Plenty Of Free Fishing Day, June 9, Events Planned Around Boise


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 Joe Kozfkay said. “Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing 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. In addition, all these locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to the special day. Look for the event nearest you and, “Take a Kid Fishing.”

Free Fishing Day Events in the Southwest Region – Saturday, June 9, 2012
Note: pay special attention to event times. Other events may be added. Check the Fish and Game website ( for schedule additions and or changes.

Atwood Pond (Payette) – 8:00am – 2:00pm

Council Park Pond (a.k.a. Ol’ McDonald Pond) – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Ed’s Pond (Emmett) – 9:00am – Noon

Fischer Pond (Cascade) – 10:00am – 2:30pm

Kimberland Meadows Pond (New Meadows) – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Leroy Matthews Memorial Fishing Event

Lake Lowell – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Gotts Point at the west end of Greenhurst Avenue

Legacy Park Pond (Mt. Home) – 9:00am –­ 1:00pm

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds – 9:00am – 1:00pm

McDevitt Pond (Boise) – 8:00am – Noon.

MK Nature Center (Boise) – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Face to Fish Day – $3 admission

Merrill Pond (Eagle) – 9:00am – Noon.

Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Parkcenter Pond (Boise) – 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Rowland (Scout) Pond (McCall) – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Visitor Center Pond (Idaho City) – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Wilson Springs Ponds – 8:00am – Noon
A location change since 2011. No Free Fishing Day event will be held at the Nampa Fish Hatchery across the street from Wilson Springs.

For more information regarding Free Fishing Day, contact the Fish and Game McCall office (634-8137) or the Nampa office (465-8465).

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