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2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30, 2014

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to return their cards by April 30, 2014 as required by law. Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that the information recorded is complete and accurate. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery.

One orange spiny lobster on a sand and rock seabed
California’s spiny lobster. CDFW photo

Please Note: Any 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card holder who fails to return their card by April 30, 2014 will be charged a non-return fee of $20 upon issuance of a Spiny Lobster Report Card in the subsequent fishing season, or they may choose to skip one fishing season to be able to purchase a lobster card the following season at no extra cost.

Past lobster report card return rates have been too low to accurately estimate catch for the fishery but the Automated License Data System (ALDS) has greatly increased CDFW’s ability to remind card purchasers of the need to return report cards. ALDS was used to mail reminder notices to all cardholders last year to return their report cards through the mail or submit their harvest data online. If you receive a reminder notice but have already submitted your card or reported online, CDFW thanks you!

The cards need to be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/harvestreporting. Report cards also can be submitted by mail to:

CDFW – Lobster Report Card
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123

Additional information and a list of frequently asked questions about this program can be found on CDFW’s Ocean Sport Fishing webpage, w


Media Contacts:
Kai Lampson, CDFW Marine Region, (805) 965-7216
Travis Buck, CDFW Marine Region, (858) 467-4214
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191

Anglers and Divers Can Now Report Harvest Results Online

Anglers and divers can now go online to more easily submit their abalone, lobster, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon report cards required by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). These report cards provide important harvest data critical to helping fishery scientists better manage these fishing programs.

Reporting requirements for anglers and divers have not changed, but this online submission option makes the reporting faster and easier. By providing harvest details more quickly, fisheries managers can more promptly put the information to use.

Standard mail reporting is still available and can be done through the address printed on the report card.

To report online, just go to CDFW’s Online License Service (www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/) page and search for your profile by entering your last name, date of birth and ID Number, which can be a driver’s license number, a GO ID or other form of identification. When the system finds an exact match, it automatically logs the user on to their profile, where he or she can purchase a license or complete a harvest report card.

Confirmation numbers will be provided to those who report online, so there will be no need to mail in the report card. Write the number on the report card and retain it for 90 days for survey purposes. Once a report card has been reported, it is no longer valid.

Please note: The law requires sport fishing report cards be submitted by January 31 even if divers and angers were unsuccessful or did not fish at all. Please refer to your report card for specific reporting requirements. For additional information on harvest reporting requirements, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/harvestreporting/.

Details on specific species and reporting availability online are listed below.

Requirements for online reporting
Complete data is required and must be completed within 20 minutes to avoid a system time out.

Sport fishing report cards may be reported online only after the last day of the report card’s validity. All entries on the report card must be entered onto the electronic form, including activity where no catches were made.

Reporting Availability – You may submit your information online for items below beginning on the specified date. Only the data from 2012 report cards and beyond may be submitted online.

Dec. 1, 2012
Abalone Report Card

Jan. 1, 2013
North Coast Salmon Report Card
Spiny Lobster Report Card
Steelhead Report Card
Sturgeon Fishing Report Card

Fishing harvest and effort data is essential to help scientists better manage these fisheries, which is why anglers are required by regulation to submit sport fishing report cards in a timely manner.

Glenn Underwood, License Program Analyst, (916) 928-6882
Carrie Wilson, Environmental Scientist, (831) 649-7191

DFG Online Licensing Increases Big Game Draw Applications

Media Contacts:
Joe Hobbs, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-9992
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) licensing automation made it easier for big game hunters to apply for prized tags this year. The new Automated License Data System (ALDS) is credited for a surge in the number of applicants for the highly anticipated Big Game Draw. Total applications were up 10 percent on average for antelope, deer and sheep, with elk applications up 13 percent over last year.

Only a limited number of tags are issued annually for each species. In previous years, hunters had to drop off their applications at DFG offices, sometimes having to brave long lines of last-minute applicants. This year, walk-in traffic was light as most hunters purchased their applications on the Internet or at a license agent.

New this year was the opportunity for hunters to purchase as many chances as they liked (at $5.40 each) to win a rare Owens Valley elk tag and an open zone deer tag.

