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National Fishing, Boating, Hunting Weeks

The City of San Diego Letterhead

Tuesday, June 6, 2001

CONTACT: Jim Brown,
Lakes Program Manager
(619) 668-2030, or
Tedi Jackson,
Media & Communications Officer
(619) 527-3121

All fishing, boating, and recreational permit fees waived on June 9 and September 22, 2001 at City Lakes

SAN DIEGO - Annually, there are two national campaigns designed to recognize the historic role that traditional outdoor recreation activities have played in the lives of Americans, and to introduce others to these sports. This year, National Fishing and Boating Week will be observed from June 1-10 followed by National Fishing and Hunting Day on September 22.

California along with most other states waives its fishing license requirement in observance of these days. Those dates this year will be June 9 and September 22.

As a part of the celebration of the Water Department's 100th Anniversary, in honor of the San Diego City Lakes Program and particularly its many patrons, the Water Department will waive all fishing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, sailboarding and recreational boating permit fees (except for rentals) on June 9 and September 22 in observance of National Fishing and Boating Week, and National Fishing and Hunting Day respectively.

Observance of National Fishing and Boating Week and National Fishing and Hunting Day - June 6, 2001.

For nearly a century, the Water Department's San Diego City Lakes Program has been nationally recognized as a pioneer for the quality and diversity of outdoor opportunities provided on municipal water supply reservoirs.

From a fishing standpoint, the San Diego City Lakes are home to state records for blue catfish (101 pounds) and bluegill (3.5 pounds) as well as county records for largemouth bass (20 pounds, 15 ounces), channel catfish (35 pounds), white catfish (7.75 pounds) black crappie (3.75 pounds) and redear sunfish (3.45 pounds).

On a global scale, the progeny of Florida-strain largemouth black bass imported by the city in 1960 now account for 21 of the 25 largest bass in history. Anglers from around the world come to San Diego for no other purpose than to fish our municipal reservoirs.

Recreational boaters recognize the San Diego City Lakes for a wide range of family boating activities that include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing.

In addition to enhancing the quality of life of those who enjoy outdoor recreational activities, our municipal reservoirs contribute significantly to the local economy. An economic study commissioned nearly ten years ago projected this amount in excess of $30 million from fishing alone.

For additional information regarding the San Diego City Lakes Program, visit our website or call The Lakes Line at (619) 465-3474.

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