Lake Cuyamaca

Recreation and Park District

Fishing Fees and Catch Limits

Lake Cuyamaca Daily Fishing Permits

Adult (16 to 64): $10

Youth (8 to 15): $5

Child 7 and under: Free with paying adult

Senior, disabled, military: $5

With a valid Lake Cuyamaca fishing permit and a CA State Fishing License, fishing is allowed from an hour before sunrise until an hour after sunset.


Everyone 16 and older needs a California State Fishing License

to fish on Lake Cuyamaca. 

One day license: $17.54

Two day license: $27.00

Annual license: $54.00

California State Fishing Licenses can be purchased at our tackle shop, or you can save time by purchasing your license on line. Click on the image below to visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website. 

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Catch Limits

Trout: limit 5, no catch and release, MUST KEEP

Channel Catfish: limit 5, release or keep

Crappie: limit 25, release or keep

Bluegill: limit 25, release or keep

Largemouth Bass: limit 5, release or keep

Smallmouth Bass: MUST RELEASE

Bullhead Catfish: no limit, release or keep

Sturgeon: limit 1, must release if under 40" or over 60"