The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9.

While a license is not required for the day, the remaining fishing rules in Utah and Idaho will be in effect.

Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR said Free Fishing Day is a great day not only for beginning anglers but for experienced anglers too.

“Because you don’t need a license to fish that day it’s the perfect time to take someone fishing with you and introduce them to the sport. And, if you don’t have a license, it’s the perfect time to pick up a fishing pole and give fishing a try,” Oplinger said.

Oplinger said early June is one of the best times to fish in Utah as fish in the state, both warmwater fish and coldwater fish, are active and willing to bite this time of the year.

Locally, the Bear River Celebration will be held at Willow West Park, 500 W. 700 South in Logan. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include fishing at Skylar’s Pond.

Kids can catch fish at Skylar’s Pond using rods and reels that will be available that day. This free community event is full of hands-on educational activities for youth and their families. Each year, hundreds of youth participate and learn more about water quality, wildlife, plants, recreation and fishing in the Bear River watershed.

For more information about the Bear River Celebration, visit

In Idaho, the IDFG Grace Fish Hatchery will allow anglers 14 and under to fish the pond at the facility. For more information, visit

Another place to drop a hook in the water is at the many community fishing ponds across the state. The ponds are great places for beginning anglers to fish.

The ponds are close to home, most have restrooms and other facilities, and many of them will be stocked with channel catfish — averaging 14 inches long — before June 9.

To locate your nearest community pond, visit

In addition to the community fishing ponds, several additional waters should also be good places to fish on June 9. Oplinger divides the best fisheries to visit on Free Fishing Day into two categories: ‘best family fishing waters’ and ‘places to fish and get away from it all.’

Best family fishing waters

n Mantua and Willard Bay reservoirs (Northern Utah)

n Lakes on the Manti Mountains (North-central Utah)

n Brown’s Draw, Cottonwood, Currant Creek, East Park and Steinaker reservoirs (Northeastern Utah)

Places to fish and get away from it all

n Lost Creek Reservoir and lakes on the Uinta Mountains (Northern Utah)

n Long Park Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Spirit Lake (Northeastern Utah)

n Navajo Lake and lakes on the Boulder Mountains (Southwestern Utah)

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