Hoopnetting Laws

Since I reside in California here is the California Code for hoopnetting in California. Check your own state laws for additional information.

Section 700(Title 14) License Provisions: Anyone 16 years and older must have a fishing license to take any kind of fish,mollusk,invertebrate,amphibian or crustacean in California, except for persons angling from a public pier.

  • 29.90(a) Open season: From the Saturday preceding the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday after the 15th of March
  • 29.90(b) Limit: Seven
  • 29.90(c) Minimum size: Three and one-fourth 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. Any lobster may be brought to the surface of the water for the purpose of measuring, but no undersize lobster may be brought aboard any boat, placed in any type of receiver, kept on the person or retained in any person’s possession or under his direct control; all lobsters shall be measured immediately upon being brought to the surface of the water, and any undersize lobster shall be released immediately into the water.
  • 29.80(b) Baited hoop nets may be used to take spiny lobsters and all species of crabs. Between Point Arguello, Santa Barbara County, and the United States-Mexico border, not more than five baited hoop nets may be fished by a person to take spiny lobster and crab, not to exceed a total of 10 baited hoop nets fished from any vessel.
  • 29.05(c) Measuring Devices: Every person while taking invertebrates which have a size limit shall carry a device capable of accurately measuring the size of the species taken.

Note: These regulations are for the 2007 lobster season as printed by the California Department of Fish and Game in the 2007 regulations booklet, and may not be current. Regulations in California often change season by season and at times during the season, and it is the responsibility of the angler to know and adhere to the most recent regulations.

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