Iowa residents may fish without a license this weekend as part of an event sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year. It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without having to purchase a license while all other regulations remain in place.
“We hope that someone who gives fishing a try during free fishing weekend will enjoy the experience and want to go fishing more often and become a license holder,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau.
The DNR is creating fishing videos teaching inexperienced anglers how to be more successful at catching fish. Two videos are currently online – crappie fishing and bluegill fishing – and others species and techniques will be added through the summer and fall.
Anyone catching their first fish is encouraged to take a photo of it and send it in to receive the DNR’s first fish award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo.
Speaking about the event Larscheid added, “This is a great time to take kids fishing because the chance for success is pretty good.”
For more information on free fishing or to submit your first fish photo click here.