The Owens Valley elk tag raised $60,120 and the open zone deer tag raised $77,585. The money raised by these tags goes into the newly implemented Big Game Management Account (BGMA).

Senate Bill 1058 (Harman) made specific and important changes to existing law regarding revenues from the sale of antelope, elk, deer, wild pig, bear and sheep tags, including any fund-raising tags. Revenue from these sales must be deposited into the BGMA to provide separate accountability for the receipt and expenditure of these funds. The law stipulates the permitted uses for these funds, including acquiring land, completing projects, implementing programs to benefit antelope, elk, deer, wild pigs, bear and sheep, and expanding public hunting opportunities and related public outreach.

 Typically these two tags would be auctioned off by nonprofit organizations, which generate approximately $25,000.

 Applications for the 2011 Big Game Draw closed June 2, 2011.

Check Station Operations to Change for 2011-2012 Waterfowl Hunting Season

Media Contacts:
Glenn Underwood, DFG License and Revenue Branch, (916) 928-5841
Brad Burkholder, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-1829
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) advises hunters to plan ahead during the upcoming 2011-2012 waterfowl season inCalifornia. Check stations at Type A Wildlife Areas will no longer sell passes or any license items on-site. Hunters will need to make all such purchases in advance.

One-day passes, which were formerly available only at waterfowl check stations, as well as two-day and season passes and stamps, must be purchased from DFG license agents or license sales offices through DFG’s new Automated License Data System (ALDS) prior to the shoot day. Daily hunting permits will not be issued at Type A Wildlife Areas without proof of a pre-paid one-day, two-day or season pass for the 2011-2012 waterfowl check station. Type B Wildlife Areas will still require proof of a season pass for issuance of a daily hunting permit.

Through ALDS, licenses, stamps, permits and passes are printed instantly at DFG license sales offices and approximately 1,500 license agent locations. The first time a customer purchases a license via ALDS their customer information and hunter education certification is stored in the ALDS database, making future transactions quicker and easier.   

Hunters and anglers may now conveniently purchase most license items online at www.dfg.ca.gov/OnlineSales.

 To purchase a hunting license online, proof of completion of a hunter education course must be on file with DFG. If proof of hunter education is not on file, the purchaser must present proof in person at a license agent or DFG license sales office prior to purchasing a hunting license.

The 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting season will open in October. To find a license agent near you, to purchase items online, or for more information on ALDS, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing. For more information on licenses, stamps, reservations and passes for waterfowl hunting, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/waterfowl/.

Hunting Licenses, Big Game Drawing Applications Now Available

Media Contacts: 
Maria Melchiorre, DFG License and Revenue Branch, (916) 928-6881
Dan Yparraguirre, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3685
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Hunters can now purchase 2011 hunting licenses and apply for the Big Game Drawing online, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced. DFG’s new Automated License Data System (ALDS) means that the application process for both will be simplified and streamlined.

“ALDS offers tremendous improvements that hunters have been anticipating for many years,” said DFG License and Revenue Branch Chief James Fong. “Hunting licenses are available from more locations than ever before and for those applying for the annual Big Game Drawing, there is no longer a need to fill out multiple forms and manually mail them to a single DFG office.”

Customers applying for a license for the first time via ALDS may initially experience a slow license sales transaction. In subsequent years, the process will be faster, as the customer’s information will be retained in the system. Under ALDS, purchasers of a hunting or fishing license are issued a “Get Outdoors” identification number (GO ID) that is printed on all license documents. The GO ID is used to retrieve a customer’s information each time they purchase a license or apply for drawings in the future.  

In addition to purchasing a license, hunters can now apply for the Big Game Drawing at any DFG license sales office, license agent or online. When the transaction is complete, the customer will receive a receipt to show their hunt choices have been entered in the drawing.

 To qualify for the Big Game Drawing, an application must be submitted and the sales transaction completed before midnight on June 2, 2011. All premium deer hunt tags, and elk, antelope and bighorn sheep tags are awarded through the DFG Big Game Drawing. Mail-in applications are no longer accepted.

