Fishing

General Regulations


Licenses
Anyone 16 years and older must have a valid California fishing license in their immediate possession while fishing. Only fish and crustaceans (crayfish or crawdads) may be taken from the park. All reptiles (lizards, snakes, etc.) and amphibians (frogs, salamanders, etc.) are protected.

Method of Take
Fish may be taken by hook and line only. The line must be closely attended. Not more than 3 hooks and no more than 3 artificial lures (each may have 3 hooks attached) may be attached to one line.

Multiple hooks with a shank longer than 2-inches or with a distance between its points of more than 1 1/4-inches may not be used. A multiple hook may not be attached closer than 18-inches to any weight over 1/2-ounce.

Crayfish may be taken by hand, hook and line, dip net or trap (not over 3-feet in greatest dimension) only.

Species Regulations (Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma)

Species

Season

Size

Bag Limit

Bass all year 12-inch minimum 5
Trout
(includes Kokanee Salmon)
all year no minimum 5
Catfish all year no minimum no limit
Bullhead all year no minimum no limit
Sunfish (Crappies, Bluegill) all year no minimum no limit
Crayfish all year no minimum no limit

Special Regulations (Nimbus Shoals)

On the American River from Nimbus Dam to the Hazel Avenue Bridge, fishing is allowed during daylight hours only (1-hour before sunrise to 1-hour after sunset).

October 1st through March 31

No multiple hook with a distance greater than 1/4-inch from the hook point to the shank, or any single hook larger than 1/2-inch from hook point to shank may be used. The weight must not be attached directly or indirectly, closer than 18-inches to the hook.

Species

Season

Size

Bag Limit

Salmon all year no minimum 2
Trout all year 12-inch minimum 1