Idaho free fishing day is Saturday, June 8

STATESMAN STAFFJune 6, 2013 

Part of the fun of Free Fishing Day is the festival atmosphere. If you want to know where fishing is good, just follow the sound of squealing children.

ROGER PHILLIPS / RPHILLIPS@IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM

Just as the name says, beginner to expert anglers , residents and nonresidents can fish anywhere in the state without a fishing license.

"Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a lifelong pursuit," said Fish and Game Regional Fish Manager Joe Kozfkay.

"Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing excitement."

Don't worry if you lack fishing equipment or fishing experience. At the listed locations, loaner fishing equipment will be available and experienced anglers will be on hand to help novices learn the basics and fine points of fishing.

Also, all locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to free fishing, so there will be plenty of fish available to catch.

Here's a list of events:

- Atwood Pond (Payette) - Kids' Conservation Day. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

- Council Park Pond (Ol' McDonald Pond) - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Ed's Pond (Emmett) - 9 a.m. to noon.

- Fischer Pond (Cascade) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Kimberland Meadows (Meadowcreek) Pond (New Meadows) - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Lake Lowell - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Gotts Point at the west end of Greenhurst Avenue.

- Legacy Park Pond (Mountain Home) - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Lowman (10-mile) Ponds - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- McDevitt Pond (Boise) - 8 a.m. to noon.

- Merrill Park Pond (Eagle) - 9 a.m. to noon.

- Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- ParkCenter Pond (Boise) - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Rowland (Scout) Pond (McCall) -9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Visitor Center Pond (Idaho City) - 9 a.m. to noon.

- Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa) - 8 a.m. to noon.

Although no license is needed, all other fishing rules apply, such as bag limits and gear restrictions, which are all available in the fishing rules booklet or at fishandgame.idaho.gov.

For more details, call Fish and Game's Nampa office at 465-8465, or the McCall office at 634-8137.

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