Free fishing days set for near future |

Free fishing days set for near future

Saturday, June 7 signals the first of two free fishing days in California. The other one is on Saturday, Sept. 27.On these two dates anglers are permitted to fish without a valid California fishing license in their possession. All other rules and regulations are in force. In addition, this year report cards are required during free fishing days for various species. Specifically, this report card requirement is for all persons including but not limited to those under 6 years of age, those fishing from a public pier, those fishing on free fishing days and lifetime fishing license holders.For experienced anglers it is a great opportunity to take someone you know and like fishing for the first time. For a neophyte, it is a great time to try a sport that is extremely popular. I know a number of people who began their fishing careers by trying it for the first time on free fishing day.Fishing offers something for everyone who takes up the sport. There are number of ways to fish and each has its own following. Many like to use a boat and ply the local waters by trolling a lure or bait behind it. Others throw lures from shore or bait fish. Then there are those who fly fish. Whatever form you choose, I am sure one will suit you.Our neighbors in Nevada also have a free fishing day on Saturday, June 14. On that date the Sparks Rotary Club, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have once again joined forces to offer an annual kids free fishing day at the Sparks Marina Park.Children ages 7 to 17 are encouraged to participate in the event. According to a Rotary spokesman, the event gets bigger each year.Kids will enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the marina from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Commemorative T-shirts and fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages. Also offered is a free barbecue lunch that will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda, ice cream and donuts for registered children.Volunteers from Rotary and the staff from the Nevada Department of Wildlife will be on hand to assist those with little or no fishing experience. Fishing equipment will be available for children to use if they dont have their own. Parents must accompany their children to the event.Other sponsors of this event besides those already listed are the Nevada Bighorn Unlimited, the Reno Rodeo Foundation, Mark Fore and Strike Sporting Goods and Model Dairy. The first two are first-time supporters of the event while the latter two have supported it by supplying the stocked fish and ice cream. Other generous donors can be found online at the Sparks Rotary Clubs Web site this event out. Its a great venue for the kids and a real great time to spend with your children. The fact that no one needs a license is a great incentive as well for first-timers.Give these free fishing days in California and Nevada a try. You may get a person started on a lifetime pursuit. Dont forget to write these dates down in your calendar.Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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