In Idaho kids under the age of 14 always get to fish for free, but Free Fishing Day is the one time each year when adults can fish without a license too! This year the event falls on Saturday, June 8th.  While all other regulations still apply, this incredible opportunity is open to everyone, and you don’t even have to be a resident to participate!

While everyone gets to fish free, the real point of the day is to help expose kids to the fun of fishing. All of the official sites will have experienced staff and volunteers on hand to help newcomers get started! Many rivers and reservoirs have been stocked recently to make sure novice anglers will have the best possible shot at a successful first outing.   Folks planning to take advantage of free fishing day should remember that all other fishing regulations remain intact and fees are still charged for camping in the state parks.

IDFG staff, volunteers and other civic groups will be on hand at the following fishing spots help teach youngsters to tie fishing knots, bait hooks, and cast properly. All the sites will have loaner poles to help kids get started, along with a generous supply of worms for bait. It is important that a parent or guardian accompany all children. Adults and single-parent families are strongly encouraged to come and learn more about our proud national fishing heritage.

I.F. Area – Becker Pond in Ryder Park

Roberts Area – Jim Moore Pond in Roberts

Rexburg Area – Rexburg City Ponds west of fair grounds

Victor Area – Trail Creek Kid’s Pond

Ashton Hatchery –  By reservation only, call 208-525-7290 to reserve a space.

Island Park – Mill Creek Pond on Yale/Kilgore Road

All above sites will be staff from 9 AM until Noon on June 8th.

Also check out the dates and locations for the “Take Me Fishing” trailer, IDFG’s mobile free fishing day that will be travelling across the area this summer at

Image courtesy Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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