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Fish for free: No fishing license required Saturday in California

Fishing for American shad in the American River

American Shad are a popular sportfish that run up Central Valley rivers to spawn in the late-spring. These fish, the largest member of the herring family, put up an incredible fight and can be caught on both fly and spinning rods. Adding to the fu
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American Shad are a popular sportfish that run up Central Valley rivers to spawn in the late-spring. These fish, the largest member of the herring family, put up an incredible fight and can be caught on both fly and spinning rods. Adding to the fu

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites all Californians to fish Saturday, July 2, 2016, with no fishing license required.

If anglers want to fish the rest of the year, they can purchase a license at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing. A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California costs $47.01.

All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures, remain in effect on Saturday, according to the CDFW.

Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for steelhead or sturgeon anywhere in California, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems. Anglers can review the sport fishing regulations at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or use CDFW’s mobile website, map.dfg.ca.gov/sportfishingregs, to view limits and regulations specific to a body of water.

Free fishing at Howe Park Pond: The Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District and Fishing in the City is loaning rods, bait and tackle for up to 50 people and offering a free instructional clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Howe Park Pond, 2201 Cottage Way. The pond will be stocked with catfish, and no fishing license is required. An orientation is scheduled at 8:30 a.m., followed by the rod loan. No registration is required, but the event is first come, first served. Go to fecrecpark.com✔ for more information.

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