It was a special day in the City of Trees for many Idaho Anglers. They had the chance to throw out their lines for free. Idaho Fish and Game, the organizers of the event, in addition to giving tips to the less experienced anglers, taught participants about the fish and their environment.
ParkCenter was just one of several places that allowed the free fishing and required no license. Young and old, anglers of all ages grabbed their tackle and waited for the fish to bite. Some participated for the fish, but others came out to spend time with their families.
“It’s fun because I get to spend time with my dad, and I like that.” Said 12-year-old Lachlan Merrick.
The idea behind the day is to help spark an early interest in fishing as kids like Lachlan learned the proper way to cast a line. No Rod? No Problem! Even kids without a pole were able to get in on the fun.
“We’ll give you a rod and reel that’s all setup and ready to go! We’ll give you bait. Often times the kids can sign up to win some raffle prizes, rods, and reels, tackle boxes… so it’s a win-win!” Said Assistant Chief of Idaho Fish and Game Matt O’Connell
For Lachlan’s family, the day allowed them some time to get outside, put down the electronics and enjoy mother nature. As an added bonus, it gave them the chance to celebrate father’s day a little early.
“Get you outside away from being on the computer all day… it’s good to have that opportunity to go outside and get some sunshine. [To] go and do some activities and just be fun.” Said Lachlan’s father, David Merrick.
If you’d like more information about fishing in Idaho or to learn more about fish and their environment visit Idaho Fish and Game