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August 31 is Free Fishing Day

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officials are reminding residents and visitors that Saturday, Aug. 31 is a freebie for all wannabe anglers and those without a current license.   According to CDFW Director Charlton Bonham, “Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for experienced anglers to share their love of the sport with someone who’s never tried it.” Officials emphasize that 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 Day.  They add that while avid fishermen might make good use of a basic annual resident sport fishing license, which costs $49.94 per year, one-day sport fishing licenses to cast your line some other time are also available for $16.20.  Both can be obtained online.  Several helpful online tools are available to locate spots that have recently been planted with fish and details on numerous places where fishing is currently available, including the local amenities such as restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic tables, boat ramps, and fuel. The opportunity to do this generally happens twice a year; once around the July Fourth holiday and again during Labor Day weekend.

Written by KVGC Staff

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