California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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2012 Events

September 29
Fish for Life! and SeniorWish Veterans Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
DFG's California Fishing Passport joined the non profit organizations "Fish for Life!" and SeniorWish to honor WW11, Korean War and Desert Storm veterans aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing for a day of fishing. A total of 35 veterans (most in their 80's and a handful in their 90!) attended. It was a great day of fishing and a special event to honor and thank our veterans for their service to our country.

August 18
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
DFG's California Fishing Passport joined the non profit organization "Fish for Life!" aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing for a day of fishing. "Fish for Life!" is headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"

August 15
Friends of Rollo Boat Trip
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point

August 11
Huntington Beach Huck Finn Fishing Derby
Huntington Beach

August 11
10th Annual Young Angler Tournament
Shelter Island Pier, San Diego
The California Fishing Passport Program joined forces with the International Wildlife Fish Association and the San Diego Sportfishing Council to host a day of pier fishing from the Shelter Island Pier in San Diego. More than 200 kids (15 years and younger) and their families came out for this festive annual event. Free lunches were served to all and fishing rods, reels and tackle as well as trophies were given to winners in every age group. All prizes were donated by sponsors. It was a great event for young kids and families to all participate in together.

August 9
"Great Opportunities" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
A California Fishing Passport trip aboard the F/V Dana Pride with "Great Opportunities", a wonderful non-profit organization that benefits under-privileged children from heavily gang-oriented neighborhoods in Orange County. This organization tries to give them the support, tools and opportunities they need to see their potential and understand that they can achieve anything if they believe in themselves. A total of 80+ children and group leaders attended. For many, it was their first adventure on the ocean.
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August 4
Kid's Fishing Day
Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, Mount Shasta
On August 4, more than 1,000 children attended this popular trout fishing event at the Mt. Shasta Hatchery.

August 4
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
The Junior Angler Fishing Derby series came to the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside on Aug. 4. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. At least 125-150 kids (up to 15 years old) came out for the derby. Prizes were given to anglers in each age group, as well as lots of raffle prizes to all entrants. Partners for this event included: DFG's California Fishing Passport Program, International Wildlife Fish Assn., United Pier and Shore Anglers Club and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

July 28
Mammoth Lakes Kid's Fishing Festival
Mammoth Lakes
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The 25th Annual Kids Fishing Festival was held in Mammoth Lakes on Saturday, July 28, 2012. As always, this California Fishing Passport event was completely free. More than 1,000 kids attended and nearly every child caught fish! This was another great outing for families in the Eastern Sierras!

July 21
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Marin Rod and Gun Club
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DFG's California Fishing Passport program joined the International Wildlife Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California at their third Young Angler Tournament series event at the Marin Rod and and Gun Club pier. Youth from throughout the SF Bay Area attended this fun event.

July 18
Friends of Rollo Boat Trip
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point

July 7
World's Largest Salmon BBQ
Fort Bragg
This annual event, held on July 7, 2012 this year, is a fundraiser for the Salmon Restoration Association, which helps to fund watershed restoration efforts. Hundreds of attendees from all over northern California come to contribute to a worthy cause, eat great BBQ, and listen to some fun music. You can also pick up a copy of the California Fishing Passport and get your passport stamped!

July 7
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Avila Beach Pier, Avila Beach
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DFG's Fishing Passport staff joined IGFA/UPSAC at their second Young Angler Tournament series event at Avila Pier. The event was co-sponsored by the International Wildlife Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California. Young anglers caught lots of interesting fish, won prizes and generally had a great time!

June 23
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Berkeley Pier, Berkeley
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This first event of the Young Angler Tournament series at the Berkeley Pier on San Francisco Bay was co-sponsored by the International Wildlife Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California. DFG's California Fishing Passport program joined in to give each participant a passport, which was stamped as they caught different kinds of fish. Dozens of kids showed up to participate, catch fish, win prizes and generally have a great time!

April 15
Day at the Docks
Fisherman's Landing, San Diego

2011 Events

August 27
Seal Beach Youth Fishing Derby
Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach

August 20
Mt. Shasta Hatchery Kids Fishing Day
Mt. Shasta Hatchery, Mt. Shasta
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

August 13
Huck Finn Days
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
8:00 a.m. - noon

August 5
Belmont Pier Kids Fishing Rodeo
Long Beach

July 30
24th Annual Kids Fishing Festival
Snowcreek Ponds in Mammoth Lakes
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July 2
World's Largest Salmon BBQ
Fort Bragg

May 21
Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs
Bidwell Park, Chico

May 14-15
Women in the Outdoors Conference
Tejon Ranch, Lebac

April 30 - May 1
Trout Season Opener
Bishop and Mammoth

April 17
Day at the Docks
Fishermen's Landing, San Diego

2010 Events

Every Sunday
Free Kid's Fishing Clinic followed by a Free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip
12:00 p.m. - dark, Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Dana Point, California

July-December 2010
2010 Fishing Challenge
Anglers participated in the challenge by catching any fish listed in the ocean, inland warmwater or the inland coldwater sections of the California Fishing Passport between July - December of 2010. Those who met the challenge received the opportunity to win pins, fishing tackle, binoculars, rods, reels, and other prizes.

