September is a great month to be outdoors, especially Saturday September 5th, as it’s free fishing day! This means the state of California doesn’t require a fishing license to fish today. Check out California's Fish and Wildlife website here for more information.
So if you know someone who wants to try fishing, this is a great opportunity to do so. Take someone who is interested and doesn’t normally go. It’s a great time to teach newbies fishing ethics, fish habits, methods for catching fish and fishing tackle. Also, this is a great time to teach your friends how to gut, clean and prepare fish for dinner.
Another reason September is a great month is that it’s National Public Lands Month and National Public Lands Day is on September 26th.
On this day you can visit a National Park for free! There are volunteer projects you can take part in that help restore habitats, remove invasive plants, fly-fishing clinics and more! This year, for obvious reasons, volunteer events are going to look a little different. Some NPLD managers will host virtual events designed to educate about public lands, while others are hosting in person events that comply with local COVID regulations. You can register for an event here.
Spending time outdoors is beneficial to our physical and emotional health, especially during this time in our history. Don’t miss this opportunity to reap these benefits for free!
Plus, this would be a great opportunity to fish in public lands that you might not have before. But before you do, make sure you check out the National Park site for their fishing regulations.