Every year the California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers up a couple of days where you can fish in California without a license. The first of these days for 2020 falls on July 4, 2020 – Independence Day!
This is especially great news as the start of California’s fishing season has been repeatedly delayed due to Governor Newsom’s continued missteps in managing the COVID-19 mediademic. Now that California’s fishing season(s) are open for pretty much all the “normal” seasons – including ocean salmon and trout – this is a great time to dig that ol’ Ronco Pocket Fisherman out of the trunk and head off to your favorite fishin’ spot!
Per CDFW, “all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect on Free Fishing Days. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in the state or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems.”
Make sure you check with the local authorities about site access, closures, and any restrictions that may be in place. Remember: the governor has no idea what he’s doing in regards to COVID-19, and his “master plan” can (and does) change daily or even hourly depending on if someone did something he didn’t like.
The NEXT free fishing day will be Saturday, September 5, 2020.
Finally, since we’re still in panic mode over a virus that doesn’t do much: “CDFW reminds anglers to abide by all state and local health guidelines regarding non-essential travel and physical distancing. Staying home in order to stay healthy is still the best way to keep yourself and others safe.”