The Russian River is a Barbless-Hook river open to fishing year-round. No bait is allowed April 1st through November 2nd. In order to protect native fish, all tributaries are closed to fishing as they are spawning streams.

Please check the latest Fish and Game Regulations: California Fish and Game Regulations

Russian River Fish Cycle

Fall and Winter - Steelhead
Spring - Catfish
Spring and Summer - Large Mouth Bass, Bluegill, Catfish

If you didn't come equipped, you can rent a rod and reel.

If you brought your own boat, you'll need to know the River's put-in spots.

Stop by King's Sports in Guerneville for a free fishing map, and great advice.

Coastal Fish Seasons

You'll find Albacore Tuna, Dungeness Crab, Halibut, Ling Cod, Rock Cod and Salmon in the Coastal ocean waters.

Commercial Dungeness Crab: Nov. 15 - June 30

Commercial Salmon: July 1 - September 30

Recreation Rockfish: July 1 - December 31

Recreation Cabezon: July 1 - December 31

Recreation Lingcod: July 1 - November 30

Recreation Salmon: April 2 - November 30

Recreation Sturgeon: Open all year

Recreation Albacore: August 1 - November 30

sport fishing

Bodega Bay Sportfishing - 1445 Hwy. 1 - (707) 875-3495 -

Or try the privately-stocked Hagemann Ranch Trout Farm in Bodega Bay.

Don't miss the Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival every February.