No license necessary: Saturday is Free Fishing Day

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
May 29, 2012
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Events are scheduled across Utah this Saturday as part of the state’s annual Free Fishing Day.

While anyone can legally fish with or without a license on Saturday, regular fishing regulations and restrictions still apply.

The Division of Wildlife Resources is involved with several events on Saturday, including three in the Top of Utah.

The Bear River Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Skylar’s Pond, located in Willow Park, 419 W. 700 South in Logan. Fishing equipment will be available to check out and use, and volunteers will be available to help first-time anglers learn how to fish.

Special interactive activity booths will also be available for those ages four to 18. The first 250 who visit the booths and complete their "passport to fun" will receive a free t-shirt. The booths will give young people a chance to discover the joys of fishing and learn the importance of good water quality.

They can tie their own wooly bugger fly, experience how rivers and streams are formed, explore the life cycles of fish, learn about the insects that fish eat, stamp ink prints of fish on pieces of paper and learn to cast a fishing lure, among other activities.

In Wellsville, a special event will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Wellsville Pond, 100 E. 500 South in Wellsville. The event includes a fishing contest and merit badge clinics. A prize will be awarded to the child who catches the biggest fish.

In Layton, one of Utah’s newest community fishing waters, Adams Pond, will open to fishing during a free event that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adams Pond is at the top of Gordon Avenue (1000 North) and 1725 East.

The DWR will have its "Take Me Fishing" trailer at the event. DWR personnel will loan fishing poles to those who don’t have their own pole. DWR personnel and staff from the Layton City Parks and Recreation Department will also be available to answer questions about fishing and about Adams Pond.

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


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