July 4 is the first of two statewide Free Fishing Days in California this year.
It's the only time a fishing license is not required.
The second Free Fishing Day will take place September 5.
All fishing regulations are still in effect on Free Fishing Days. This means bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures all apply.
The appropriate report card must be ready to be presented if someone is fishing for steelhead or sturgeon. People fishing for salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity river systems must also be able to present the correct report card.
Sport fishing regulations can be reviewed online.
Freshwater limits and regulations specific to a body of water can be viewed using the California Department of Fish and Wildlife mobile website.
Fishing at any other time of the year requires a license. They are available for purchase online.
A basic annual resident sport fishing license in California currently costs $51.02.
A one-day fishing license costs $16.46.