No license required during ‘free fishing days’ – The Spokesman-Review (blog)

Taking kids fishing and helping them catch their first fish is a privilege not to be missed. (Rich Landers)
Taking kids fishing and helping them catch their first fish is a privilege not to be missed. (Rich Landers)

FISHING – States are offering a chance to go fishing without the expense of purchasing a fishing license during Free Fishing Days this month

  • Idaho Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9.
  • Washington is offering two free days, Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.
  • Montana will hold two free fishing days on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18.

Although fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other state rules remain in effect. These include regulations such as bag and length limits or special fishing regulations.

All of the states’ regulations brochures are available online or free at local sporting goods stores and other retailers.

Idaho schedules some special events, such as a Take Me Fishing Trailer with gear to use at Rathdrum City Park on Saturday.

Free fishing day provides a no-cost opportunity for novices to give fishing a try. Youths in Idaho and Washington do not need a general fishing license any time of the year.