The 2018-19 lobster season opened at 6:00 AM on September 29, 2018 and ends on March 20, 2019. Report Cards must be returned by April 30, 2019.
Our beaches are popular for lobster fishing but can be hazardous for divers and boaters.
Divers should know their limitations. Lobster diving can be strenuous; divers should have a competent buddy with them and should review emergency procedures.
Boaters need to be aware of the increased diver population when moving through or near fishing areas. There should always be a lookout on the boat helping the operator avoid divers and other boats at night, and navigation lights always need to be on. People using hoop nets should not set them in areas that might obstruct vessel navigation. Lobsters may be taken only by hand or hoop nets.
Fishing for lobsters requires you to have a valid California fishing license with Ocean Enhancement, a spiny lobster report card and must carry a measuring gauge to ensure their lobsters are of legal size. Daily limits are seven lobsters per person, and each lobster carapace must be a minimum of 3.25 inches measured in a straight line on the mid-line of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell. Divers must measure lobsters while in the water. Hoop netter fishermen can measure the lobsters on the boat and return undersized immediately.
For more information, refer to the 2018-2019 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Regulations/Sport-Fishing or wherever licenses are sold.