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The San Bernardino National Forest has miles of streams and several reservoirs where you can cast your line. Whether you choose to fish along one of our wild trout streams, or try your luck from a fully accessible fishing pier, the San Bernardino National Forest offers an outdoor adventure for the entire family.

Most of the lakes and streams on the San Bernardino are stocked with rainbow trout during fishing season and also contain bass, bluegill and catfish. Fish stocking is done by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and stocking schedules can be found online: fish stocking schedule website.

Free Fishing Days

Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What's that? You say you never learned to fish?

Well, if you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, we have a great opportunity for you.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some California Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 Saturdays each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.

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