I have lived in California for a little over 2 months now and I need a very important question answered. Is there such a thing as free fishing on lakes in Southern California? I noticed lakes such as Irvine, puddingstone, and Santa Fe Dam all require you to pay a quite high fee just to sink a line or two if you have the stamp. I just got my license yesterday and I was wondering this. I just can't believe that most free fishing is confined to the river spots (which are quite a distance away), private lakes, and the ocean. Please help me out anyone, because I like lake fishing the most.