 The implementation of ALDS also means:

  • Hunters can obtain deer and bear tags at the time of purchase from a local license agent.
  • Hunters who purchase licenses and big game tags online will receive them in the mail within 15 days.
  • State Duck and Upland Game Bird stamps are validations in ALDS and printed on the hunting license. Hunters must have the validation in their possession while engaged in this activity. DFG will continue to print and offer the physical stamp which can be mailed, upon request online, to the purchasers after July 1 each year.
  • Customers must provide legal identification and a telephone number when they make their first purchase through ALDS. Customers can still purchase licenses for other people if they provide the other person’s hunting license from the previous year and driver license number. 
  • DFG will no longer accept a Hunting License Declaration as evidence of meeting a hunter education requirement. Hunters must have a prior year’s California hunting license or a hunter education certificate to purchase a new hunting license. 

To find a license agent near you, to purchase items online or for more information on ALDS, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing. To learn more about the Big Game Drawing application process, please view the 2011 California Hunting Digest (2011 Big Game) at www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/.

Additional Drawing Opportunities 

Two new fundraising random drawings, for a deer tag and an elk tag, will also be held this year. The drawings are open to anyone 12 years of age or older, for $5.40 per chance, per tag. Applicants do not need a valid hunting license to apply, and may apply for the drawings as many times as they wish.

Proceeds from all fundraising tags are deposited into the newly established Big Game Management Account, which is used to benefit antelope, elk, deer, wild pigs, bear and sheep populations. An advisory committee reviews and provides comments to DFG on all proposed projects funded from the account. Recent activities funded by revenue from the fundraising tags have included helicopter surveys, other deer and bighorn sheep studies, and improving both hunting access and water source improvements for sheep and deer.

DFG Reports Successful and Safe Trout Opener

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Contact: Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

DFG Reports Successful and Safe Trout Opener

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) held another successful opening of the general trout season in the eastern Sierra last weekend. Department and local officials said that although the overall number of fishing enthusiasts was down from last year, the quality of the fish caught was outstanding.

Because of the introduction this year of the Automated License Data System, DFG’s new computer database that facilitates license and tag sales, DFG made an extra effort to help anglers by setting up a license sales branch in the Bishop Chamber of Commerce for the opening weekend. More than 365 licenses, tags, enhancements and drawings were sold onsite, generating more than $12,000 in sales.

“Having DFG here in the chamber was a huge benefit for the town of Bishop and the anglers,” said Chamber Director Tawni Thompson. “We had nothing but positive comments from the public and community leaders about DFG.”

An estimated 5,000 anglers came to cast a line in local waters this weekend. Game wardens were out in force with 19 officers patrolling the lakes and streams from Bridgeport to Big Pine. The most serious resource crime discovered was an overlimit violation, as wardens observed a group of fishermen catching their limit of five in the lakes about Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and then returning later in the day returning to the same lake and catching additional fish. The wardens detained the group as they left the fishing area and the investigation found that the group had 58 fish in their possession, well over the limit of five per day per person and the 10 each is allowed to possess. The case is still under investigation and will be forwarded to the Mono County District Attorney for prosecution.

Wardens also wrote more than two dozen citations for various violations including fishing in a closed area, not having a valid license or an additional pole validation, and even littering. One citation was also issued for illegally hunting a non-game bird (a seagull) with a slingshot.

Officials report no serious injuries or accidents over the weekend.

The opening of trout season is historically one of the largest fishing weekends of the year in California with thousands of anglers from across the western United States converging on the area for the good fishing and beautiful scenery of the eastern Sierra region.


DFG Makes Fishing Licenses Easy to Purchase for Anglers at Bishop Trout Opener

Media Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944
Richard Reyes, DFG License Branch, (916) 928-6899

DFG Makes Fishing Licenses Easy to Purchase for Anglers at Bishop Trout Opener

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is taking steps to ensure that the 2011 trout fishing opener runs smoothly for anglers in the eastern Sierras. DFG is sending personnel and equipment to Bishop beginning Thursday, April 27, to assist local officials and businesses in making sure that anglers are properly licensed prior to the always popular opening day, which falls this year on April 30.

DFG personnel from the Southern California Regional office and the Licensing and Communications branches in Sacramento will be onsite with mobile licensing terminals featuring the newly launched Automated License Data System (ALDS).

