California’s two “Free Fishing Days” set for July 7 and Sept. 1

Anglers can drop a line into the water without a sportfishing license twice each year.

STATEWIDE — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the first of two free fishing days of 2018 will be scheduled on July 7 – the first Saturday after the Fourth of July.

A second free fishing day is set for September 1, which coincides with Labor Day.

Anglers can drop a line without a sportfishing license on either of the two Free Fishing Days.

“Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try,” Department of Fish and Wildlife staff stated. “While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.”

Appropriate report cards are still required for anglers fishing for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River Systems.

Questions or comments about Free Fishing Days should be directed at the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s License and Revenue Branch; they can be reached at 916-928-5805 or

Photo Credit: Parimal M. Rohit

One thought on “California’s two “Free Fishing Days” set for July 7 and Sept. 1

  • August 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Where in San Bernardino County are we NOT allowed to fish for free on September 1st? One spot in particular in question is pay-to-get-in lakes like Lake Silverwood.


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