July 24
High Mountain Trout Fishing
Snowcreek Ponds in Mammoth Lakes, California
The Mammoth Lakes Annual Kids Fishing Festival was held (free of charge) at Snowcreek Ponds where 1,000 kids aged 14 years and under fished for beautiful Alper's and DFG's Hot Creek Hatchery stocked trout. DFG staff provided information about California's trout fisheries, distributed California Fishing Passports and ID books, and stamped everyone's passport books. Hot Creek Hatchery brought their mobile trout aquarium and DFG's "Fishing in the City" program provided kids with loaner rods and reels and taught casting techniques.

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June 19
Mt. Shasta Hatchery Kids Fishing Day
Mt. Shasta Hatchery, Mt. Shasta, California

May 22
Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs
Bidwell Park, Chico, California

April 25
Kids Fishing Trip on the F/V/ Cortez
Seaforth Sportfishing Landing, San Diego
Hosted by the San Diego Rod and Reel Club

April 24-25
Trout Season Opener
Bishop and Mammoth

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April 18
Day at the Docks
Fishermen's Landing, San Diego

2008 Events

Southern California Saltwater Fishing Event - A 2-Day Event!

Two days of fine family fishing in Southern California aboard the Dana Pride and the New Seaforth

August 10, 2008
Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point
Dana Pride - 3/4 day trip
August 11, 2008
Seaforth Sportfishing, San Diego
New Seaforth - 1/2 day trip

These were the 4th and 5th California Fishing Passport Legacy Challenge trips of the year. The Dept. of Fish and Game (DFG), NOAA Fisheries Service and United Anglers of Southern California/Friends of Rollo all teamed up to offer these two fishing trips for youngsters and families. The 95' Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing hosted the first trip on Sunday, August 10, and the following day the 85' New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing repeated this joyous and memorable experience in San Diego.

On Sunday, August 10, a perfect sunny Southern California day, 65 youngsters and family members, along with a half-dozen or so volunteer helpers, came out to fish aboard the spacious Dana Pride. This 3/4-day adventure was one that the new anglers aboard that day will never forget.

The trip was action-packed all day long with most everyone on the boat getting hooked up in what could only be described as a mass fishing frenzy! Schools of energetic bonito charged the boat throughout the day with so many fish biting that rods were bent everywhere around the boat. The crew was great and everybody worked together and had a good time. There's no doubt about it, when it comes to thrilling and challenging new anglers, these local fish are some of the best. By the end of the day, everybody aboard had caught fish and we ended the day with an impressive count of 166 of the scrappy little tuna, as well as a few calico bass, sand bass and barracuda that came aboard before we headed back to port.

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The following day 50 youngsters and their families boarded the New Seaforth out of San Diego for an afternoon half-day trip fishing the kelp area north of Point Loma. The fishing action wasn't as fast and furious as we'd seen the day before, but anglers were happy and busy all afternoon with the steadily biting calico and sand bass, barracuda and even some bottom-dwelling lingcod.

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At the end of each day, Fishing Passport Legacy Challenge prizes and free fishing passes were awarded for various family and mentor/novice fishing team accomplishments (thanks to Western Outdoor News and Dana Wharf Sportfishing), and special rod/reel combos from Abu Garcia were presented to one lucky novice each day. All novice anglers also received new Fishing Starter Kits full of fishing supplies and information designed to help give the new anglers the gear and the incentive to come out fishing again (thanks to our generous sponsors at Berkley, Bass Pro Shops, Plano and Alpen Outdoors.)

Both of these fishing trips were made possible by NOAA Fisheries and UASC/Friends of Rollo who worked with the landings to provide free fishing and rental tackle for kids 12 and under when accompanies by a paying adult - making it easy for families to share the fun and excitement of fishing. In addition, UASC volunteers were busy on deck helping out and snapping photos of the proud kids and with their catches. The photos were printed out right in the galley and inserted into a United Anglers-NOAA Fisheries Ethical Angler Card that was presented free to each young angler as a great reminder of their fun day on the water.

Northern California Saltwater Fishing Event - A 2-Day Event!