ALDS is an online license service that provides new features and capabilities to make licenses more accessible, enhances DFG’s law enforcement and resource management capabilities and ultimately improves customer service.

“We are encouraging everyone who plans to fish the opener to go the DFG website and get their 2011 California fishing license before they head into the Sierras,” said DFG Director John McCamman. “For those who can’t make the purchase online, we will be in Bishop for opening weekend. But to avoid lines and get out ahead of the crowd, early purchase is your best bet.”

There are four ways to purchase a 2011 California Fishing License for the Trout Opener.

  • Go online to http://dfg.ca.gov/licensing
  • Go to one of the authorized license agents around the state
  • Visit a DFG License Sales Office
  • Visit the Bishop Chamber of Commerce

DFG personnel will be selling 2011 fishing licenses at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce office located at 690 North Main Street in Bishop on Thursday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 6 a.m. to noon.  The Chamber can be reached at (760) 873-8405.

“We are thrilled that Fish and Game is bringing people and resources to Bishop,” said Tawni Thompson, Executive Director of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce. “It will be great to have DFG license experts here to answer questions about fishing and licensing from locals and visitors.”

Licenses are also available for purchase now at the following locations in Inyo and Mono counties:

  • Bishop Creek Lodge, 2100 South Lake Road, Bishop
  • Cardinal Village Resort, 321 Cardinal Road, Bishop
  • Carroll’s Market, 136 South Main St., Big Pine
  • Gardner’s Home & Sport Center, 104 South Main St., Lone Pine
  • Hi Country Market, 101 North Main St., Big Pine
  • High Sierra Outfitters, 130 South Main St., Lone Pine
  • Independence Shell & Mini Market, 350 South Edward St., Independence
  • Kmart, 1200 North Main St., Bishop
  • Lone Pine Sporting Goods, 220 South Main St., Lone Pine
  • Manor Market, 3100 West Line St., Bishop
  • Parcher’s Resort, 5001 South Lake Road, Bishop
  • Valley Market, 130 South Edwards St., Independence
  • Value Sport, 1331 Rocking W Drive, Bishop
  • Annett’s Mono Village, 13425 Twin Lakes Road, Bridgeport
  • Bell’s Sporting Goods, 51328 East Side Highway 395, Lee Vining
  • Convict Lake Resort Inc., 2000 Convict Lake Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • Crowley Lake Fish Camp, 1149 South Landing Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • Ernie’s Tackle & Ski Shop, 2604 Highway 158, June Lake
  • Gull Lake Marina, 47 West Granite St., June Lake
  • June Lake Marina, end of Brenner Street, June Lake
  • Ken’s Sporting Goods, 258 Main St., Bridgeport
  • Kittredge Sports, 3218 Main St., Mammoth Lakes
  • Mammoth Sporting Goods, 1 Sierra Center Mall, Mammoth Lakes
  • Adventure Center, 2 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • McCoy Sports, 80 Canyon Blvd., Mammoth Lakes
  • Rick’s Sport Center, 3241 Main St., Mammoth Lakes
  • Silver Lake Resort, 6957 Highway 158, June Lake
  • Troutfitter/Trout Fly, Highway 203 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • Walker Country Store, 107700 Highway 395, Coleville
  • Walker General Inc., 106651 Highway 395, Coleville

Three traditional locations in the Bishop area — Culver’s Sporting Goods, Mac’s Sporting Goods and Brock’s Flyfishing Specialists — will not be selling licenses in 2011. There will also not be a license retailer at the shore of Lake Crowley.

A resident sport fishing license is required for California residents 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptiles in inland or ocean waters. Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.

Licenses are valid from the date of purchase until Dec. 31, 2011.

For specific license fees and descriptions see http://dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/fishdescrip.html.

Abalone Season Opens April 1; New Report Cards Available through Automated License Data System

Media Contact:
Jerry Kashiwada, DFG Marine Region, (707) 964-5791
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

California’s popular red abalone season will open April 1 in waters north of San Francisco Bay. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds divers and rock pickers that anyone taking abalone must record their catch on an abalone report card, and tag the animal with corresponding tags from the cards.

