The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is encouraging Californians to get outdoors and give fishing a try for free on California’s second 2023 Free Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 2.
Children 15 and younger can fish for free every day of the year in California, but Free Fishing Days offer a time when families and friends can experience the hobby together. As a licensed angler, utilize Free Fishing Days as an opportunity to introduce non-angling friends to fishing and the outdoors.
All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. CDFW encourages potential anglers to check rules and regulations for each water they plan to fish.
CDFW hopes more Californians get “hooked” on fishing. If that happens, be sure to purchase an annual resident sport fishing license. Beginning in 2023, annual sport fishing licenses are valid for a full 365-days from the date of purchase. The revenue generated from license sales helps conserve fish populations and habitats while supporting California’s longstanding angling opportunities for future generations.