F&G will not host events this year, but otherwise, Free Fishing Day will mostly be the same

Free Fishing Day is June 12, and anyone can enjoy a day of fishing without a fishing license, but all other rules still apply. 

Free Fishing Day is an Idaho tradition that usually includes Fish and Game employees and volunteers bringing fishing gear to various fishing spots and loaning rods, reels and tackle and helping people learn to fish. While Fish and Game staff will not be hosting any events in 2021, it’s still a great opportunity for novice anglers to experience some of the wonderful fishing opportunities Idaho has to offer.

If you’re new to fishing, or new to fishing in Idaho, the state has thousands of places to fish, and you can catch a variety of species ranging from palm-sized bluegill to 9-foot sturgeon. 

Fish and Game also stocks about 30 million fish annually for anglers, which includes millions of trout that are immediately available to catch. “In the month leading up to Free Fishing Day, Fish and Game hatcheries stocked about 400,000 catchable rainbow trout in waters throughout the state,” Fish and Game Hatchery Manager Bryan Grant said. 

Catchable-sized trout ranging from about 10 to 13 inches are stocked statewide and in many easily accessible fishing spots, including community ponds, local reservoirs and nearby lakes. Those are all convenient places to go for Free Fishing Day that are close to home and provide a good chance to catch fish. 

Anglers can also fish for salmon during Free Fishing Day and no Chinook permit is required during the day, but all bag limits and other rules apply. To learn more see the Chinook fishing webpage. 

If you’re wondering where to fish, you can start by checking out the hatchery stocking highlights from May and June, which feature waters in each of Fish and Game’s seven regions. You can also find a fishing spot, as well information on when it was last stocked, by to going to Fish and Game’s Fishing Planner.

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