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Free Fishing Day June 10

Idaho anglers, resident and nonresident alike, can fish on June 10 without paying for a fishing license.

June 10 is Free Fishing Day, an annual tradition in Idaho and most other states that take part in National Fishing Week (June 3-11). Forty-six states have at least one free fishing day this year. With the general trout season beginning on Memorial Day weekend, nearly all Idaho waters will be legally open for fishing by Free Fishing Day.

Though a fishing license is not required for either residents or nonresidents, all rules and creel limits apply as printed in the current fishing rules booklet. Those interested in trying the spring chinook salmon seasons on the Little Salmon, Lochsa, Clearwater and South Fork Clearwater rivers will not need a salmon permit on Free Fishing Day. The general rules booklet, and the salmon brochure, are available at more than 400 private license vendors in Idaho and at Fish and Game offices.

Special fishing clinics and other activities sponsored by Fish and Game in cooperation with sporting organizations and businesses are planned in some regions. Activities vary by region; details may be announced by Fish and Game regional offices.

This year is the 21st annual "National Fishing Week" celebration of our nation's recreational fishing heritage. Tens of thousands of volunteers help to organize more than 2,000 family fishing events across the country. Every year, more than 500,000 people are estimated to participate in fishing related activities. National Fishing Week is organized by the nonprofit National Fishing Week Steering Committee.