The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free this Saturday, Sept. 6. This is the second of two Free Fishing Days in 2014, when people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.
All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements and fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead, sturgeon or abalone anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.
CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it is legal to fish without a sport fishing license. This year, the Free Fishing Days were set on the Saturdays following Independence Day (July 5) and Labor Day (Sept. 6).
Some CDFW regions offer Fishing in the City, a program where children can learn to fish in major metropolitan areas. Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish and fishing tackle. Anglers can even learn how to clean and prepare fish for eating.
Anglers should check the rules and regulations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations/ for the waters they plan to fish because wildlife officers will be on duty to enforce them. For more information on Free Fishing Days, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/freefishdays.html.
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife