June 8 will be a great day to take a kid fishing: It's Free Fishing Day in Utah.
Photo by Scott Root, Utah Division of Wildlife Reservoir
If you've always wanted to learn to
, June 8th is the day to give it a try. On that day you can fish
without a license on any water in Utah
. All other regulations will be
Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources
provided the information below:
Day is June 8
If you're looking
for a fun activity that's outdoors and close to home, mark June 8 on
June 8 is Free
Fishing Day in Utah. You don't need a fishing license to fish in the
state that day.
now to take your family out and enjoy a free day of fishing,"
says Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the
Division of Wildlife Resources.
Cushing says early
June is one of the best times of the year to fish in Utah. Fishing
for warm water fish, including bluegill, catfish, white bass and
smallmouth and largemouth bass, is just starting to pick up. And
trout and other cold water fish are still active and available to
Some of the
best places to fish
Fishing Day, the DWR will place extra fish in waters across Utah.
Most of the fish will be placed in lakes and reservoirs, so lakes and
reservoirs should be good places to fish on June 8.
fishing ponds are another good place to try. Before June 8, catfish
that average 18 inches in length will be stocked into the ponds.
"Catch one of these cats," Cushing says, "and you'll
be in for a fun fight."
Depending on where
you live, a community pond might be only a few minutes away. You can
learn more about Utah's community fishing ponds at
Cushing says the
DWR will keep stocking catfish into the ponds until the temperature
cools in the fall. "Then we'll place trout in the ponds,"
Learn the rules
You don't need a
license to fish on June 8, but all of the other rules in the state's
fishing guidebook will still be in effect.
you to get a copy of the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook and learn the
rules. The free guidebook is available at
wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks. Copies are also available at DWR
offices and from fishing license agents across Utah.
"If you have
any questions," he says, "please call the nearest DWR
office. We'll be happy to help you out."
Many special events will be held at
popular Utah fishing waters, including fishing clinics. In some spots
fishing tackle will be provided for people who want to learn to fish.