MENDOCINO Co., 8/22/19 — The second free fishing day of 2019 is coming up on August 31, so if you’re looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend, you might want to try fishing for a day. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two days of “free fishing” each year, which means that now’s the perfect time to take someone out to learn how to fish. The previous free fishing day was during the 4th of July weekend.
Here’s all the details about August 31:
Aug. 31 is Free Fishing Day in CaliforniaCDFW press release.
Posted: 21 Aug 2019 02:21 PM PDT
Don’t miss the last chance to fish for free this year! Free Fishing Day in California is being offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Saturday, Aug. 31, during Labor Day weekend.
“Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for experienced anglers to share their love of the sport with someone who’s never tried it,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham.
A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California currently 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 one. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, please go to CDFW’s website for information about purchasing a license.
All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect on Free Fishing Day. Every angler must also 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 of all skill levels can get ideas of where to fish by using CDFW’s online Fishing Guide.
Before you head out to your favorite lake or stream, please review the freshwater fishing regulations or ocean fishing regulations online or use CDFW’s mobile web site to view limits and regulations specific to a body of water.