DFG Announces Free Fishing Day on June 7

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Anglers will fish for free June 7, when the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will waive the license requirement for citizens 16 or older. Free Fishing Day, the first of two offered by DFG this year, allows people the opportunity to fish on all freshwater and ocean waters in California.

“The Department of Fish and Game encourages experienced anglers to become instructors and to approach the event as a ‘share the sport’ day,” said Joe Ferreira, coordinator of the Sacramento area Fishing in the City program. “It is a perfect opportunity to take friends who have never fished out to give it a try. You won’t have to ask your new students to purchase a license at this time and it should prove to be great fun for all of you.”

While a fishing license is not required, all other fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours and stream closures, remain in effect. Also, on Free Fishing Day, every angler must have the appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon or for salmon in the Klamath-Trinity river system.

DFG’s Fishing in the City program, which began in 1993, takes advantage of the free days to offer an opportunity to discover the joys of the sport in the state’s most populated metropolitan areas. A second day for free fishing is scheduled Sept. 27. More information is available on the program at www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the following lakes will be stocked with one-pound rainbow trout prior to Free Fishing Day: Lake Merced North, Campbell Perc Pond, Lake Cunningham, Lake Chabot, Paradise Beach Park Pier and Lake Cottonwood. A learn-to-fish clinic will be offered at Lake Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose with equipment and instruction provided. Each adult may register up to two children. Adults will be allowed to fish if they complete the clinic. For more information, please go to www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/sf/events.html.

The Southern California Fishing in the City program will co-sponsor a free youth fishing derby from 7 a.m. to noon at Cerritos Regional Park in Cerritos. In addition, DFG will be stocking seven other Southern California lakes and reservoirs with channel catfish: La Mirada Regional Park Lake, Legg Lake, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Reservoir, Santa Fe Reservoir, John Anson Ford Park Lake and Wilderness Park Lake.

In the Sacramento area, a fishing clinic will be held at William Land Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon and a fishing derby will be held at Oak Grove Park in Stockton from 6:15 a.m. to noon. Fish will also be stocked at Hagan Park, Howe Park and Elk Grove Park.