Stop the Fishing Tackle Ban! No on AB 2787.

Anglers Score Legislative Victory, Threat Remains

Assembly Member Bill Quirk (Hayward) introduced Assembly Bill 2787, legislation that would ban lead fishing weights (1 3/4 ounces or less) that can be found in most every California angler’s tackle box. Making fishing too costly and less accessible will have a devastating impact on the state’s tourism industry and communities dependent on outdoor recreation for tax revenue and jobs.

On April 24th, AB 2787, passed out (6-1) of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, but not before being amended from an outright ban of fishing weights/sinkers 50 grams or less, to a bill that will “study” the potential impacts of lead on California wildlife.

On May 25th, AB 2787 passed out of Assembly Appropriations to the Assembly Floor. The bill now directs the DFW, by March 1, 2020, to conduct a “review of existing research and data on the impacts of lead fishing tackle” on “at minimum, the environment, including wildlife, rivers, lakes and streams and potential drinking water sources.” The DFW cannot contract the study out. 

While CSL appreciates the author’s willingness to amend the bill and work with the angling community, the bill has not yet earned our support. There are no specifics about the size of the lead weights in the amended study bill and that could lead to a ban of anything “toxic” in our rivers, lakes, and streams.

Anglers can claim a big victory here, but there is no question that we need to continue to communicate to legislators the importance of protecting recreational fishing’s future. Proponents of banning lead fishing tackle will not give up, even if there is no science to justify it.


Pictured: Over 5,500 anglers signed the “Stop the Fishing Tackle Petition!


AB 2787 passed out of Assembly and is now at the Senate Desk awaiting assignment.

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You have a Voice in the Political Process – Be Heard!

1)  Click Here to Join the Petition Online

         (Click Here to Download the Petition)

2) Contact Your State Assembly Member and State Senator

3) Click Here to Donate: Your support is greatly appreciated

4) Send an opposition letter to the Assembly Appropriations Committee-Today!

Send Letters here:
The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriation
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Talking Points:

  •  The study should be based on wildlife populations for proper evaluation of lead fishing tackle impacts.

  • The process should be public. There should be public hearings where stakeholders are allowed to help shape the study.
  • There are no specifics about the size of the lead weights in the amended study bill.

To track status of bill, or see list of bill opponents, click here.

Opposition Coalition: American Sportfishing Association,  California Association of Harbor Masters and Port CaptainsCalifornia Association for Recreational Fishing, California Aquaculture AssociationCalifornia Chamber of CommerceCalifornia Parks CompanyCalifornia Parks Hospitality Association, California Sportfishing LeagueCalifornia Yacht MarinasCalifornia Yacht Brokers Association,  Coastal Conservation AssociationCoastside Fishing Club Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Coyote Bait and TackleDana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale WatchingDouglas ElliotLos Angeles Rod and Reel ClubMarina Recreation AssociationNational Federation of Independent Business,  National Marine Manufacturers AssociationNor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s AssociationOceanside Senior Anglers, Inc.Paradise Bass ClubSafe Harbor MarinasSan Diego County Wildlife FederationUnited Pier and Shore Anglers of CaliforniaVisit Mammoth LakesWestern Boaters Safety Group,

Remember, if you don’t take action, AB 2787 will make it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk and become law!