California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Grants

As of January 1, 2010, anglers are no longer required to purchase a Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp.  Money collected in past years will still be used to fund projects benefiting sport fishing within the stamp’s boundaries.

The Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp Program was established in 2004 to benefit Bay-Delta sport fisheries. Former legislation required a person to first obtain a stamp before sport fishing in the tidal waters of the San Francisco Bay Delta and the mainstem of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, including major tributaries, below the most downstream dam.

On Octover 11, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1052, an amendment to the Fish and Game Code repealing the requirement for anglers to have the stamp on license or as a validation, and the collection of related fees.  As of January 1, 2010, anlgers are no required to purchase the stamp.

The Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp Program has authority to spend approximately $1 million a year on projects that benefit sport fish populations, sport fishing opportunities, and anglers within the stamp's geographic range. The Program has funded a wide range of projects including warden overtime for sturgeon poaching, salmon acclimation, sturgeon forensics, fishing access facility improvements, salmon spawning habitat restoration, salmon escapement monitoring, angler surveys, fish tagging programs, and more. For a complete list of stamp-funded projects click on the Funded Projects (PDF) link at the top of the page. For more information on the Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp Program and funding opportunities, please contact Karen Mitchell by e-mail at Karen.Mitchell@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916)445-0826.

Purpose

The Department will spend the funds to benefit sport fish populations, sport fishing opportunities, and anglers within the stamp's geographic range. In addition, funds will be used for the long-term, sustainable benefit of the primary Bay-Delta sport fisheries including, but not limited to, striped bass, sturgeon, black bass, halibut, salmon, surf perch, steelhead trout, and American shad.

Expenditures will be consistent with state and federal Endangered Species Act requirements and applicable commission policies.

Funded Projects

Reports

Project Reports

Legislative Reports