Article 11. Fresh-water Fish For Bait of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 6. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 11.
Any person engaged for profit in the taking, transporting, or
selling of live fresh-water fish for bait shall first obtain from
the department a live fresh-water bait fish license to possess the
fish for those purposes. The commission may prescribe regulations
governing these licenses.
A license shall be issued for a calendar year, or, if issued after
the beginning of such term, for the remainder thereof, and may be
revoked for a violation of the terms thereof.
Such a license is not required for the raising, possession, or
sale of live fresh-water fish for bait under authority of Division 12
(commencing with Section 15000).
The provisions of this code on commercial fishing, packing, or
processing licenses, on reports by persons engaged in the commercial
fish industry, and on statements required by owners or operators of
fishing boats, do not apply to the taking, transporting, or selling
of live fresh-water fish for bait.
The annual license fee for a live freshwater bait fish
license is fifty-five dollars ($55) for each person.
A license issued under Section 8460 shall authorize the
taking of only golden shiners, fathead minnows and such other species
as the department may designate, under such regulations as the
commission may prescribe. The commission may prohibit in any part or
all parts of the State the possession alive of any species of fish
which it considers a potential threat to the fisheries of the State
by reason of possible escape and establishment.
Traps not over 24 inches in greatest length nor more than 12
inches in greatest depth or width, or seines of not over 1/2-inch
mesh stretched measure and not more than 4 x 30 feet in size, may be
used for the taking of fish of the carp and minnow family (family
Cyprinidae), suckers (family Catostomidae), sculpins (family
Cottidae), or mosquito fish (genus Gambusia). Such traps may be used
only in lakes and impounded waters. Such seines may be used only in
lakes, impounded waters, and conduits.
Fish taken as provided in this section may be sold only as bait.
Fish other than those named in this section that may be taken in such
traps or seines shall be released and returned unharmed to the water
Notwithstanding Section 200, the commission shall regulate
the taking of freshwater clams for commercial purposes.