When you are ready to check the local fishing reports and go fishing in California, we have all the resources you will need. Find a place to take the kids freshwater fishing for bluegill near Kelseyville or plan a trip to do some saltwater fishing for croaker near San Diego. You can purchase fishing licenses, check state regulations, and learn about free fishing days here.

Additional resources and information can be found directly on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website:

Free Fishing Days in California:

Introduce a friend to the joy of fishing by taking them out on one of the Free Fishing Days in California. Free fishing days are a great time to share your love for the outdoors with future anglers.


  • Due to drought conditions, Diamond Valley Lake will lose the ability for public boat launching after April 15, 2015. This lake will still have its rental boats available, and the areas to shoreline fishing open.
  • An emergency regulation has been issued for the Upper Sacramento River that will go into effect on or about April 27, 2015. The emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam.
  • Effective July 1, 2015, Lake San Antonio will be closed to the public until further notice. For more information please visit Monterey County Parks.
  • Effective September 12, 2015, Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake is closed to the public due to a serious drought.