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Fish for free on June 9

Girl shows trout caught at Gigliotti Pond
Girl shows trout caught at Gigliotti Pond

Fishing license not required on Free Fishing Day

If you'd like to introduce someone to fishing-or you'd like to give fishing a try, but you don't have a fishing license-mark June 9 on your calendar.

June 9 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You don't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day.

Randy Oplinger says 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," says Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, "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."

Another great thing is Free Fishing Day is held at the start of June. "Early June is one of the best times to fish in Utah," Oplinger says. "All of the fish in the state, both warmwater fish and coldwater fish, are active and willing to bite this time of the year."

Special events

If you don't have any fishing equipment-or you do, but you'd like some help fishing-special events are the place to be.

"At most of the events," Oplinger says, "equipment will be available for you to use. And volunteers will be on hand, to help you and your kids fish. Also, many of these waters will be stocked with fish before the event, so there should be plenty of fish to catch."

Northern Utah

Two fun fishing events will be held in Logan and Bountiful: