California Department of Fish & Wildlife
STATE – Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What’s that? You say you never learned to fish?
If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) offers two Free Fishing Days each year and on these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try.
The second Free Fishing Day this year is Saturday, September 5.
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, and the next one is right around the corner.
On Free Fishing Days, every angler must have the appropriate report card if they are fishing for (if applicable):
- spiny lobster
- or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River Systems.