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2019 Free Fishing Day | SF

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Pier Seven | Broadway & The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA


2019 Free Fishing Day | SF

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Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What’s that? You say you never learned to fish?

Dept of Fish & Game’s Free Fishing Days for 2019: Saturday, July 6 and August 31

On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try.

Fishing in the City and free fishing day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish, and fishing tackle. You can even learn how to clean and prepare your catch, so you can enjoy it for dinner that night.

While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.

On Free Fishing Days, every angler must have the appropriate report card if they are fishing for:

  • Steelhead
  • Sturgeon
  • Salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River Systems

Some Local San Francisco Fishing Spots:

Lake Merced

  • North Lake Merced: 105 acres. Stocked spring, summer, and fall with catchable trout. The Concessionaire is supplementing the department’s stocking program. An additional North Lake daily fishing access permit is required.
  • South Lake Merced: 203 acres. Stocked spring, summer, and fall with catchable trout.
  • Lake Merced Impoundment: 17 acres. Not planted with catchable trout.

San Francisco Piers

  • Candlestick Park Public Pier: Located south of Candlestick Park, off Hunters’ Point Expressway and Jamestown Avenue.
  • Fort Mason Piers: Golden Gate National Recreation Area is located in the northern end of Fort Mason, off Marina Blvd., San Francisco.
  • Fort Point Pier: GGNRA. Located near Fort Point in the Presidio. From Highway 101 near the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza take the view roads to Lincoln Blvd., then to Battery “E” Road to the pier. Closed at night.
  • Aqua Vista: In San Francisco on China Basin Street between Pier 64 and Mission Rock Resort.
  • Islais Creek Pier: Located on Third Street, two blocks from Army Street in San Francisco.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: There are a number of fishing platforms on wharfs extending from Pier 39 to Pier 45 to the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
  • Marina Green Jetty: Located in San Francisco, at the end of East Harbor. Take Marina Blvd to Gashouse Cove and then to East Harbor.
  • Mission Rock Pier: San Francisco; located at Aqua Vista Park, off China Basin Street, near Mission Rock Resort.
  • Municipal Pier: City of San Francisco. Located at the foot of Van Ness Avenue.
  • Pier Seven: Located at the end of Broadway in San Francisco.
  • Twenty-Fourth Street Pier: Located at the east end of 24th Street in San Francisco near the PG&E plant.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Labor Day Weekend, San Francisco Bay Area, Sports & Wellness
Venue: Pier Seven
Address: Broadway & The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA

Saturday, August 31, 2019

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