Free Fishing Saturday Highlights Holiday Weekend

Kids enjoying the fishing pond at the Raahauge Shooting Fair last month. (RACHEL ALEXANDER)
Kids enjoying the fishing pond at the Raahauge Shooting Fair last month. (RACHEL ALEXANDER)

Happy Fourth of July, Cal Sportsman readers. Looking for something to this holiday weekend?

Free Fishing Days: the best thing to happen to California since John Muir. July 5 and September 6 should be circled on your calendar, as a California fishing license will not be required for anyone 16 and over to grab a rod and reel and dunk a line in the American River, Lake Nacimiento, the Salton Sea or San Luis Reservoir.

Free Fishing Days: the best thing to happen to California since Sutter’s Mill. It’s important to get non-fishermen involved in the sport. Take your kids who have never experienced pulling in a rainbow trout from Irvine Lake or landing a striper off Rio Vista in the San Joaquin Delta. Even if you don’t catch anything, the quality time you spend with your family will want you asking to go back.

Editor's note

(FEISTY FISH GUIDE SERVICE)

Free Fishing Days: the best thing to happen to California since Google and Yahoo. We have a lot of options to tell you about in this month’s issue where fish are biting: Luke Kelly’s reports on the anticipated July 16 king salmon openers on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers; Scott Haugen dishing on San Francisco Bay sharks; Mike Stevens on Eastern Sierra lure techniques, Bill Schaefer with the best way to cast for trophy bass at San Diego’s Otay Lake.

Free Fishing Days: the best thing to happen to California since California Chrome. Remember, per the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, if you’re fishing on one of the two no license-needed days for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon, spiny lobster or salmon in the Smith or Klamath-Trinity River Systems, you must purchase the proper report card for those species (dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/fishdescrip.html/#ReportCards).

Free Fishing days: the best thing to happen to California since Carl’s Jr. I remember my earliest experiences throwing marshmallows baited with salmon eggs at Lake Merced in San Francisco. It wasn’t long before I was begging my dad to take me out again, and then another time, then another.

Free Fishing days: (Maybe) the best thing to happen to you and your family this month.

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