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Lake Cuyamaca

Recreation and Park District

Fishing Fees and Catch Limits

Everyone 16 and older needs a California State Fishing License

as well as a Lake Cuyamaca Fishing Permit to fish on Lake Cuyamaca.

8 to 15 year olds only need a Lake Fishing Permit. 7 and under fish for free under a licensed adult. 

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.


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, veterans, 1st responders: $5 


California State Fishing Licenses

One day license: $20.26

Two day license: $31.06

365 day license: $61.82

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"

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