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California Fresh and Salt Water Fishing Records







Albacore Tuna 90lbs 0oz Santa Cruz Don Giberson 10/21/1997
American Shad 7lbs 5oz Feather River  Craig Stillwell 5/9/1985
Arctic Grayling 1lbs 12oz Lobdell Lake  Don Acton Jr. 8/27/1974
Bigeye Tuna 240lbs 0oz Butterfly Bank Steve Hutchinson 8/1/1997
Black Crappie 4lbs 1oz New Hogan Lake  Wilma L. Honey 3/29/1975
Black Rockfish 9lbs 2oz S. F. Light Station Trent Wilcox 9/3/1988
Blue Catfish 101lbs 0oz San Vicente Reservoir  Roger A. Rohrbouck 3/12/2000
Blue Marlin 692lbs 0oz Balboa A. Hamann 8/13/1931
Blue Rockfish 3lbs 14oz San Carpoforo Terry Lamb Jr. 10/14/1993
Bluefin Tuna 243lbs 11oz 277 Spot Karl E. Schmidbauer 9/8/1990
Bluegill Sunfish 3lbs 8oz Lower Otay Reservoir  Davis Buckhanan 7/10/1991
Bocaccio Rockfish 17lbs 8oz Point St Georges Reef Sam Strait 10/25/1987
Brook Trout 9lbs 12oz Silver Lake  Texas Haynes 9/9/1932
Brown Trout 26lbs 8oz Upper Twin Lake  Danny Stearman 4/30/1987
Bull Trout 9lbs 11oz McCloud Lake  James S. McCloud 5/1/1968
Bullhead 4lbs 8oz Trinity Lakes  Gary Dittenbir 10/7/1993

Canary Rockfish 6lbs 15oz Usal Beach Kevin Kerns 9/30/2001
Carp 52lbs 0oz Nacimiento Lake  Lee Bryant 4/1/1968
Channel Catfish 52lbs 10oz Santa Ana River Lakes  Lee Porter 7/12/1993
Chinook (King) Salmon 88lbs 0oz Sacramento River  O.H. Lindberg 11/21/1979
Coho Salmon 22lbs 0oz Paper Mill Creek  Milton T. Hain 1/3/1959
Copper Rockfish 8lbs 3oz Pigeon Point Kenny Aab 8/18/1985
Cutthroat Trout 31lbs 8oz Lake Tahoe  William Pomin 1911
Flathead Catfish 72lbs 14oz Colorado River  Billy Potter 4/22/2003
Golden Trout 9lbs 8oz Virginia Lake  O.A. Benefield 8/18/1952
Green Sunfish 1lbs 12oz private pond near Bella Vista unknown 6/3/1978
Kokanee Salmon 4lbs 13oz Lake Tahoe  Dick Bournique 8/1/1973
Lake Trout 37lbs 3oz Lake Tahoe  Robert G. Aronsen 6/21/1974
Largemouth Bass 21lbs 12oz Lake Castaic  Michael Arujo 3/5/1991
Ling Cod 56lbs 0oz Crescent City Carey Mitchell 7/12/1992
Mountain Whitefish 3lbs 1oz Lake Tahoe Gregg Harris 1/24/2004
Olive Rockfish 5lbs 14oz St. Augustine Reef Haady Forbes 11/21/1991
Orangemouth Corvina 37lbs 0oz Salton Sea  Dick Van Dam 7/15/1988
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 1lbs 0oz Mt. Meadows Reservoir  Dave Smith 8/4/1996
Rainbow Trout 27lbs 0oz Lake Natoma Frank Palmer 10/2/2005
Rainbow Trout 23lbs 0oz Lake Natoma  Jeremy Brucklacher 1/17/2000
Redear Sunfish 5lbs 3oz Folsom So. Canal  Anthony White 6/27/1994
Sacramento Perch 3lbs 10oz Crowley Lake  Jack Johnson 5/22/1979
Sargo 4lbs 1oz Salton Sea  Mike Leonte 1972
Skipjack Tuna 26lbs 0oz San Diego William Hall 9/28/1970
Smallmouth Bass 9lbs 1oz Clair Engle Lake  Tim Brady 3/20/1976
Spotted Bass 10lbs 4oz Pine Flat Reservoir  Brian Shishido 5/3/2001
Starry Flounder 11lbs 4oz San Simeon Steve Doshier 8/29/1993
Striped Bass 67lbs 8oz ONeill Forebay  Hank Ferguson 5/7/1992
Striped Marlin 339lbs 0oz Catalina Island Gary Jasper 7/4/1985
Sturgeon 468lbs 0oz San Pablo Bay  Joey Pallotta 7/9/1983
Tilapia 3lbs 8oz Palo Verde Canal  Carol A. Bellamy 11/27/2000
Vermilion Rockfish 14lbs 9oz Morro Bay Bobby Cruce 7/31/1996
Warmouth 0lbs 15oz Hensley Lake Russell Jacobs 5/21/2004
White Bass 5lbs 5oz Ferguson Lake  Milton Mize 5/8/1972
White Catfish 22lbs 0oz William Land Park Pond  James Robinson 3/21/1994
White Crappie 4lbs 8oz Clear Lake  Carol Carlton 4/26/1971
Yellowfin Tuna 239lbs 0oz Catalina Island Ronald B. Howarth 11/4/1984
Yellowtail Rockfish 5lbs 8oz Alder Ck. Alberto Cortez 9/4/1991

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California Free Fishing Days
Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What's that? You say you never learned to fish?

Well, if you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, we have a great opportunity for you. The Department of Fish and Game offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some Department offices offer a Fishing in the City program where you can go fishing in the middle of major metropolitan areas perhaps just a few blocks from your home. Fishing in the City and free fishing day clinics are designed to educate people just like you about fish habits, proven methods of catching fish, and tackle you'll need. You can even learn how to clean and prepare your catch so you can enjoy it for dinner that night.

While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect; there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.

Free Fishing days for 2010 are JULY 4th and SEPTEMBER 6th.

Click here for additional information on Free Fishing Days in the San Francisco Bay area.

On Free Fishing Days, every angler must have the appropriate report card if they are fishing fish for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon, spiny lobster, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River Systems.

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