A free fishing day allows everyone to go fishing without a license. The Department of Fish and Game sets aside two days--for example, the Fourth of July and Labor Day--for people to fish without having to pay for a license. All other fishing regulations still apply.
These days allow people who have never tried fishing to see if they like the sport without having to buy a license. If they like fishing, they can then buy a license and equipment of their own to continue this pastime.
The Department of Fish and Game also offers free clinics on these days to learn about fish, habitat and the best ways to catch them. In some urban areas, they even offer "Fishing in the City" programs which allow fishing in major metropolitan areas with educational programs.
Free fishing days are a terrific way to get the family together and have fun without spending a lot of money on getting a license for everyone over the age of 16.
Fishing off public piers in California is free year round. These piers have places where fishing gear may be purchased or rented, and where information on fishing may be found.