Press Release

Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Idaho

Saturday, June 11 is Free Fishing Day in Idaho, and Idaho 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 includes salmon; anglers don’t need a license or salmon permit, but they are still subject to all bag and possession limits.  

Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit. 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 state, 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.

For more information about events in your area, contact your local Fish and Game office, visit Fish and Game’s Free Fishing Day page at, or the Idaho Fishing Planner at where the events are mapped for you.