CALIFORNIA — Mark your calendars for the first of two 2019 Free Fishing Days in California, when anyone can try their hand at angling – no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, you can purchase a license online through CDFW’s website.
“Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for seasoned anglers to introduce friends and neighbors to their love of the sport,” says California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham.
Currently, when you do purchase a basic annual resident sport fishing license in California it costs $49.94, while a one-day sport fishing license costs $16.20.
CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without either an annual or one-day license. This year, the first of the fwo Free Fishing Days falls on Saturday, July 6.
The second will be on Saturday, Aug. 31.
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 steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.
Anglers can review the sport fishing regulations online or use CDFW’s mobile web site to view freshwater limits and regulations specific to a body of water.