Recreational spiny lobster season to close March 22

Report cards are due April 30.

STATEWIDE — California’s recreational spiny lobster hunters are reminded the 2016-17 season comes to an end March 22. Spiny lobster report cards, which can be purchased from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife for $9.46, are due April 30.

The recreational spiny lobster season will be on hiatus until Sept. 30. No one can catch spiny lobster between March 23 and Sept. 29. The current recreational bag limit is seven lobsters per day.

“The minimum size limit for California spiny lobster is three and one-fourth inches, measured in a straight line on the midline of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell,” according to California law.

A complete list of requirements for the recreational spiny lobster fishery is available online.

Questions about the fishery can be directed to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife via email ( or phone (831-649-2870).

(California Department of Fish and Wildlife photo)

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