July 13 & 14, 2008
Huli Cat Sportfishing and Charter Boat
Half Moon Bay, California

Anyone looking for a memorable day of fishing with family and friends on a beautiful summer day at the Farallon Islands would have loved these two trips aboard the 53' Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay. Capt. Tom Mattusch treated everyone to some great fishing and whale watching that everyone, especially the young novice anglers aboard. will not soon forget. NOAA Fisheries and the DFG's California Fishing Passport Program played host for both trips, and NOAA Fisheries surprised everyone each day by paying all costs for both trips!

This was the third DFG Fishing Passport Legacy Challenge event of the year, presented in partnership with Angler's Legacy. Experienced anglers teamed up with novice anglers to try to catch as many different species of fish as they could. On the first day, experienced anglers from Wilderness Unlimited (a private hunting, fishing and camping club) acted as mentors and teammates to 15 novice anglers for the Passport Legacy Challenge. The rockfish bit pretty steadily all day long, and by the end of the day everyone had caught some fish and most people had nice sacks of fish to take home. Final counts showed that 16 different species had been brought aboard. Novice Kevin Tam from Millbrae had teamed up with his father, Vilom, and between the two of them they caught limits and bagged nine different rockfish species. Their reward was a new rod and reel set generously donated by Abu Garcia.

The following day was dedicated to the Boys and Girls Club of San Mateo County. Seventeen novice anglers, primarily inner city kids, were introduced to saltwater fishing, and for many it was also their first time out at sea. It turned out to be a nice day with perfectly flat calm seas, and fish that bit all day long. At the end of the trip, a very excited Alex Avenarino, 17, of Palo Alto was awarded the new Abu Garcia rod and reel set for landing six different fish species, and a total of 10 fish for the day. With this new rod and reel, Alex said he could now spend more time with his dad because now they could fish together.

As everyone departed the boat each day, novice anglers received new Fishing Starter Kits full of fishing supplies provided by our generous sponsors at Berkley, Bass Pro Shops and Plano. The kits were designed to give the new anglers gear they would need for their next fishing trip, along with some additional incentives to come out fishing again.

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Northern California Lake Fishing Event - Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs

May 31, 2008
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park
Chico, California

The California Fishing Passport Program helped support Chico's annual "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" event held May 31 at Horseshoe Lake in Bidwell Park where an estimated 4,000 people attended. Just days earlier, 10,000 pounds of channel catfish had been planted, so there were many kids that day who were able to catch a fish for the very first time. This event was completely free and even provided bait, loaner tackle and free fish cleaning for everyone!

The California Fishing Passport Program made this event the northern California stop for their California Fishing Passport Legacy Challenge. Free new angler starter fishing kits were given to the first 50 mentor-novice teams that signed up, and California Fishing Passports and the award-winning California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Books were provided to everyone who registered for the Challenge or inquired about the program.

DFG staff also stamped passports for each new fish species caught. Besides the channel catfish that were planted in Horseshoe Lake, eight other species of fish inhabit Horseshoe Lake that are included in the list of 150 California Fishing Passport species. Qualifying species indigenous to the lake included largemouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, common carp, and of course channel catfish.

The California Fishing Passport Program is sponsoring and supporting fishing events like these around the state to help introduce more new people to fishing. Sincere thanks go to Berkley, Bass Pro Shops, Plano and Alpen Optics for their generous support and contributions to the 50 Fishing Starter Kits provided to the novice anglers!

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Diamond Valley Lake Fishing Event

March 29, 2008
Hemet, California

The California Fishing Passport Program kicked off the Passport Legacy Challenge for 2008 at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet on Saturday, March 29th. Nearly 300 anglers attended the event, sponsored by KFROG radio, and awards were given for the heaviest trout weighed each hour. Nearly 50 teams signed up to be part of the Passport Legacy Challenge that morning, and all of the novices in the teams took home a special Fishing Starter Kit donated by our sponsors which were specially customized for this lake event. At the end of the day, Team Moya, comprised of son Gavin and dad Ray Moya each won our special Berkley rod and reel sets. In addition, one of the Passport Legacy Challenge teams who had registered that morning took home a $1,000 prize from KFROG for having one of the heaviest fish of the day. Winning the award was Juan Paz, 17, of Riverside who was fishing for only his second time that day with brother Alex, 27. Humm...could some items from his special Fishing Starter Kit that he'd received that morning been the key to his success?

Thank you to our sponsors Berkley, Plano, Bass Pro Shops, Alpen Optics and others for their support!

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2007 Events

2007 Fall Fishing Challenge

Abu Garcia
September-December, 2007
In this statewide competition, anglers were invited to catch any fish listed in the ocean (green), inland warmwater (yellow) or the inland coldwater (blue) sections of the California Fishing Passport between September and December of 2007.

