The California Department of Fish and Game offers two Free Fishing Days each year July 4 and Sept 6, 2010. On these days, you can fish in the San Francisco area without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some Department offices offer a Fishing in the City program where you can go fishing in the middle of major metropolitan areas – perhaps just a few blocks from your home. Fishing in the City and free fishing day clinics are designed to educate people just like you about fish habits, proven methods of catching fish, and tackle you’ll need. 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.
There are many different lakes & piers in the Bay Area where you can fish include Pier 7, Fort Baker Pier, San Leandro Marina Park, Alameda, Lake Merced, Temescal Lake, San Pablo Rsvr, and many more.