A 2019 Fishing License is required.
A California Sport Fishing license is required of anyone 16 years of age or over, fishing any waters in Mono County (Note: A California or Nevada Fishing License works on Topaz Lake). Purchase your license online now from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife or by calling CA DFW Telephone Sales (800) 565-1458, or in person at most regional tackle shops.
1-Day, 2-Day, 10-Day, and annual options available for both CA residents and non-residents. Pricing and more details at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Fishing.
Free Fishing Days:
Two free fishing days are July 6, 2019 and August 31, 2019. On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license (all other fishing regulations still apply though).
In Season Fishing:
Limit: General limits is 5 per day and never more than 10 in possession. See regulation limits that apply to specific waterways.
Bona fide trout fishing season is the last Saturday in April through November 15 every year. In 2019, Opening Day, aka “Fishmas,” is Saturday, April 27, 2019. This is when most waters in Mono County are open to anglers to fish for as many as 5 trout to catch-and-keep per day (Always check local regulations. Some waters have special restrictions. View regulations here – https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations) or call 760-872-1171. Popular waters where these rules apply include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, the Mammoth Lakes Basin, June Lake Loop waters and the Bridgeport Reservoir. (For a complete list of Mono County Fishing Spots click here). From Nov. 16 through the last Friday in April all waters in Mono County (see exceptions below) are closed to fishing.
– Fishing is permitted one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
– Night fishing is prohibited in all Mono County waters except Topaz Lake, where fishing is prohibited from two hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise.