No excuses for not fishing

Trailer makes it easy to catch fish, especially for kids and beginners.

rphillips@idahostatesman.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Look for this trailer at local ponds and lakes.

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You would be hard- pressed to find a better fishing deal than this. Idaho Fish and Game’s free fishing trailer gives you the chance to try to sport for free with all tackle and bait provided, as well as some expert advice on how to catch fish.

Sound too good to be true? Nope. Fish and Game’s brightly painted trailer is like an ice cream truck for anglers. It shows up at local ponds in and around the Treasure Valley and has all people need to give angling a try.

The stocking truck usually shows up a few days before, so there are plenty of fresh trout to be caught when the trailer arrives.

It’s especially aimed at getting kids started fishing, but anyone can borrow the gear. You don’t even need a fishing license while the trailer is there.

The idea is to teach kids and adults the basics of fishing so they can later buy a license and feel confident going out on your own.

The events start in late March, just in time for those perfect spring days. For locations of ponds call Fish and Game at 465-8465.

Roger Phillips: 377-6215, Twitter: @rogeroutdoors

Where to go fish for free

Here’s the schedule where you can find the trailer from March through June:

• Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Williams Pond, Boise

• Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Ponds, Nampa.

• Wednesday, April 9, 4 to 8 p.m, ParkCenter Pond, Boise.

• Thursday, April 10, 4 to 8 p.m., McDevitt Pond, Meridian.

• Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kleiner Pond, Meridian.

• Wednesday, April 16, 4 to 8 p.m., Settlers Pond, Meridian.

• Thursday, April 17, 4 to 8 p.m., Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna.

• Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Ponds, Nampa.

• Wednesday, April 23, 4 to 8 p.m., McDevitt Pond, Meridian.

• Thursday, April 24, 4 to 8 p.m., Kleiner Pond, Meridian.

• Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ed’s Pond, Emmett.

• Wednesday, April 30, 4 to 8 p.m., Williams Pond, Boise.

• Thursday, May 1, 4 to 8 p.m., Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna.

• Wednesday, May 7, 4 to 8 p.m., Kleiner Pond, Meridian.

• Thursday, May 8, 4 to 8 p.m., Wilson Ponds, Nampa.

• Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Weiser Pond.

• Wednesday, May 14, 4 to 8 p.m., McDevitt Pond, Meridian.

• Thursday, May 15, 4 to 8 p.m., Merrill Pond, Eagle.

• Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Williams Pond, Boise.

• Wednesday, May 21, 4 to 8 p.m., Wilson Ponds, Nampa.

• Thursday, May 22, 4 to 8 p.m., Kleiner Pond, Meridian.

• Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. to p.m., Eagle Island Pond.

• Wednesday, May 28, 4 to 8 p.m., Settlers Pond, Meridian.

• Thursday, May 29, 4 to 8 p.m., McDevitt Pond, Meridian.

• Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake Lowell, Nampa/Caldwell.

• Wednesday, June 4, 4 to 8 p.m., Williams Pond, Boise.

• Thursday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mill Pond, Horseshoe Bend.

• Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Settlers Pond, Meridian.

• Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., McDevitt Pond, Meridian.

• Wednesday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Settlers Pond.

• Thursday, June 19, Kleiner Pond,

• Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Ponds, Nampa.

• Wednesday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., McDevitt Pond, Meridian.

• Thursday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Williams Pond, Boise.

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