Roger Phillips, IDFG | Bosie, ID. – Idaho Fish and Game’s Free Fishing Day on June 9 is exactly as it sounds: a chance for anyone to grab a rod and go fishing with no license required.
At many locations, you don’t even need a rod, tackle or bait. Just show up and Fish and Game employees and volunteers will loan you gear and show you how to catch a fish.
While Free Fishing Day temporarily waives the requirement for a fishing license, all other rules, such as bag limits and other restrictions, still apply.
While the day is intended to give folks an opportunity to try fishing without having to spend money up front, fishing remains a very affordable, year-round activity. To keep fishing, anyone age 14 and older needs to buy a daily license, or an annual license, both of which are available at vendors throughout the state, or an annual license can be bought through Fish and Game’s online vendor.
Fishing in Idaho is a convenient way to get outside, and many fishing spots are easily available near urban and rural areas. Community ponds make for easy fishing trips close to home, while rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs make excellent weekend trips or vacation destinations.
Idaho also has a large variety of game fish, from palm-sized bluegill that are a great way to teach kids fishing, up to sturgeon that are decades old and measured in feet rather than inches or pounds.
Fishing can be as simple as putting a worm on a hook and waiting for a fish to come by, or as complex as trolling for trophy fish with an array of tackle, down riggers and electronic fish finders. Whatever your fishing style is, and if you’re interested in learning more, join us June 9 at one of our Free Fishing Day events.
Here’s a list of events in Eastern Idaho, for more details you may also visit the Free Fishing Day map page.
Southeast Region (208) 232-4703
Bannock Reservoir, Pocatello (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)
Grace Fish Hatchery, Grace (limited to anglers 14 and under, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)
Upper Kelly Park Pond, Soda Springs (limited to anglers age 13 and under, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)
Edson Fichter Pond, Pocatello 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Upper Snake Region (208) 525-7290
Becker Pond, Idaho Falls (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)
Mill Creek Pond, Mill Pond, Rexburg (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)
Rexburg City Ponds, Rexburg (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)
Trail Creek Pond, Victor Kids Pond, Victor (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT)