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Free Fishing Day events planned

A local pair who has fished at the event many times before nabbed the day’s first fish with some help from Kevin Barger (not pictured). Their rainbow measured 19 inches. Addie Vanderwall hooked it and reeled it in, and Carys Barger helped her get it to the check-in station.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
A local pair who has fished at the event many times before nabbed the day’s first fish with some help from Kevin Barger (not pictured). Their rainbow measured 19 inches. Addie Vanderwall hooked it and reeled it in, and Carys Barger helped her get it to the check-in station.



The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and partner groups will be hosting this year’s Free Fishing Day events on Saturday, June 9 near Grangeville, Elk City, and Lowell. The events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, with a focus on children up to 12 years of age. An adult must accompany each participant. Bring a pole and your own tackle.

Near Grangeville, Free Fishing Day activities will be held at Wilkins’ Pond, located on Lake Road off of U.S. Highway 95 approximately 5.5 miles south of Grangeville. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Grangeville Lions Club, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood office will be presenting this 30th annual Free Fishing Day event.

There will be a casting contest, biggest and smallest fish awards, fish art activity, and a raffle drawing for prizes.

Hot dogs and drinks will be provided free for participants. For more information about the event at Wilkins’ Pond, contact Jennie Fischer, 208-983-4048.

Near Elk City, Free Fishing Day activities will be held at Karolyn’s Pond. To get to Karolyn’s Pond, turn off of U.S. Highway 14 onto County Road 222 towards Red River. Look for the pond near the old Red River Ranger Station. For more about the event at Karolyn’s Pond, contact Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245.

Near Lowell, Free Fishing Day activities will be held at Fenn Pond, located across from Fenn Ranger Station on Forest Service Road 223. This pond boasts smooth trails, fishing piers, and a boardwalk, making it an ideal spot for children and those needing less rugged fishing access.

In addition to the regular Free Fishing Day events, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will have a booth set up at Fenn Pond celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

For more information about the events at Fenn Pond, contact the Moose Creek Ranger District, 208-926-4258.

Creel limits, opening dates, tackle restrictions and other rules remain in effect on Free Fishing Day. Contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to check seasons and rules for the water where you plan to fish.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests thanks all our partner groups for their efforts to help make these events a success, including the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, which stocks the ponds.



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