Trail Mix 9/5: Wet a line without a fish license Saturday

The Fresno BeeSeptember 4, 2013 

Fishermen cast into the waters of the San Joaquin River at Lost Lake Park near the town of Friant in this November 2012 file photo.


Saturday is one of those rare days when it's OK to fish without a license.

In fact, it's encouraged.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two Free Fishing Days per year, and this year they were scheduled on the Saturdays after Independence Day and Labor Day.

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 normal days, California residents 16 years and older must pay $14.61 for a daily sport fishing license. Annual licenses cost $45.93.

For information about regulations and Free Fishing Days, go to


Shaver Lake Triathlon

When: Sept. 15

Where: Camp Edison

Fresno County's longest-running multisport event has a new owner (Sierra Cascades Multisport) but keeps the same sprint-distance course in and around Shaver Lake.

Competitors begin with an 800-yard swim, then bike 16 miles through town and up Dinkey Creek Road before running 3 trail miles around Camp Edison.


News & notes

-- Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park remains closed from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek due to the Rim fire, leaving Tioga Pass as the only option for visiting Tuolumne Meadows. Even though the fire is nearly contained, park officials do not believe the road will reopen this weekend.

-- Upland game bird season is fast approaching, and the CDFW has scheduled several pheasant and chukar hunts especially designed for juniors, women and the mobility impaired. Most of the hunts are scheduled in December with application deadlines in late October or November. For a complete schedule, go to or call (559) 243-4005, ext. 133.

-- In a correction from last week, waterfowl hunting season runs Oct. 19 until Jan. 26 throughout the central San Joaquin Valley, which falls in the "Balance of the State Zone." The bag limit is seven birds per day, with no more than two mallard hens, two pintail, two canvasback, two redheads or three scaup allowed.

-- The 21st annual Grizzly Century returns Oct. 5 to the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway outside North Fork. Cyclists can choose from courses of 100 miles, 100 kilometers or a 26-mile pedal around Bass Lake. Details:

-- It's not too late to take a canoe trip on the San Joaquin River. Trips are scheduled Saturday, Sept. 13, 21 and 27. Call (559) 248-8480 to register.

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