The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to celebrate the end of summer by going fishing. September 5 is a day when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license.
CDFW also says Free Fishing Days are also a great opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.
Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.
Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some CDFW regions offer Fishing in the City, a program where children can learn to fish in major metropolitan areas.
Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish and using fishing tackle. Anglers can even learn how to clean and prepare fish for eating.
Anglers should check the rules and regulations for the waters they plan to fish because wildlife officers will be on duty to enforce them.
For more information on Free Fishing Days, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days .
Top Picture: The Trinity River is the longest tributary of the Klamath River, approximately 165 miles long, in northwestern California.