Free California Fishing Days: Best Species to Catch

Want to take advantage of a free California-style fishing day but don’t know which species are good targets for beginners? Don’t worry, there are many species of freshwater and saltwater fish in California that are ideal for new anglers. Plus, it’s not hard to learn how to catch fish, just get out there and try!

What should your next steps be? First, mark your calendar “Free Fishing Day California 2017” on July 1st and September 2nd (two separate free fishing days instead of free fishing weekends). Second, decide which species you want to catch from the list below. Third, make sure you have the right equipment and bait. Finally, decide where to fish (you may want to pick a California spot from the 2017 list of the best spots).

If you search online for more information on Free Fishing Day California or Free Fishing Day California 2017, you will find that these events include both freshwater and saltwater species.

Freshwater fish

There are certain freshwater fish species that are popular targets for new anglers as they are found in many of California’s lakes and ponds. These species are accessible, but also relatively easy to catch with worms or other natural baits.

• Bluegill

• Largemouth bass
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• Rainbow trout
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Saltwater fish

What species of California saltwater fish are easy to catch with live bait from the beach or a fishing pier? Try these three out, but be sure to check a local tide map before you set off. Plan to fish at low tide for your best chance of success. Good fishing days are often determined by the tides when fishing for saltwater species.

• Corbina
• Surfperch
• Croaker

Now that you know six species of California fish that are great for beginners, plan on spending July 1st and September 2nd on the water. Remember that all other fishing regulations remain in effect on free fishing days.

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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s writing has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.

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