DES MOINES - Iowa residents may fish for free on June 3, 4 and 5, when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources waives the requirement that anglers possess a valid fishing license while fishing. The free fishing weekend is for Iowa residents only and all other fishing laws are in effect.
"This first weekend in June is typically a great time to fish. Fish are usually close to shore and are willing to bite. It's a great time to take children fishing or to introduce someone new to fishing," said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries bureau.
Fishing is an activity that can be done during any stage in life and is a great way to spend time together as a family.
"We want people to fish because it is a good, wholesome activity," Larscheid said. "If someone needs a little instruction, there are fun, hands-on fishing clinics available to teach parents or kids the basics of fishing."
A list of fishing clinics, derbies, and other fun events co-sponsored by the DNR are available on the special events page. Log on to http://www.iowadnr.gov then click on Fishing then click on Classes and Clinics in the right column under Hot Topics, then on Fishing Events and Classes for Kids/Families and finally click on Search for Events.