Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 8

Kamiah, Idaho (May 31, 2019) – The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and several partner groups will be celebrating Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 8 at locations near Grangeville, Elk City, and Lowell. Idaho's Free Fishing Day is an annual event held the second Saturday every June. All anglers, residents and nonresidents, can celebrate the day by fishing Idaho's waters without a license. An adult must accompany young participants. Some locations have fishing gear that you can borrow, but you are encouraged to 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 the Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood office will be hosting the 31st annual Free Fishing Day event. Events will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PDT). There will be a casting contest, fish art activity, a raffle drawing for prizes, and awards for the biggest and smallest fish caught! The Grangeville Lions Club will provide hot dogs and drinks free for participants. For more information about the event at Wilkins’ Pond, please contact Amanda Maki at (208) 983-4020.

Near Elk City, Free Fishing Day festivities will be taking place 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, please contact the Red River Ranger District at (208) 842-2245.

Near Lowell, anglers can enjoy Free Fishing Day 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. The pond was recently stocked with rainbow trout and is ready for you to enjoy! Contact the Fenn Visitor Center for more information: (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 Free Fishing Day 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!




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