June 2008

California’s Dept. Of Fish & Game Invites Arizonans To A Pair Of Free Fishing Days In 2008: June 7, Sept. 27

Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line?

Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What's that? You say you never learned to fish?
Well, if you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, we have a great opportunity for you.

The Department of Fish and Game offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without having to buy a sportfishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some Department offices offer a Fishing in the City program where you can go fishing in the middle of major metropolitan areas — perhaps just a few blocks from your home

Fishing in the City and free fishing day clinics are designed to educate people just like you about fish habits, proven methods of catching fish, and tackle you'll need. You can even learn how to clean and prepare your catch so you can enjoy it for dinner that night.

While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect; there are two Saturdays each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.

For 2008, California's Free Fishing Days are June 7 and Sept. 27.

On Free Fishing Days, every angler must have the appropriate report card if they are fishing fish for salmon in the Klamath-Trinity River System, abalone, steelhead, sturgeon or spiny lobster.