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Old 01-10-2006, 10:31 AM   #1
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Post 2006 regs south-central area

Any updates to this region will be posted as a reply in this thread below

California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Region

2006 California Ocean Recreational Fishing Regulations

Morro Bay South-Central Management Area:
The 36?00' Line (near Lopez Point) to Point Conception

(Includes a portion of Monterey County, all of San Luis Obispo County, and a portion of Santa Barbara County)

This summary of current regulations
was updated on January 2, 2006.

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.

What?s Open:

Rockfish

The recreational fishery for rockfish (Sebastes sp.) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish in combination of all species within the RCG Complex (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings) per person, with a sub-limit on bocaccio (1 per person, minimum size limit of 10 inches total length, also included in the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit). Yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish and cowcod may not be retained (bag limit: zero).

The recreational fishery for rockfish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Cabezon

The recreational fishery for cabezon (Scorpaenichthyes marmoratus) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 1 fish within the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings), with a minimum size limit of 15 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for cabezon is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Kelp Greenling and Rock Greenling

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings (Hexagrammos sp.) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 1 fish within the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings), with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

California Sheephead

The recreational fishery for California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for sheephead is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

California Scorpionfish (a.k.a. sculpin)

The recreational fishery for California scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) is is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 10 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for scorpionfish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Ocean Whitefish

The recreational fishery for ocean whitefish (Caulolatilus princeps) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish with no minimum size limit

The recreational fishery for whitefish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

All Other Federally Managed Groundfish and Associated State-Managed Species*

The recreational fisheries for all other federally managed groundfish and associated species* is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. Refer to the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for size limits, bag limits and other regulations pertaining to these species.

The recreational fishery for these species is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Exceptions:

The recreational fisheries for sanddabs, butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole, rock sole, sand sole, and starry flounder, using gear specified for sanddabs in federal and state regulations, are exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

The recreational fishery for leopard shark inside Elkhorn Slough is exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

Surfperch

The recreational fishery for surfperch (family Embiotocidae) remains open all year. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish in combination of all species except shiner surfperch (Cymatogaster aggregata), which have a separate bag limit of 20 fish. Redtail surfperch (Amphistichus rhodoterus) have a minimum size limit of 10 1/2 inches total length.

Dungeness Crab

The recreational fishery for Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) is open from the Mendocino-Sonoma county line to the Mexico border from November 5, 2005, through June 30, 2006. The following regulations apply:

The daily bag and possession limit is ten Dungeness crabs, except in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties while fishing aboard a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV), the limit is six.
The minimum size limit is 5 3/4 inches measured by the shortest distance through the body from edge of shell to edge of shell directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines); except in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties while fishing aboard a CPFV, the minimum size limit is six inches.
Every person taking crab shall carry a device that is capable of accurately measuring the size of the crab using the method described above.
Dungeness crab may not be taken or possessed in San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, between the Golden Gate Bridge and Carquinez Bridge.
Click here to view a crab measurement diagram.

See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for complete information on Dungeness crab, including gear restrictions, measuring devices and methods.

Other Species

There are no depth restrictions on the take of other species, including California halibut, sanddabs, yellowtail, tunas, kelp bass, barred and spotted sand bass, California corbina, white seabass, striped bass, monkeyfaced eels, and California barracuda. See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for the complete regulations, including regulations for species not covered here.

* Associated species include all species of rockfish (including thornyheads), lingcod, cabezon, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, California sheephead, California scorpionfish, ocean whitefish and other federally managed groundfish.

** These fish may be possessed in waters deeper than specified only aboard vessels in transit with no fishing gear in the water.

What?s Closed:

Rockfish

The recreational fishery for rockfish (Sebastes sp.) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

Cabezon

The recreational fishery for cabezon (Scorpaenichthyes marmoratus) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

Kelp Greenling and Rock Greenling

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings (Hexagrammos sp.) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

Lingcod

The recreational fishery for lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

The fishery will open to boat-based anglers, divers and shore-based anglers on April 1, 2006.

California Sheephead

The recreational fishery for California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

California Scorpionfish (a.k.a. sculpin)

The recreational fishery for California scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

Ocean Whitefish

The recreational fishery for ocean whitefish (Caulolatilus princeps) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

All Other Federally Managed Groundfish and Associated State-Managed Species*

Note - The Department of Fish and Game is proposing regulation changes that may alter the seasonal structure and depth limits for all federally managed groundfish and associated state managed species. Check this site, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at (831) 649-2801, send an email to [email protected], or call the nearest DFG office for the latest information.

The recreational fisheries for all other federally managed groundfish and associated species* is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through April 30, 2006, reopening on May 1, 2006.

Exceptions:

The recreational fisheries for sanddabs, butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole, rock sole, sand sole, and starry flounder, using gear specified for sanddabs in federal and state regulations, are exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

The recreational fishery for leopard shark inside Elkhorn Slough is exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

Ocean Salmon

The sport fishery for ocean salmon from Pigeon Point (San Mateo county) to the U.S./Mexico Border is closed as of September 26, 2005. The 2006 ocean salmon season will be decided in April by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the California Fish and Game Commission.

Abalone

The recreational fishery for abalone (Haliotis sp.) is closed year-round south of the mouth of San Francisco Bay.

* Associated species include all species of rockfish (including thornyheads), lingcod, cabezon, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, California sheephead, California scorpionfish, ocean whitefish and other federally managed groundfish.

