Idaho anglers can fish for free on Saturday

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Idaho anglers can fish for free across the state on Saturday.

Free Fishing Weekend will be a bit different this year. Typically, Idaho Department of Fish and Game staff bring fishing gear to various fishing spots and help people learn to fish. IDFG is unable to offer supplies this year due to the pandemic.

However, the department is encouraging first-timers to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Each year, Fish and Game stocks 30 million fish annually for anglers, which includes millions of trout that are immediately available to catch, as well as millions of young salmon and steelhead.

“In the month leading up to Free Fishing Day, Fish and game hatcheries stock over 400,000 catchable rainbow trout in waters throughout the state,” said Fish and Game Hatchery Manager Bryan Grant.

Catchable-sized trout ranging from about 10 to 13 inches are stocked statewide and in many easy accessible fishing spots, including community ponds, local reservoirs and nearby lakes.

To learn more about Free Fishing Day, click here. 

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