Hook 'em without a fishing license on Free Fishing Day on Saturday
Saturday is one of those rare days when it's OK to fish without a license.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two Free Fishing Days per year, and this year they were scheduled on the Saturday after Independence Day and Labor Day.
The second Free Fishing Day is Sept. 7.
All the usual regulations, including bag and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours, report card requirements and stream closures remain in effect. So anglers still have to be responsible.
On every other day, California residents 16 years and older must pay $14.61 for a daily sport fishing licence. Annual licenses cost $45.93.
For information about regulations and Free Fishing Days, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/.
High Sierra Regatta
Where: Huntington Lake
Watch some of California's top sailboat racers trade nautical haymakers on one of the West Coast's best (and most scenic) sailing venues. Lakeshore Beach, located adjacent to the main boat ramp, is the best place for spectators.
There are two heats Saturday and one Sunday. Racing begins at 11 a.m. both days. This weekend features smaller centerboard-class boats, while the larger boats take over July 13-14.
This is the regatta's 60th year. Details: www.fresnoyachtclub.org.
News & notes
Because of high fire danger, campfires are forbidden across much of the Sierra, including Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and the Sequoia National Forest. That means use only stoves and lanterns with shutoff valves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, and only in authorized campgrounds and other identified areas. Plus, operators must possess a valid California Campfire Permit. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
Sycamore Island will host Special Fishing Day on Saturday to correspond with Free Fishing Day. There will be food vendors and clinics for beginners. Hours are 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and fees have been reduced for both vehicle entry ($6) and trailered boats ($5). Details: (559) 259-1271.
If you thought it was hot around the Valley, temperatures reached 129 degrees Sunday at Death Valley National Park — a record for June.
— Marek Warszawski