** These fish may be possessed in waters deeper than specified only aboard vessels in transit with no fishing gear in the water.
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Old 03-09-2006, 05:25 PM   #2
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Default south central part 2 2006 regs

Monterey South-Central Management Area: Pigeon Point to the 36?00' Line
(near Lopez Point)

(Includes a portion of San Mateo County, all of Santa Cruz County, and a portion of Monterey County)

What?s Open:

Rockfish

The recreational fishery for rockfish (Sebastes sp.) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish in combination of all species within the RCG Complex (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings) per person, with a sub-limit on bocaccio (1 per person, minimum size limit of 10 inches total length, also included in the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit). Yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish and cowcod may not be retained (bag limit: zero).

The recreational fishery for rockfish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Cabezon
The recreational fishery for cabezon (Scorpaenichthyes marmoratus) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 1 fish within the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings), with a minimum size limit of 15 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for cabezon is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Kelp Greenling and Rock Greenling

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings (Hexagrammos sp.) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 1 fish within the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings), with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

All Other Federally Managed Groundfish and Associated State-Managed Species*

The recreational fisheries for all other federally managed groundfish and associated species* is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. Refer to the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for size limits, bag limits and other regulations pertaining to these species.

The recreational fishery for these species is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Exceptions:

The recreational fisheries for sanddabs, butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole, rock sole, sand sole, and starry flounder, using gear specified for sanddabs in federal and state regulations, are exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

The recreational fishery for leopard shark inside Elkhorn Slough is exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

Surfperch

The recreational fishery for surfperch (family Embiotocidae) remains open all year. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish in combination of all species except shiner surfperch (Cymatogaster aggregata), which have a separate bag limit of 20 fish. Redtail surfperch (Amphistichus rhodoterus) have a minimum size limit of 10 1/2 inches total length.

Dungeness Crab

The recreational fishery for Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) is open from the Mendocino-Sonoma county line to the Mexico border from November 5, 2005, through June 30, 2006. The following regulations apply:

The daily bag and possession limit is ten Dungeness crabs, except in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties while fishing aboard a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV), the limit is six.
The minimum size limit is 5 3/4 inches measured by the shortest distance through the body from edge of shell to edge of shell directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines); except in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties while fishing aboard a CPFV, the minimum size limit is six inches.
Every person taking crab shall carry a device that is capable of accurately measuring the size of the crab using the method described above.
Dungeness crab may not be taken or possessed in San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, between the Golden Gate Bridge and Carquinez Bridge.
Click here to view a crab measurement diagram.

See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for complete information on Dungeness crab, including gear restrictions, measuring devices and methods.

Other Species

There are no depth restrictions on the take of other species, including California halibut, sanddabs, yellowtail, tunas, kelp bass, barred and spotted sand bass, California corbina, white seabass, striped bass, monkeyfaced eels, and California barracuda. See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet for complete regulations, including regulations for species not covered here.

* Associated species include all species of rockfish (including thornyheads), lingcod, cabezon, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, California sheephead, California scorpionfish, ocean whitefish and other federally managed groundfish.

** These fish may be possessed in waters deeper than specified only aboard vessels in transit with no fishing gear in the water.

What?s Closed:

Rockfish

The recreational fishery for rockfish (Sebastes sp.) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

Cabezon

The recreational fishery for cabezon (Scorpaenichthyes marmoratus) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

Kelp Greenling and Rock Greenling

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings (Hexagrammos sp.) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

Lingcod

The recreational fishery for lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) is closed in all waters, at all depths and to all methods of take through March 31, 2006.

The fishery will open to divers and shore-based anglers on April 1, 2006.

The fishery will open to boat-based anglers on July 1, 2006.

All Other Federally Managed Groundfish and Associated State-Managed Species*

The recreational fisheries for all other federally managed groundfish and associated species* is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through June 30, 2006, reopening on July 1, 2006.

Exceptions:

The recreational fisheries for sanddabs, butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole, rock sole, sand sole, and starry flounder, using gear specified for sanddabs in federal and state regulations, are exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

The recreational fishery for leopard shark inside Elkhorn Slough is exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

Ocean Salmon

The sport fishery for ocean salmon from Pigeon Point (San Mateo county) to the U.S./Mexico Border is closed as of September 26, 2005. The 2006 ocean salmon season will be decided in April by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the California Fish and Game Commission.

Abalone

The recreational fishery for abalone (Haliotis sp.) is closed year-round south of the mouth of San Francisco Bay.

For complete regulation information, see the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

* Associated species include all species of rockfish (including thornyheads), lingcod, cabezon, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, California sheephead, California scorpionfish, ocean whitefish and other federally managed groundfish.

** These fish may be possessed in waters deeper than specified only aboard vessels in transit with no fishing gear in the water.
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update: 2 zones

Morro Bay South-Central Management Area (36? north latitude to 34? 27? north latitude):
? Rockfish, cabezon, greenlings (RCG Complex), other federal groundfish (other than lingcod), California sheephead, ocean whitefish and California scorpionfish: Open to boat-based anglers from May 1 through Oct. 31 in waters from 0 to 40 fathoms (0 to 240 feet).

? Lingcod: Open to boat-based anglers from May 1 through Oct. 31 in waters from 0 to 40 fathoms (0 to 240 feet).
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Monterey South-Central Management Area (37?11? north latitude to 36? degrees north latitude):
? Rockfish, cabezon, greenlings (RCG Complex), other federal groundfish (other than lingcod), California sheephead, ocean whitefish and California scorpionfish: Open to boat-based anglers from July 1 through Dec. 31 in waters from 0 to 30 fathoms (0 to 180 feet).

? Lingcod: Open to boat-based anglers from July 1 through Nov. 30 in waters from 0 to 30 fathoms (0 to 180 feet).
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