California’s first Free Fishing Day of 2019 is on July 6

STATEWIDE—The first of two free fishing days for 2019 is around the corner, as anyone can drop a line into the water anywhere in California on July 6 without a fishing license.

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two free fishing days each year – once around the Fourth of July and the other during Labor Day Weekend.

Fishing licenses for all other days can be obtained on the Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

“All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect,” Department of Fish and Wildlife staff said in a released statement. “Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.”

Regulations can be viewed online at or

The basic annual resident sportfishing license is $49.94; a one-day sportfishing license is $16.20.

The next Free Fishing Day will be Aug. 31.

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