Fishing Licenses are required for persons 16 years and older. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is the enforcement agency for protecting California's marine resources.
California recently enacted a series of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). When sportfishing, it is important that anglers know their current location and relevant regulations and restrictions. For current maps and information regarding how to properly visit a Marine Protected Area in California, click the button below.
Fishing Licenses are required by all persons aboard a boat fishing in Mexico regardless of age. The Mexican Navy is the primary agency that inspects licenses when fishing in Mexican waters.
When entering Mexico by water individuals are required to obtain an FMM Visitor Document. Click on the link below to find detailed instructions on how to comply with regulations. Please check with Mexico Immigration for any questions.The estimated cost is $25 - this varies on the value of the peso at the time.
Vessels must be imported when being brought into Mexican territory. Below is a link to the process for a 10 year authorization. Please contact the Mexican Consulate in San Diego for any questions. The estimated cost is $50 - this varies on the value of the peso at the time.
California requires anglers to complete a "Fish Declaration" form when returning with fish from Mexico.