Celebrate Free Fishing Day Sept. 27th in California

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Celebrate Free Fishing Day Sept. 27th in CaliforniaFree Fishing Day is Sept. 27 and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites anglers to enjoy California’s abundant fishing opportunities. Twice a year a complimentary day of fishing sets aside the normal requirement for anyone 16 years and older to possess a California fishing license. All other fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. The previous 2008 Free Fishing Day was June 7.

“This is a great opportunity not only to go fishing but to take a novice or youth fishing,” said DFG Fisheries Branch Chief Neil Manji. “Anglers can enjoy surf fishing, dunking a worm for bass or trout fishing in the Sierras.”

The state features more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, and 80 major rivers. It also has more than 1,100 miles of coastline and hundreds of native fish and shell fish species.

DFG offers several fishing-related programs designed to help everyone enjoy one of the nation’s most popular outdoor sports.

For the novice angler, DFG offers Fishing in the City, part of the Urban Fishing Program. The idea began in 1993, to provide fishing opportunities to Californians living in the Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Fishing in the City clinics teach kids how to fish and provide the chance to fish close to home. DFG stocks dozens of ponds with trout in winter and catfish the rest of the year. More information is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity.

Free Fishing Day can also help launch new anglers into DFG’s new fishing incentive and angler recognition program called the California Fishing Passport program. The Passport program is for people of all ages and skill levels. Anglers are encouraged to catch all of the different sport fish species that occur in the state and can use the passport booklet as a guide. More than 150 different species of freshwater fish, saltwater fish and a number of ocean shellfish species can be found in California and are included as part of the Passport Challenge. More information is available at www.fishingpassport.org.