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Fishing gear free for Idaho kids to borrow

After receiving her free fishing rod, Kylee Hahn, 4, of Cheney wastes no time hauling her mom out to the beach at Clear Lake to try her hand at catching trout during the annual Kids Fish-In on May 1.  About 80 volunteers helped around 900 kids get outfitted to catch fish during the annual event sponsored by local fishing clubs, Zebco, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Fairchild Air Force Base.     (Rich Landers)
After receiving her free fishing rod, Kylee Hahn, 4, of Cheney wastes no time hauling her mom out to the beach at Clear Lake to try her hand at catching trout during the annual Kids Fish-In on May 1. About 80 volunteers helped around 900 kids get outfitted to catch fish during the annual event sponsored by local fishing clubs, Zebco, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Fairchild Air Force Base. (Rich Landers)

YOUTH FISHING — A trailer full of fishing gear for kids to borrow and use at a nearby trout pond will debut this week at three locations on the Idaho Panhandle.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department's “Take Me Fishing” trailer is scheduled to be stationed at 28 events in May and June. The first gigs are:

  • Tuesday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Post Falls Park,
  • Thursday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Cocolalla Lake,
  • May 7, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Fernan Lake.

Fishing equipment and bait can be checked out for free during the times listed. Reservations are not needed and equipment is checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Participants will be granted a permit to fish without a license during the hours of the events, however all other rules apply, such as size limits and species limits.

Idaho children 13 years old and under can always fish for free.

See the complete statewide list of Take Me Fishing trailer dates for May and June.




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