List of Illegal fish in California

This is just the fish species that are prohibited – illegal to import, transport, or possess live specimens w/o a permit. The full list can be found in the California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 671.

(4) Class Agnatha-Jawless Fishes
(A) Family Petromyzontidae-Lampreys
All nonnative species (D).

(5) Class Osteichthyes-Bony Fishes
(A) Family Percichthyidae-Temperate Basses
1. Morone americana (White perch) (D).
2. Morone chrysops (White bass) (D).

(B) Family Clupeidae-Herrings
Dorosoma cepedianum (Gizzard shad) (D).

(C) Family Sciaenidae-Drums
Aplodinotus grunniens(freshwater drum) (D).

(D) Family Characidae-Characins
1. Astyanax fasciatus (Banded tetra) (D).
2. All species of the genera Serrasalmus, Serrasalmo, Pygocentrus, Taddyella, Rooseveltiella, and Pygopristis (Piranhas) (D).
3. Hoplias malabaricus (Tiger fish) (D).

(E) Family Salmonidae-Trouts
Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon)-Restricted in the Smith River watershed (D).

(F) Family Lepisosteidae-Gars
All species (D).

(G) Family Amiidae-Bowfins
All species (D).

(H) Family Poeciliidae-Livebearers
Belonesox belizanus (Pike killifish) (D).

(I) Family Channidae-Snakeheads
All species (D).

(J) Family Cyprinidae-Carps and Minnows
1. Leuciscus idus (ide)(D).
2. Ctenopharyngodon idella (Grass carp) (D), except that permits may be issued to a person, organization or agency for possession of triploid grass carp, under conditions set forth in Section 238.6.
3. Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Silver carp) (D).
4. Aristichthys nobilis (Bighead carp) (D).
5. Hypophthalmichthys harmandi (Largescale Silver carp) (D).
6. Mylopharyngodon piceus (Black carp) (D).

(K) Family Trichomycteridae (Pygidiidae)-Parasitic Catfishes.
All species (D).

(L) Family Cetopsidae-Whalelike Catfishes.
All species (D).

(M) Family Clariidae-Labyrinth Catfishes
All species of the genera Clarias, Dinotopterus, and Heterobranchus (D).

(N) Family Heteropneustidae (Saccobranchidae)-Airsac Catfishes
All species (D).

(O) Family Cichlidae-Cichlids
1. Tilapia sparrmani (Banded Tilapia) (D).
2. Tilapia zillii (Redbelly tilapia) (D), except permits may be issued to a person or agency for importation, transportation, or possession in the counties of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial.
3. Oreochromis aureus (Blue tilapia) (D).
4. Oreochromis niloticus (Nile tilapia) (D).

(P) Family Anguillidae-Freshwater Eels.
All species of genus Anguilla (D).

(Q) Family Esocidae-Pikes all species (D).

(R) Family Percidae-Perches
1. Perca flavescens (Yellow perch) (D).
2. Sander vitreus (Walleye) (D).

(S) Family Catostomidae-Suckers
All members of the genus Ictiobus (Buffalos) (D).

(T) Family Cyprinodontidae-Killifishes
Cyprinodon variegatus (Sheepshead minnow) (D).

(U) Family Latidea-Lates perches
Lates calcarifer (Barramundi also known as Barramundi perch or Silver barramundi) (D), except permits may be issued to a person or organization for importation, transportation, possession, or sales of barramundi under the following conditions:
1. All live importation, possession, transportation and sales must also adhere to the conditions set forth in Section 671.7.
2. Live retail sales for human consumption are allowed for barramundi that range from one to three pounds in weight or 300 mm (11.8 inches) to 500 mm (19.6 inches) in total length.

(6) Class Elasmobranchiomorphi-Cartilaginous Fishes
(A) Family Carcharhinidae-Requiem Sharks
All species of genus Carcharhinus (Freshwater sharks) (D).

(B) Family Potamotrygonidae-River stingrays
All species (D).

(8) Class Crustacea-Crustaceans
(A) All species of Family Cambaridae-Crayfish, etc. (D), except Procambarus clarkii and Orconectes virilis not restricted.
(B) All species of genus Eriocheir (D).