National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1-8 and many states celebrate free fishing days during that time. In Iowa, June 6-8 are a Free Fishing Weekend for Iowa residents. Not a fisherman (or woman)? The first full weekend in June is set aside by the Iowa DNR as Free Fishing Weekend, so Iowa residents can give fishing a try without paying for a license. All other rules and regulations do apply.
This is also a perfect time to take kids fishing for the first time. the DNR schedules this weekend because it's typically the time when bluegills are closer to shore and a little feistier! Iowa has many great small county and state parks where you can fish from the banks and give kids (and adults) a fun time fishing!
Not sure what basics you need to get started? Come on in to Bass Pro Shops Altoona and we will help you get the right basic gear to start, from hooks and bobbers, to the right fishing line, and a good basic rod and reel combo for you and the kids, plus some small lures or bait advice.
You can find a listing of free fishing days around the country at www.takemefishing.org/nfbw/.
Here is a listing of some of the many family and kids events in Iowa that are free during Free Fishing Weekend on June 7. Of course, if it's raining, bring the kids to Bass Pro Shops Altoona and they can fish inside for free in our Catch and Release pond that weekend!
7:00 a.m. - Blue Lake Kids Day Fishing Clinic/Kids Fishing Derby - Lewis and Clark State Park, Onawa, IA
8:00 a.m. - Bondurant Youth Fishing Derby, ages 15 and under - Lake Petocka, Bondurant, IA
8:00a.m. - Pleasant Hill Youth Fishing Derby, ages 4-13 - Copper Creek, Pleasant Hill, IA
8:00 a.m. West Lake Park Fishing Clinic for kids - Lake of the Hills, West Lake Park, Davenport, IA
8:00 a.m. - Go FISH - "Fishing Instruction Starts Here" - Hickory Grove Lake - Nevada, IA
8:00 a.m. - Central Park Annual Kids Fishing Derby, ages 16 and under - Central Park Lake, Center Junction, IA
8:00 a.m. - Youth Fishing Tournament/Clinic - Little Sioux Lake, Correctionville, IA
8:30 a.m. - Fishing Clinic, ages 6-16 - McIntosh Woods State Park, Ventura, IA
9:00 a.m. - Kid's Fishing Day - Fishing Clinic - Willow Lake, Woodbine, IA
9:00 a.m. - Fishing Clinic - Riverside Park, Stacyville, IA
9:00 a.m. - Annual Kids' Fishing Clinic - Wapsi (Central City to Oxford Junction), Central City, IA
9:00 a.m. - Des Moines County Conservation Free Kids' Fishing Derby - Big Hollow Lake, Sperry, IA
9:00 a.m. - Fishing Clinic and Derby - Pollmiller Park Lake, West Point, IA
9:00 a.m. - 15th Annual Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Clinic - Youth Fishing Clinic - City Hall, West Des Moines, IA
9:00 a.m. - Hook, Line and Sinker Fishing Derby - 7th Annual Free Family Fishing Derby - Mariposa Lake, Newton, IA
9:00 a.m. - Free Fishing Clinic for all ages - Hurstville Pond, Maquoketa, IA
9:30 a.m. - Youth Fishing Clinic - Davis County Pond, Bloomfield, IA
10:00 a.m. - Youth Fishing Derby - Fishing Clinic - Brushy Creek Lake, Duncombe, IA
10:00 a.m. - Lake Anita Kids' Fishing Day, ages 15 and under - Lake Anita State Park, Anita, IA
10:00 a.m. - Free Family Fishing Event - Liberty Centre Pond, North Liberty, IA
10:00 a.m. - Optimist Club/Page County Cons. Fishing Derby/Clinic - ages 5 to 15 - Pioneer Park, Shenandoah, IA
10:00 a.m. - Ankeny Optimist Club Free Fishing Derby/Clinic, ages 5-13 - Hawkeye Park Pond, Ankeny, IA
11:00 a.m. - Scranton's Kids' Fishing Days - Fishing Clinic - Lost Lagoon, Scranton, IA
11:00 a.m. - Seth Thompson Memorial Kids' Fishing Day/Clinic, ages 16 and under - Wilson Park Lake, Lenox, IA
1:00 p.m. - Backbone Lake Kids Fishing Clinic and Derby, ages 15 and under - Backbone State Park, Dundee, IA
2:00 p.m. Iowa DNR/Izaack Walton League Kids' Fishing Day - Mississippi River Pool 13, Bellevue, IA
3:00 p.m. - Kids Fish Iowa! Adventure Youth Fishing Clinic - Lowe Park, Marion, IA
4:00 p.m. Family Fishing Fun - A late afternoon of fishing fun at this secluded pond - Glissman Pond, Adel, IA