LOBSTER FISHING season 2022-2023
Info, limits, license, regulations, season start and end dates.
California Spiny Lobsters are back!
Available from October–March, these special lobsters are an all-time favorite for seafood lovers.
RULES TO KNOW
SPINY LOBSTER FISHING SAN DIEGO
California’s recreational spiny lobster season is set to kick off Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 6 a.m., continuing through March 16, 022.
Bag Limits: each person hoop netting for lobsters is allowed to take home up to 7 spiny lobsters
Legal Size: lobsters carapace must be a minimum of 3 and 1/4 inch, don’t worry we will measure for you
Permits: Everyone must have a Spiny Lobster Report Card and everyone over the age of 16 years old must also have a California Fishing License.
All Catch must be of Legal Size
Whenever a lobster is captured in the net, it is your responsibility to measure the carapace of the lobster to insure that it is of a legal size. It is a good idea to bring a lobster measure with you. You can obtain one at any fishing store. There will also be some on the boat, and in the hands of the deckhands, but it is always a good idea to have one, they are only 2 bucks. Once you are on board the Captain will give a brief lecture on how to do it, and during the trip our crew will assist you.
Spiny Lobster Report Card
Everyone on board fishing for spiny lobsters are required to have a valid form of ID (Driver’s License, Military ID, or Passport) and a Spiny Lobster Report Card. Even those who are under 16 years old. The cards are valid for the entire season. Luckily they are super easy to get online.
You can get one online click here.
Please note, you must register and be logged in (not as a guest) in order to purchase your card. Once registered, go to “purchase licenses” and scroll down to “report cards” and select “instructions to add Spiny Lobster Report Card” and follow the instructions.
California Sport Fishing License
On San Diego Fishing Charters all anglers 16 years or older are required to have a valid form of ID (Driver’s License, Military ID, or Passport) and a California sport fishing license for the day they are fishing. Luckily they are super easy to get for your fishing adventure with us. There are two options:
1. You can get one online here:
Login as a guest, go to “purchase license,” then “Sport Fishing 1 Day License (res/nonres).
Please be sure to: set it for the specific date we are going fishing, print it out and sign it.
2. You can get one at the day of your fishing trip on location at the docks.
We recommend that you go with option #1 so we are ready to go at the pick up time, and get to the fishing grounds quicker.