Big Bear, Ca, June 29, 2011, 3:00pm – The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites anglers to celebrate Independence Day by fishing in California’s waters for FREE! Saturday, July 2 is the first of California’s two 2011 Free Fishing Days, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon, spiny lobster or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River systems. Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try. Anglers should check the rules and regulations (www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/) for the waters they plan to fish.