Fishing report cards due for abalone, north coast salmon and other catches

Southern California anglers and divers who traveled north to fish for steelhead, sturgeon, abalone and north coast salmon must turn in their report cards to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) by Jan. 31.

The report cards submissions are mandatory under state law. A report card must be submitted regardless of whether any fish were actually caught.

Data collected from the report cards are used, according to DFW staff, to provide state biologists with information to help California monitor and manage its recreational fisheries. Recommendations for sportfishing seasons and catch limits are based upon data obtained from submitted report cards.

“This science-based management helps to ensure healthy populations of fish for future generations,” DFW staff stated.

License sales agents will not accept report card submissions. Information about report cards can be found at

Lobster cards are not due until April 30.

Report cards can be submitted online at (no fee) or by mail at any of the following addresses:

North Coast Salmon Report Cards

CDFW – Klamath River Project

5341 Ericson Way, Arcata, California 95521-9269


Abalone Report Cards

CDFW – Abalone Report Card

32330 N. Harbor Drive

Fort Bragg, California 95437-5554


Steelhead Report Cards

CDFW – Steelhead Report Card

P.O. Box 944209

Sacramento, California 94244-2090


Sturgeon Report Cards

CDFW – Sturgeon Report Card

P.O. Box 944209

Sacramento, California 94244-2090

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