kinds of permits do I need to fish in Mexico?
you will be fishing on a boat in Mexico, you will need to obtain a
fishing license for all members who will be lpresent on the boat. Day, Week and Year licenses are available.
One Day: $20
One Week: $40
One Year: $65
subject to change)
can purchase licenses from Dana Landing or directly through Conapesca:
Oficina de Pesca
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 15
San Diego, CA 92103
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 2 PM
Note: Conapesca only
accepts money orders or cashiers’ checks in the correct amount.
All money orders and cashiers’ checks should be made out to
Oficina de Pesca. Click
here for the application
Regulations for fishing in Mexican waters:
-In order to operate a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a personal
fishing license for everybody aboard the boat regardless of age and fishing status. A fishing license is not lllllllrequired when fishing from land
l-Only one rod or line with a hook per person is permitted in the water, but there is no restriction against the
number of replacement items
-The fishing license allows capture of fin fish only. It does not allow capture of any mollusks or crustaceans,
land their capture by anyone is strickly prohibited. Totuava, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of
the Ministry and may not be captured at any time.
-To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used
-The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fishermen only, after written authorization from the Ministry
and Possession Limits:
-In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten
fish per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single llllllspecies, except
of the species of marlin, sailfish, swordfish and shark of which only
one specimen of either is llllllallowed and which counts as five toward
the overall 10 fish limit, or dorado, roosterfish, shad or tarpon,
of llllllwhich only two samples of each species are allowed, and which count
as five toward the overall 10 fish limit
-Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc)
is five fish per day, whether of a single species or in llllllcombination
-Underwater fishing is limited to five fish per day, using
rubber band or spring type harpoons, and only while llllllskindiving
-There is no limit to the practice of “catch and release”
as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be llllllreturned to their
environment in good survival condition
-Where sportfishing is conducted from boats out at sea for
longer than three days, the bag limit will be the llllllequivalent of three
times the amounts mentioned above
-It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for
-It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product
obtained through sportfishing
-It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that
harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, lllllllriver banks, shores
or oceanic waters
-It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones
and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem llllllenvironment
-It is prohibited to practice sportfishing 250 meters or less
-It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large
quantities of fish
-It is prohibited to discharge firearms in Mexican waters
-Fish caught under a sportfishing license may not be filled
aboard the vessel from which is was caught
-It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences,
or record catches to be reported to the nearest llllllOficina de Pesca,
or to its representation in San Diego, CA in order to ensure the preservation
of natural llllllresources for the continued enjoyment of all fisherman
kinds of licenses do I need to fish in California?
Fishing Licenses 2011
Annual Sport Fishing Licenses
Resident Sport Fishing:$43.46 Required for a resident to take fish,
mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, llllllamphibians or reptile in inland
or ocean waters. Additional stamps and report cards are required for
certain llllllspecies and areas.
Nonresident Sport Fishing: $116.90 Required for a nonresident to take
fish, mollusks, crustaceans, llllllinvertebrates,lamphibians or reptile
in inland or ocean waters. Additional stamps and report cards are
llllllrequired for certain species and areas.
Short Term SportFishing Licenses Fee Description
lOne-day Sport Fishing License: $14.04 Allows a resident or nonresident
to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, llllllinvertebrates, amphibians or
reptiles in inland or ocean waters. Additional stamps or report cards
are required llllllfor certain species or areas. One-day sport fishing licenses
are exempt from the Ocean Enhancement Stamp llllllrequirement.
Ten-day Nonresident Sport Fishing License: $43.46 Allows a nonresident
to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, lllllinvertebrates, amphibians or
reptile in inland or ocean waters for ten consecutive days. Additional
stamps and lllllreport cards are required for certain species and areas.
Stamps and Report Cards Fee Description
Ocean Enhancement Stamp: $4.89 Allows an angler to fish in ocean waters
south of Point Arguello (Santa llllllBarbara County). An Ocean Enhancement
Stamp is not required when fishing under the authority of a One or
llllllTwo-Day Sport Fishing License.
Colorado River Stamp: $3.09 Allows an angler to fish from a boat or
other floating device on the Colorado River llllllor adjacent waters forming
the California-Arizona border.
here for a list of all other licenses sold by DFG
Q. Who needs a sport fishing license?
A. Any person who is 16 years of age or older must possess a sport
fishing license when taking any fish, shell fish, lreptile, or amphibian
in California (Fish and Game Code, Section 7145). www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
Fish and llllllGame Code Section 86 defines "take" as hunt, pursue,
catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, llllllcatch, capture
Do I have to wear my fishing license?
A. Yes. Every person, while engaged in taking any fish, amphibian
or reptile, shall display their valid sport fishing llllicense by attaching
it to their outer clothing at or above the waistline so that it is
plainly visible, expect when lllllldiving as provided in Section 7145 of
the Fish and Game Code (Section 700, Title 14, of the California Code
of llllllRegulations CCR)
How long is an annual sport fishing license valid?
A. Licenses are valid for a calendar year (January 1 through December
Should I leave the Application for Duplicate License attached to the
back of my Annual Fishing lllllLicense?
A. No. Separate it from your fishing license and keep your Application
for Duplicate in a safe place.
How do I replace a lost or destroyed current fishing license?
A. You may obtain a Duplicate Fishing License by surrendering your
current years Application for Duplicate to most lLicense Agents and
all DFG License Sales Offices and paying the appropriate fee. If you
lose your Application llllllfor Duplicate or Duplicate Sport Fishing License,
you must purchase a new license at full fee. If you lose any lllllladditional
stamps or cares, they must be purchased again at full fee.
What type of Fishing Licenses, Report Cards and Stamps are available
A. You can find this information by visiting the DFG web site
Do I have to buy an annual license if I am only going to fish a couple
A. No. You can purchase a One or Two-Day Sport Fishing License valid
for fishing both ocean and freshwater. llllllNonresidents can also purchase
a Ten-Day Nonresident Sport Fishing License.
Can I get a refund on my fishing license?
A. No. Fishing licenses are considered valid and in use from the time
of purchase and the fees cannot be refunded.
Can I purchase a Lifetime Fishing License?
A. Yes. California residents may purchase lifetimes fishing license.
You can find information about the lifetime lllllllicense application process
Can I purchase a fishing license for my friend?
A. Yes. You must fill out his/her name and address on the license
application. Your friend must fill in the remaining license information
and sign the license before fishing (Section 705, Title 14, of the
Is a fishing license required while fishing from a public fishing
pier in ocean waters?
A. No, but it must be a public fishing pier. However, beginning March
1, 2007, a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card will lbe required to take a
sturgeon from public piers in ocean waters.
"public pier" is defined in the sport fishing regulations
as a publicly owned man-made structure that has the llllllfollowing characteristics:
is connected, above the mean high tide, to the main coastline or to
the land mass of lllllla named and charted natural island; has unrestricted
free access for the general public; and has been built or llllllcurrently
functions for the primary purchase of allowing angling access to ocean
though licenses, stamps, and most report cards are not required while
fishing from a public pier, all otherlregulations (including minimum
sizes, bag limits, and seasons) apply.