California hosts Free Fishing Day on Sept. 5

Parimal M. Rohit
STATEWIDE — Novice and experienced anglers in California can drop a line in any of the state’s waterways for free on Saturday, Sept. 5 to celebrate the unofficial end of this year’s summer fishing season.

California’s second (and final) Free Fishing Day of 2015 will allow anyone interested in sportfishing to do so without a license. Free Fishing Days are sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and promotes sportfishing to licensed anglers, rookies and children. 

“Free Fishing Days are … a great opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors [and] … provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try,” a DFW statement read. “All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.”

The only other Free Fishing Day of 2015 was held on July 4; DFW hosts Free Fishing Days annually, generally on Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

Fishing without a license on Sept. 5 might be permissible, but the rules and regulations of each waterway remain in effect all day Saturday.

“Anglers should check the rules and regulations for the waters they plan to fish because wildlife officers will be on duty to enforce them,” DFW staff stated.

More information about Free Fishing Days can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.

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