This year, all licenses and cards will be available through the new Automated License Data System (ALDS), which automatically records purchases in an active database.
“Abalone report cards are a vital source of information needed to manage this resource, and the ALDS will allow us to track whether individuals have returned their report cards as required by law,” said DFG Associate Marine Biologist Jerry Kashiwada. “In the past, we could not easily determine who had not returned their cards.”

Abalone report cards should be returned to the DFG Fort Bragg office at 32330 North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554. This season’s return deadline is January 31, 2012, although cards may be submitted early. Abalone report cards must be returned even if no abalone is taken.

Because of the nature of the paper used for the ALDS abalone report card and tags, scissors are needed to separate the tags from the card just prior to attaching them to an abalone. In the past, scissors were not needed to separate the pre-perforated tags.
Tags that are separated from the cards ahead of time are invalid. Holes may be punched in the tags immediately after purchase, however. Other slight modifications to the tagging procedure, such as using scissors to cut off tags, may be needed with the ALDS report cards.

The Fish and Game Commission is currently considering proposals for marine protected areas (MPAs) along the north coast, from Point Arena in Mendocino County to the Oregon border. The north coast MPA process will not affect the 2011 abalone season. To find out more about the MPAs currently under consideration, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/northcoast.asp.

Currently, the only open abalone fishery in California is in the northern region of the state. This fishery is biologically sustainable and has remained productive for nearly 60 years. In 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, the recreational catch in northern California was an estimated 295,000 abalone.

Everyone engaging in the take of abalone is responsible for knowing and abiding by all California abalone sport fishing regulations. A complete list of abalone fishing regulations is also available in the 2011 Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet, available wherever fishing licenses are sold, at DFG offices and online at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

Fishing for Holiday Ideas? Buy a 2011 License for Your Favorite Angler

Media Contacts:
Richard Reyes, DFG License and Revenue Branch, (916) 928-6899
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Public contact:
Glenn Underwood (916) 928-5841

If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the angler in your life, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has a suggestion. Beginning Jan. 1, anglers 16 years of age and older will need a new annual sport fishing license to take or pursue any fish, shellfish, reptile or amphibian in California (including catch-and-release fishing) in 2011. And this holiday season, DFG’s new real-time Automated License Data System (ALDS) is streamlining the process and making it easier than ever to give a gift that will bring joy year-round.

Especially developed for DFG, ALDS provides customers with immediate access to DFG’s license inventory, which in most cases eliminates the need to visit a DFG office or to wait for your license to arrive in the mail. The new system is now in place at DFG license sales offices and at select license agent locations (for a list of these locations, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/pdffiles/ActiveLicenseAgents.pdf). ALDS will be implemented at other locations statedwide by early January 2011.

To buy a license for yourself or someone else, you must be able to provide all required information, including date of birth, address, phone number and physical description. If you want to buy a license for someone else but don’t have all of their required information, you can also purchase a gift license voucher at a point-of-sale site and the recipient can exchange it for an annual 2011 sport fishing license. Vouchers are available from any ALDS agent.

The 2011 sport fishing licenses can also be purchased online at www.dfg.ca.gov/OnlineSales. At this time, vouchers are not available for online purchase.

A California sport fishing license offers a full year of more fishing opportunities than any other state in the country. California has 1,100 miles of ocean coastline, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 29,664 miles of streams and rivers, and 1,800 miles of bay and Delta waters. A sport fishing license is an angler’s passport to these amazing opportunities.

In addition to native fresh and saltwater fish, the DFG trout hatcheries will plant roughly 7 million rainbow trout in 2011 and salmon hatcheries annually release more than 20 million young salmon. Those are millions of reasons to give the angler on your holiday gift list a 2011 California Sport Fishing License.

Anglers 16 years or older are required to have a valid sport fishing license to take any kind of fish, mollusk, invertebrate or reptile (except for rattlesnakes).

Along with a sport fishing license, the DFG California Fishing Passport Program challenges anglers to fish their way around the state in search of 150 different fish and shellfish species. And like a traveler’s passport book, for each successful catch, participants will receive special stamps in their books to mark their accomplishments.

For more information about the Passport Program, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fishingpassport. To learn more about ALDS, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing.