Grab your poles for free fishing
Utah's annual Free Fishing Day is June 10. If you haven't yet picked up a new, 365-day license, you can put it off a little longer because no license is needed this one day each year. If you already have a license, expect to see more people than usual on the state's more popular watering holes that Saturday. Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) officials will be stocking any extra fish they can scrape up from the hatchery system in time for the event in lakes and reservoirs. Although a license is not required that day, law enforcement officials will still issue citations for anglers not following the 2006 Fishing Proclamation. Events tied in with Free Fishing Day are being held across the state. Here are some the DWR is helping out with:
Logan - An event for those 14 and younger will be held at Willow Park, 419 W. 700 South, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include fly tying, fly and spin casting lessons, a casting contest, a "Bugs Don't Bug Me" activity, fish craft and printing. Fishing equipment will be provided, but if you have it, bring it. The event is sponsored by the DWR's Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area, Cache Anglers, Utah State University's Water Quality Extension and the Logan City Environmental Department. For more information, call Marni Lee at 435-753-6206.
Ogden - The fifth annual Free Family Fishing Fair will be held at the Ogden Pioneer Rodeo Stadium, 668 17th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can fish for rainbow trout in a stocked pond and learn how to cast and tie knots in a Pathways to Fishing clinic offered by the DWR. Birds from the Ogden Nature Center will be at the event. Call 801-629-8253 for more information.
Midway - A Kid's Fishing Event will be held at the Wasatch Mountain State Park pond, two miles west of Midway, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required by calling Wendy Wilson at 435-654-1791. Fishing equipment and bait will be available for children who do not have their own.
Northeastern Utah - Free Fishing Day events will be held at Moose Ponds, 9 a.m. to noon; Pelican Lake, 8 a.m. to noon; and Red Fleet Reservoir, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the DWR northeastern office at 435-781-9453 for more information.
Ferron - Fishing equipment will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millsite State Park in an event being sponsored by State Parks and Recreation and the DWR.
DWR is offering fly-fishing classes for women
The Division of Wildlife Resources' Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is offering two classes and a day on the water to help women learn the art and sport of fly-fishing. The classes will be Tuesday and June 8 at 6 p.m. at Western Rivers Flyfisher, 1071 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City. Sessions will focus on knot tying, equipment, casting and insect biology. Students will then move to the river June 10. Steve Schmidt, owner of Western Rivers Flyfisher, will instruct and guide the class. The cost is $100 and includes rental waders and rod and reel. Classes are limited to 12 women. Pre-registration is required; contact Jill West at email@example.com or 801-557-0605.
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