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California free fishing day this Saturday

July 2, 2009 | 10:41 am


The first of two annual free fishing days in California will be this Saturday, July 4.

The Department of Fish and Game will waive sportfishing license requirements for the day and citizens will be allowed to fish all public waters in the state, both freshwater and saltwater.

"There are fish in many California waterways and urban lakes that can make a very fun day for beginning anglers and experienced hands alike," said Dave Moore, DFG interpretive services supervisor said. "Free Fishing Days offers a great opportunity for families to enjoy a hands-on experience with nature."

All other angling regulations, such as catch limits, gear restrictions and stream closures, remain in effect. Report cards for certain species will also still be required.

The second free day this year will be Labor Day, Sept. 7.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Auguste Ackerman reaches for the mackerel he caught on a fishing trip off Catalina Island. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times