‘Free Fishing Days’ Kicks off Friday

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ANKENY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is offering licence-free fishing from June 5th-7th.

Free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year.  It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license.  All other regulations remain in place.

The purpose of the event is to get Iowans involved in fishing that normally would not be.

"Basically we are trying to families and children out here into the water and dive into sports of fishing and teach them a little about how to catch fish," said Ben Dodd with the DNR.
The cost of a license is $19 for any person 16-years-old and up.

DNR staff will be at popular fishing spots across the state to help beginner anglers get started. They will assist with setting up fishing poles and distribute small kits with basic terminal tackle for pan fishing along with tips and a few fun items.

Dodd said for most kids they aren't hooked on fishing until they reel in that first fish.

"When we have held events in the past we usually see kids catch their first fish," said Dodd. "It's pretty rewarding."

The DNR is encouraging kids who are catching their first fish to share a picture of it.

The program is the called the First Fish Award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo.

More information about Iowa's fishing regulations is available at the DNR's website.