This Saturday, June 8, is Free Fishing Day, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is inviting veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and non-residents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Though fishing license requirements are suspended for the day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, will remain in effect.

     In June, Fish and Game will stock more than 22,540 rainbow trout in the 10- to 12-inch range at 16 locations in the Salmon River drainage. Local sites are:

  • Yankee Fork dredge ponds, June 3-7 and June 17-21, 1,000 total.
  • Sawtooth Kids Pond (at Sawtooth Hatchery), June 3-7 and June 17-21, 400 total.
  • Alturas Lake, June 10-14, 1,740.
  • Salmon River (Decker Flat to Torrey’s Hole), June 10-14 and June 24-28, 8,000 total.
  • Stanley Lake, June 10-14, 2,100.
  • Valley Creek, June 10-14 and June 24-28, 1,500 total.

     The number of trout actually released may be altered by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. If delays occur, trout will be released when conditions become favorable.

     Anglers can find more detailed information on each of these waters, including maps, facilities, species present, stocking records and fishing rules, by visiting the Idaho Fishing Planner on the department’s website.

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