engages in spearfishing must use only legal methods and equipment, such as using spears, harpoons, bow and arrows, or sling shots. It is also essential to make sure that the marine species you are Targeting are within season limits and possess the legal size limit before taking them out of the water.

In addition to needing a fishing license for spearfishing in California, there are other restrictions such as no taking of any protected species or any endangered species, no taking of juvenile fish, no taking of more than three fish per day from each water area (unless specified otherwise by local law), and no catching of aquatic animals from public reefs or kelp beds.

In conclusion, it is important to remember that anyone who wishes to partake in spearfishing in California must obtain a valid fishing license before doing so. Not only will this ensure that you are abiding by local laws but it will also help protect marine species from becoming overfished.

Photo of author

Michael Allen