Free Fishing Day Of­fered

Riverbank News - - SPORTS -

The Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is en­cour­ag­ing all Cal­i­for­ni­ans to give fishing a try for free on Satur­day, Sept. 1.

CDFW an­nu­ally of­fers two Free Fishing Days, typ­i­cally around the Fourth of July and La­bor Day week­ends (the first in 2018 was held July 7). On th­ese two des­ig­nated days, peo­ple can fish with­out hav­ing to buy a sport fishing li­cense. Free Fishing Days also pro­vide an easy op­por­tu­nity for li­censed an­glers to in­tro­duce non-an­gling friends and chil­dren to fishing and the out­doors.

All fishing reg­u­la­tions, such as bag and size lim­its, gear re­stric­tions, re­port card re­quire­ments and fishing hours and stream clo­sures, re­main in ef­fect. Every an­gler must have an ap­pro­pri­ate re­port card if they are fishing for steel­head, stur­geon or spiny lob­ster any­where in the state, or for salmon in the Smith and Kla­math-Trin­ity river sys­tems.

An­glers re­sid­ing in ur­ban ar­eas also have op­por­tu­ni­ties to fish close to home. Some CDFW re­gions also of­fer Fishing in the City, a pro­gram that al­lows chil­dren to learn to fish in ma­jor metropoli­tan ar­eas. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Fishing in the City pro­gram, visit www.wildlife. ca.gov/fishing-in-the-city.

All an­glers should also check the rules and reg­u­la­tions at www.wildlife. ca.gov/reg­u­la­tions for the wa­ters they plan to fish be­cause wildlife of­fi­cers will be on duty to en­force them. In ad­di­tion, in­for­ma­tion on fish plant­ing is avail­able at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/ fish­plants and a fishing guide can be viewed at www. wildlife. ca. gov/ fishing/guide.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Free Fishing Days, visit www. wildlife. ca. gov/ li­cens­ing/ fishing/ free- fishing-days.

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