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Reminder: Fishing Report Cards Due Soon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 is the due date for turning in steelhead, sturgeon and north coast salmon report card data.

Information collected from sport fishing report cards provides CDFW biologists with important data necessary to monitor and manage California’s diverse recreational fisheries, including preparing recommendations for sport fishing seasons and limits that allow for sustainable levels of take. This science-based management helps to ensure healthy populations of fish for future generations.

Anglers are required to return their report cards even if they lost their report card, they did not fish or they did not catch any fish. Cards should be reviewed carefully for accuracy prior to submission.

There are two ways to meet the mandatory angler reporting requirement. Online reporting through the CDFW website is easy, fast and free, and includes instant confirmation that the report has been received and accepted.

Sport fishing report cards may also be returned by mail to the addresses listed: North Coast Salmon Report Cards, CDFW – Klamath River Project, 5341 Ericson Way, Arcata, CA 95521-9269; Steelhead Report Cards, CDFW – Steelhead Report Card, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090; Sturgeon Report Cards, CDFW – Sturgeon Report Card, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090.

The Jan. 31, 2020 deadline does not apply to spiny lobster report cards. Spiny lobster report cards are due by April 30, 2020, following the last day of spiny lobster season on March 18.

Please note that license sales agents cannot accept report cards. More information about report cards is available at