June 8 is Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 8th is Free Fishing Day, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

“Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit,” Fish and Game regional fish manager John Cassinelli said. “Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing excitement.”

Lack of fishing experience is no excuse. At special locations around the southwest region, equipment will be available for use and fishing experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. In addition, all these locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to the special day. Look for the event nearest you and Take a Kid Fishing.

For more information regarding Free Fishing Day, contact the Fish and Game McCall office (208-634-8137) or the Nampa office (208-465-8465).

Free Fishing Day Events in the Southwest Region – Saturday, June 8, 2019

Note: pay special attention to event times. Check the Fish and Game website IDFG.idaho.gov for schedule additions and or changes.

Atwood Pond (Payette) – Registration begins at 8 a.m. — Hosted by Safari Club International

Fischer Pond (Cascade) – 10 a.m. – 2 pm — Hosted by Lake Cascade State Park and Idaho Fish and Game

Kimberland Meadows Pond (New Meadows) – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Kleiner Pond (Meridian) – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Hosted by the Southwest Idaho RC&D Council, Micron Technology and Idaho Fish and Game

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Legacy Park Pond (Mt. Home) – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Hosted by the Idaho Fish and Game Reservists

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Hosted by the Boise National Forest (Lowman Ranger District), Sourdough Lodge and Idaho Fish and Game

McDevitt Pond (Boise) – 8 a.m. – Noon — Hosted by the Boise Police Association and Idaho Fish and Game

Northwest Passage Pond (McCall) – 9 a.m. – Noon — Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game

Ol’ McDonald Pond (Council) – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Rotary Park Pond (Caldwell) – 9 a.m. – Noon — Hosted by Caldwell Rotary and the City of Caldwell

Sawyers Pond (Emmett) – 9 a.m. – Noon — Hosted by the Gem County Recreation District, Boise National Forest (Emmett Ranger District) and Idaho Fish and Game

Visitor Center Pond (Idaho City) – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hosted by the Boise National Forest (Idaho City Ranger District) and Idaho Fish and Game

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa) – 8 a.m. — Noon — Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game

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