Annual Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and several partner groups will be hosting this year’s Free A young girl stands holding the fish she caught during Free Fishing Day.Fishing Day events on Saturday, June 9 near Grangeville, Elk City, and Lowell. The events will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PDT), with a focus on children up to 12 years of age. An adult must accompany each participant. Bring a fishing pole and your own tackle and prepare for a fun–filled day of fishing!

Near Grangeville, Free Fishing Day activities will be held at Wilkins’ Pond, located on Lake Road off of U.S. Highway 95 approximately 5.5 miles south of Grangeville. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Grangeville Lions Club, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood office will be presenting this 30th annual Free Fishing Day event. There will be a casting contest, biggest and smallest fish awards, fish art activity, and a raffle drawing for prizes. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided free for participants. For more information about the event at Wilkins’ Pond, please contact Jennie Fischer at (208) 983-4048.

Near Elk City, Free Fishing Day activities will be held at Karolyn’s Pond. To get to Karolyn’s Pond, turn off of U.S. Highway 14 onto County Road 222 towards Red River. Look for the pond near the old Red River Ranger Station. For more information about the event at Karolyn’s Pond, please contact the Red River Ranger District at (208) 842-2245.

Near Lowell, Free Fishing Day activities will be held at Fenn Pond, located across from Fenn Ranger Station on Forest Service road 223. This pond boasts smooth trails, fishing piers, and a boardwalk, making it an ideal spot for children and those needing less rugged fishing access.

In addition to the regular Free Fishing Day events, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will have a booth set up at Fenn Pond celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act! Stop by to learn more about the law that preserves some of America’s most special waterways, including the beautiful Selway River. When the kids aren’t busy fishing, they can visit the booth to learn more about harlequin ducks, design their own rubber ducky, and participate in a rubber duck race! For more information about the events at Fenn Pond, please contact the Moose Creek Ranger District at (208) 926-4258.

Please keep in mind that all other regular fishing rules and regulations–including creel limits, opening dates, and tackle restrictions–remain in effect on Free Fishing Day. Always contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to check fishing seasons and rules for the water where you plan to go fishing.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests thanks all our partner groups for their efforts to help make these events a success, including the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, which stocks the ponds.

We hope to see you there, and good luck to all our anglers!


A man stands next to you a young boy at the edge of a pond during Free Fishing Day.





















Above: Young participant Alli shows off her catch at a previous Free Fishing Day event. USFS photo.

Below: Free Fishing Day is fun for the whole family! Events are held annually across the state of Idaho. Photo by Jennie Fischer.