Our mission is to protect & preserve freshwater recreational fishing in the State of California for anglers like you.

From left to right: CARF’s Craig Elliott and Ken Beer, PLF’s Damien Schiff

The California Association for Recreational Fishing (CARF) is a grass-roots organization of fresh water recreational fishermen and businesses that support a $4.9 billion industry in California, creating jobs and recreational opportunities for millions of Californians.

CARF is dedicated to protecting fresh water fishing, as well as the private fish hatcheries and lake operators that stock and manage thousands of California lakes and ponds; all of which are threatened by regulations that make fishing too costly for many California families. Recently, independent analysis concluded that the Department of Fish and Game’s fish stocking regulations could cost some lake operators more than $100,000 per year, and collectively cost lake and pond owners over $3 billion in regulatory costs every five years. As lake operators and fish hatcheries go out of business, access to fresh water fishing will decline and jobs will be lost.

In 2011, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) joined with CARF to help continue the mission of protecting & preserving freshwater recreational fishing in the State of California.

Our Goals
  • To promote recreational fishing as a beneficial use of California’s aquatic resources that provides recreation and food while developing public awareness and appreciation of our aquatic natural resources.
  • To encourage balanced management of fisheries that recognizes the value of hatchery stocking in certain waters to ensure appropriate fishing pressure and success in all waters of the state.
  • To ensure that public and private stocking of waters provide a variety of fishing experiences and help minimize adverse effects on wild fishery stocks.
  • To recognize the value of established game fish species that have contributed to the diversity of the state’s aquatic resources and provide most of the warm water fishing opportunities.
  • To enhance the opportunities and diversity of fishing experiences within California.
  • To assist and encourage people and companies involved in recreational fishing, including fish hatcheries and farms, fishing equipment and supply companies, fishing lakes, resorts, and other ancillary industries involved in sport fishing, and provide for the interchange of ideas and innovation and encourage ethical conduct for said industries and the general fishing public.
  • To encourage and assist individuals and public entities in the development of waters suitable for fishing.
  • To promote legislation and regulations that preserve and improve fishing opportunities within California.