Anglers chose to compete in the following three separate contests or "slams":

  • Saltwater Slam: Participants submitted a total of five (5) different fish species from the ocean (green) section of the California Fishing Passport.
  • Warmwater Slam: Participants submitted a total of five (5) different species from the inland warmwater (yellow) section of the California Fishing Passport.
  • Coldwater Slam: Participants submitted a total of three (3) different species from the inland coldwater (blue) section of the California Fishing Passport.

With each completed slam, participants became eligible to win great prizes donated by Berkley, Abu Garcia, Stren and Bass Pro Shops.

Fall Challenge Kick Off

September 8-9, 2007
Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Lucy's Pond, courtesy of Wilderness Unlimited, was the site of a weekend of many first time fishing experiences for young anglers inside the Bass Pro Shops store . This 10,000 gallon fishing pond was stocked with rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass and blue gill provided by the DFG, Wilderness Unlimited and Hesperia Lake. United Anglers of Southern California provided photos to all of the lucky anglers for their accomplishments, and DFG staff stamped their new California Fishing Passport books.

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Huntington Beach Pier Event

August 27, 2007
Huntington Beach, CA
This event has been going on for 47 years on the Huntington Beach Pier. Approximately 300 kids attended the event and many were dressed like Huck Finn or Becky Thatcher as part of the tradition. The kids with the best outfits won prizes. Lots of nice fish were caught on this date.

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Family Fishing in Dana Point Aboard the Dana Pride

Monday, August 20, 2007
Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point Harbor
Families were invited for an afternoon of fishing aboard the Dana Pride, a 90 ft. sportfishing boat, off the beautiful Orange County coast.

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High Mountain Trout Fishing in Mammoth Lakes

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Snowcreek Ponds in Mammoth Lakes
The Department of Fish and Game partnered with the Mammoth Lakes Sports Fishing Association for a morning of great fishing for kids under 12 years old to catch local rainbow trout for this very popular local event, known as the Children's Fishing Festival.

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Marin Council of the Boys Scouts of America - Fishing Derby

June 9, 2007
Marin Rod and Gun Club Pier, San Rafael
Open to: All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, their families and friends.
The Department of Fish and Game partnered with the Marin Council of the Boys Scouts of America for a morning of great fishing from the Marin Rod and Reel Club pier in San Rafael. A game warden and biologist were onhand to introduce the scouts to the California Fishing Passport program and helped educate them about ethical fishing practices.

Partyboat trip in Oceanside

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Helgren's Sportfishing, Oceanside
Learn more about this event (includes photo gallery)

Women in the Outdoors Conference

May 4-6, 2007
Tejon Ranch, Bakersfield

13th Annual Fly Fishing Fair

Saturday, May 5, 2007
Western Sport Shop, Santa Rosa

Outdoor Writers Association of California Conference

April 29-May 1, 2007
Bishop, California

Trout Opener

April 27, 2007
Bishop, California

Day at the Docks

Sunday, April 22th, 2007
San Diego Sportfishing Landings in Point Loma

January 11, 2007: Official Passport Program Kick Off!

DFG Director Ryan Broddrick and a special feature group of "Fishing Ambassadors" officially kicked off the California Fishing Passport Program at the International Sportsmens Exposition in San Mateo on Thursday, January 11. The staff at the DFG booth sold licenses, and biologists and game wardens answered fishing and hunting questions. California Fishing Passport books were available for the first time at this show.

2006 Events

2006 Kid's Summer Challenge

2006 Kids Summer Passport Challenge
During the summer of 2006 the Department of Fish and Game hosted three exciting Passport Summer Challenge kick-off events geared just for kids. Click on the links below for more information:

Santa Monica Pier - On June 10, the beautiful Santa Monica Pier was the site of the kickoff California Fishing Passport event, dubbed the "Kid's Summer Challenge." Between 150 and 200 young anglers came out to try their hands at ocean pier fishing from this historic pier. All participants received their first Kid's Summer Challenge passports and other assorted goodies donated by different supporters and sponsors. Read more about this event and view photos.

High Sierra Trout Fishing -High mountains, clear skies, and ponds teeming with hungry trout awaited young anglers on July 29 at the second "Kid's Summer Challenge" in gorgeous Mammoth Lakes in the High Sierras. DFG teamed with the annual Children's Fishing Festival for this event, presenting Kid's Summer Challenge passports to festival participants, along with free fishing poles donated by an anonymous local resident, and loads of other goodies! Read more about this event and view photos.

Partyboat Fishing - On August 21, the broad, comfortable decks of the New Seaforth played host to families ready to try their fishing luck during the final Kid's Summer Challenge event of the summer. DFG teamed with Friends of Rollo-United Anglers and Seaforth Sportfishing to plan this event, and presented Kid's Summer Challenge passports to participants, along with prizes and goodie bags stuffed with loads of great items! Read more about this event and view photos.