Free Fishing Day

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Saturday, June 13, is Free Fishing Day in Idaho.

Special events and activities are set throughout the state, including the pond at Legacy Park in Mountain Home.

Fish and Game reservists will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help youngsters enjoy the day at Legacy Park (fishing is open only to youths at the park pond). Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided during that time by Faith Lutheran Church.

People not interested in attending the event in Legacy Park or any of one of the other sponsored events around the state can still fish any open public water without a license on June 13.

However, while a license may not be needed, anglers must still adhere to all the state's other fishing rules regarding size restrictions, legal bait, and limits.

"It's going to be a great day of fun events," said Doug Megargle, one of Idaho Fish and Game's regional fishery managers. "The programs are geared for youth and introducing new anglers to the sport of fishing.

"The goal of the Free Fishing Day events are to teach people a lifetime sport, provide information, and teach the skills needed to catch fish," he said.

At some locations in the state the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the volunteer organizations will provide fishing poles, teach casting techniques, provide bait, and show people how to clean their catch. Experts will be on hand to help first-time anglers have a successful day.

The complete list of "official" sponsored events around Idaho can be found at the Idaho Fish and Game website.

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