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June 9 is Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 9 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. "Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit," Fish and Game regional fish manager Jeff Dillon said. "Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun and excitement." Lack of fishing experience is no excuse. At special locations around the southwest region, equipment will be available for use and fishing experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. Look for the special event nearest you and, "Take a Kid Fishing." Free Fishing Day Events in the Southwest Region - Saturday, June 9, 2001: Note: pay special attention to event times.
  • C.J. Strike Reservoir - Cottonwood Access - 9:00am - 1:00pm. Hosted by American Legion Post #101 (Mt. Home).
  • Ed's Pond (Emmett) - 9:00am - Noon. Hosted by the Payette National Forest (Emmett Ranger District), Gem County Recreation District and Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Fischer's Pond (Cascade) - 9:00 - 2:00pm. Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Legacy Park (Mountain Home) - 8:30am - 1:00pm. Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Lowman (10-mile) Ponds - 9:00am - Noon. Hosted by the Boise National Forest (Lowman Ranger District).
  • McDevitt Pond (Meridian) - 9:00am - Noon Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) - 9:00 - Noon. Hosted by the Horseshoe Bend Optimists and Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Meadow Creek Pond (New Meadows) - 9:00am - 2:00pm. Hosted by Trout Unlimited and Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Nampa Hatchery - 8:30 - Noon. Hosted by Fish and Game, Nampa Parks and Recreation, and Swire Coca-Cola. The pond will be available for fishing by youngsters 13 and under from 8:30 to noon, with open fishing from noon to 9:00pm.
  • Parkcenter Pond (Boise) - 9:00am - 2:00pm. Hosted by the Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation and Development Council, Micron Technology, Intermountain Outdoor Sports, Hillcrest Floral, Nagel Beverage (Pepsi), Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Rotary Pond (Caldwell Pond #1) - 9:00am - Noon. Hosted by the Caldwell Rotary Club.
  • Scout Pond (McCall) - 9:00am - 2:00pm. Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game, Outdoor Solutions and T. Avery Outfitters.
  • Visitor Center Pond (Idaho City) - 9:00am - Noon. Hosted by the Boise National Forest (Idaho City Ranger District)
For more information regarding Free Fishing Day, contact the Fish and Game McCall office (634-8137) or the Nampa office (465-8465).