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Commercial Fishing

Before you decide to fish commercially in California, you’ll have to have a CA Commercial fishing license on your person. Will you be Commercial Fishing in either saltwater or freshwater? Either way, you’ll want to read up on CA Commercial Fishing licensing requirements before you cast your nets or lines.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many California fishing-related services, including information on obtaining a new fishing license, fishing regulations in your state and fishing safety courses. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from different California fishing organizations, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.

2: Via the CDFW

If you prefer to access additional material on California fishing services and regulations, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support.




California Commercial Fishing Licenses

California Saltwater Commercial Fishing is defined as; any activity that involves operating or assisting in using or operating any boat, aircraft, net, trap, or line to take fish for commercial purposes, or if you contributes materially to the activities on board a commercial fishing vessel.   To learn more about California Commercial Fishing as well as licensing and regulations, please visit: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/commercial/ .

Purchasing a California Commercial Fishing License

When obtaining a CA Commercial fishing license, fees will vary. To find out the cost of the type of California Commercial Fishing License you’re looking to purchase, go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/commercial/commdescrip.html . To pay at one of your local California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Resources offices, visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/marine/contact.asp#offices to find a location near you.  For additional commercial license information you can also call 916-928-5822.