View Full Version : crayfish traps in clear lake?

02-28-2010, 04:48 PM
i was wondering if its legal to use crawfish traps there. i know that its illegal to use traps for "fish", but im not sure if the same applies for crustaceans. here is the excerpt that i found:

2.00. Fishing Methods--General.
(a) All fish may be taken only by angling with
one closely attended rod and line or one hand
line with not more than three hooks nor more
than three artificial lures (each lure may have
three hooks attached) attached thereto. Anglers
in possession of a valid two-rod stamp and
anglers under 6 years of age may use up to
two rods in lakes, reservoirs and the Colorado
River District. See District Trout, Salmon and
Special regulations for exceptions.
(b) Snagging is prohibited. Snagging is defined
as impaling or attempting to impale a fish in
any part of its body other than the mouth by
use of a hook, hooks, gaff, or other mechanical
implement. This definition does not include
activities otherwise authorized under these
regulations for the lawful use of a gaff, bow and
arrow, or spear.
(c) It is unlawful to kill, or retain in possession
any fish which has not voluntarily taken the bait
or artificial lure in its mouth. Any fish not taken
pursuant to these regulations, shall be released
immediately back into the water.

The only exception that allows nets is in Clear lake for hatch:
2.11. Special Fishing Methods-Lake
(a) In Clear Lake and its tributaries, hitch may
be taken by hand or hand-held dip net.
(b) No barriers or weirs may be constructed
to herd fish.
(c) All hitch are to be utilized and not left as
(d) All fish taken by hand or net other than hitch
must be immediately returned live to the water.
No other fish may be possessed along with hitch
as part of a mixed bag.

i just want to catch some to use as live bait or maybe to throw on the campfire ;D

03-03-2010, 08:10 AM
You can use traps for crayfish in Clear Lake . But it will count as a pole so if your fishing at the same time you will need a second pole stamp. They taste great butter & garlic. Or as bait good for Bass & Cats. good luck! :

03-03-2010, 03:47 PM
Go here: http://californiaoutdoors.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/getting-smelly-for-deer-hunting/Fishing While Crayfish Trapping?

To read this:
Question: If I want to fish with my rod and reel on one end of my boat while soaking my crayfish trap (non-commercial) at the same time on the other end, would this be legal or would my trap line count as a second line in the water? I have not been able to get a clear answer and would like to avoid an unnecessary ticket. (Ryan L.)

Answer: Crayfish traps are not considered to be a “second line in the water”. The law restricting the use of multiple lines is limited to angling methods only, and traps are not angling equipment.

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Carrie Wilson is a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. She cannot personally answer everyone’s questions but will select a few to answer in this column each week. Please contact her at CalOutdoors@dfg.ca.gov

03-04-2010, 01:21 AM
That's correct. Crawdad traps are not considered "angling methods" and are not subject to the general fishing regulations. For instances, most bodies of water are open to crawdad fishing year round, even if those waters are closed to fishing for certain periods. As with everything, consult the local regulations for your specific body of water.