Take me fishing

An Idaho Fish and Game employee helps a boy learn how to fish.

June 8 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.

Lack of fishing experience is no excuse. At many locations, you don’t even need a rod, tackle or bait. Just show up and Fish and Game employees and volunteers will loan you gear and show you how to catch a fish.

Here’s a list of events.

Magic Valley Region

  • Hagerman WMA Riley Creek Pond near Hagerman: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Gavers Lagoon in Blaine County: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Freedom Park Pond in Burley: 8 a.m. to noon

Southeast Region

  • Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Edson Fichter Pond in Pocatello: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kelly Park Pond near Soda Springs: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Grace Fish Hatchery near Grace: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Upper Snake Region

  • Becker Pond in Idaho Falls: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Trail Creek Pond near Victor: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Rexburg City Ponds: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mill Creek Pond near Island Park: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Salmon Region

  • Sawtooth Kids Pond near Stanley: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Blue Mountain Meadow Pond in Challis: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Kids Creek Pond in Salmon: 8 a.m. to noon

The department will stock trout in select locations before the event to increase your chances of landing a fish.