No fishing license needed to drop a line Saturday

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Curious about fishing but not sure you're ready to commit? Saturday is the day to try it as the state offers free fishing statewide. This day only, it is not necessary to buy an annual state fishing license, which normally costs $45.93.

Also Saturday, at Howe Park in Sacramento, you can borrow a fishing rod and tackle to catch your free fish, thanks to a special Fishing in the City event. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. at pond at the park, 2201 Cottage Way, which will be stocked with catfish.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers free fishing days twice a year. The second date will be Sept. 7.

Although no fishing license is required, anglers must follow all fishing regulations, including size and species limits and reporting requirements for certain species, such as steelhead and sturgeon.

For more information on the Fishing in the City program, contact Joe Ferreira at (916) 358-2872.

Contact The Bee's Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.

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