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Richard Oman and Kalli Kay Oman 1.5 years old of Payson at Petes Hole holding a stringer of small trout
Utah's Free Fishing Day is June 4 — Here's a list of events

The annual Free Fishing Day is upon us. You won't need a license on June 4, but you will be expected to follow all other regulations. Here's a release of special events from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Most events are in the family friendly category. Given the crazy water situation this year, it might be a good idea, and a safe one, to hit one of the local ponds.

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Free Fishing Events

June 4 is Free Fishing Day

Free fishing events will be held across Utah on June 4.

The free events are part of Free Fishing Day in Utah. You don’t need

a license to fish in the state on June 4.

Special fishing events

Several free fishing events will be held on Free Fishing Day. Among

those the DWR will be involved with are the following:

NORTHERN UTAH

LOGAN

The Bear River Celebration and Free Fishing Day will be held from 10

a.m. to 2 p.m. at Skylar’s Pond.

The pond is in Willow Park, 419 W. 700 S.

People of all ages can enjoy free fishing at the pond. Fishing

equipment will be available to check out and use. Volunteers will also

be available to help first-time anglers fish.

Special interactive activity booths will also be available for those

ages 4 to 18 years old. The first 250 youths who visit the booths and

complete their "passport to fun" will receive a free t-shirt. The

interactive booths will give young people a chance to discover the joys

of fishing and learn the importance of good water quality. Youths can

tie their own wooly bugger, experience how rivers and streams are

formed, explore the life cycles of fish, go "buggy over bugs," make

fish prints, learn how to cast a fishing lure and much more.

For more information, e-mail Marni Lee with the Division of Wildlife

Resources at marnilee@utah.gov.

WELLSVILLE

A Free Fishing Day event will be held from 8 - 11 a.m. at Wellsville

Pond.

The pond is at 100 E. 500 S.

The event includes a fishing contest and merit badge clinics. A prize

will be awarded to the child who catches the biggest fish!

For more information, call the DWR’s Ogden office at (801) 476-2740.

KAYSVILLE

A Free Fishing Day event will be held at Kaysville Ponds.

The ponds are at the Utah Botanical Gardens, 725 S. 50 W. (If you

drive along Interstate 15, you’ll see the ponds. The ponds are just

east of the freeway.)

You and your kids can check out fishing poles from the DWR to use at

the pond that day. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited will also be

available to help anglers who want help fishing. Several booths will

also be set up to teach kids about fish, fishing safety and how to tie

fishing knots.

For more information, call the DWR’s Ogden office at (801) 476-2740.

NORTH-CENTRAL UTAH

MURRAY

"Family Fishing Derby" at Willow Park Pond in Murray.

The pond is at 6059 S. Murray Parkway Ave., just north of the Murray

Golf Course.

One-hour fishing sessions for families and kids will be held at 9 a.m.,

10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Space is limited. You can pick up a ticket

to participate at the Murray Parks and Recreation office or the

Sportsman’s Warehouse store in Midvale.

The DWR will stock the pond with channel catfish before the event.

Starting at 9 a.m., the children who participate will be taught about

fish and how to catch them. Once the training is done, the kids are free

to fish at the pond. If your child needs help, volunteers from the

DWR’s Dedicated Hunter program will be available to help them fish

and clean the fish they catch.

Fishing poles and bait will be available for children to borrow if they

don’t have their own equipment.

MIDWAY

"Kid’s Fishing Event," Wasatch Mountain State Park pond, about

two miles west of downtown Midway (1281 Warm Springs Road).

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Space is limited. If your

child would like to participate, please register in advance by calling

(435) 654-1791.

The DWR will stock the pond with rainbow trout before the event. At 9

a.m., the kids who participate will be taught about fish and how to

catch them. Once the training is done, the kids are free to fish at the

pond. If your child needs help, volunteers from the DWR’s Dedicated

Hunter program will be available to help them fish and clean the fish

they catch.

Fishing poles and bait will be available for children to borrow if they

don’t have their own equipment.

SPANISH FORK

Spanish Fork will host its 33rd Annual Huck Finn Day from 9 a.m. to

noon at Canyon View Park Pond.

The pond is at 330 E. Powerhouse Road, next to the Spanish Oaks golf

course.

Trout will be stocked into the pond before the event. Several prizes

will be awarded between 9 a.m. and noon, including a bicycle to the

person who catches the biggest fish. A bicycle will also be given to

the person who catches the smallest fish!

Boys are encouraged to come to the event dressed like Huck Finn. Girls

are encouraged to dress like Becky Thatcher. Prizes will be given for

the best costume in each category.

For more information, visit www.spanishfork.org or call (801)

804-4600.

PLEASANT GROVE

Manila Creek Park Pond, Utah’s newest community fishery, will

officially open as a community fishery on June 4.

The pond is at 3300 N. 900 W.

At noon, Pleasant Grove’s mayor will cut a large fishing line.

Cutting the line will officially open the pond as Utah’s newest

community fishery.

Festivities will be held throughout the day. Hot dogs and drinks will

be provided.

NORTHEASTERN UTAH

Three Free Fishing Day events for kids of all ages will be held in

northeastern Utah:

- Pelican Lake in Uintah County, 8 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the

Bureau of Land Management and the DWR.

- Moose Ponds in Daggett County, 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the U.S.

Forest Service and the DWR.

- Lower Stillwater Ponds on Rock Creek in Duchesne County, 9 a.m. to

noon. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the DWR.

If you have your own fishing pole, you’re encouraged to bring it to

these events. A limited number of poles will be available at the

Pelican Lake and Moose Pond sites for those who don’t have a pole but

would like to try fishing. Fishing demonstrations will also be provided

at the Pelican Lake and Moose Pond events.

At the Pelican Lake event, prizes and other give-aways will be

available for the younger children who drop by. (Prizes and give-aways

might also be available at the other events too.)

Each event should be fun for the whole family!

For more information, contact any of the sponsors or the DWR’s Vernal

office at (435) 781-9453.

SOUTHWESTERN UTAH

BEAVER

Little Reservoir

To reach Little Reservoir, travel east from Beaver on state Route 153

for about nine miles to Kents Lake Road. Then travel about one mile on

Kents Lake Road to the reservoir.

A limited number of fishing rods and equipment will be available for

children to borrow if they don’t have their own. DWR personnel and

volunteers will also be available to help kids fish. And those who

participate might receive a prize!

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the DWR’s Cedar City office at (435) 865

6100.

CEDAR CITY

Leigh Hill Reservoir

Leigh Hill Reservoir is one of Utah's community fisheries. To reach

the reservoir, follow Cedar City's Royal Hunt Drive to the top of Leigh

Hill.

Prizes will be offered and some fishing equipment will be available to

check out and use at the pond. DWR personnel and volunteers will also

be on hand to help youngsters fish and to help them keep their hooks

baited.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the DWR’s Cedar City office at (435) 865

6100.

HURRICANE

Grandpa’s Pond

Grandpa's Pond is one of Utah's community fisheries. To reach the

pond, follow State Street in Hurricane to the west of town, and then

turn north on 3700 West. Continue north on 3700 West until the pavement

ends.

Prizes will be offered and some fishing equipment will be available to

check out and use at the pond. DWR personnel and volunteers will also

be on hand to help youngsters fish and to help them keep their hooks

baited.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Buck's Ace Hardware in Hurricane is cosponsoring the event.

For more information, call Lynn Chamberlain at (435) 680 0059.

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