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Ice fishing event for newbies Saturday at Cocolalla Lake

The Idaho Fish and Game Department’s “Take Me Fishing” event drew a large crowd for free ice fishing at Hauser Lake on Jan. 28.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department’s “Take Me Fishing” event drew a large crowd for free ice fishing at Hauser Lake on Jan. 28.

FISHING — A free event to introduce people to ice fishing is set for Saturday (Feb. 11) at Cocolalla Lake south of Sandpoint, sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game Department.

Everything about the event is free, including bait and the fishing equipment available to borrow. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served. Volunteers from Fish and Game and Cabela's will be augering the holes in the ice. No fishing license is required during the hours of the event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Idaho Fish and Game is sponsoring this Take Me Fishing event two weeks after a big crowd flocked to the first ice fishing event at Hauser Lake.

Cocolalla Lake is on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 between Athol and Sandpoint.  The trailer and barbeque will be at the boat launch/campground on the north end of the lake.  Follow the “Sportsman Access” signs on the west side of US 95 just north of the Westmond store. 

Read on for more details.

Equipment is checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. Anglers who have their own equipment should bring it to avoid any waiting.

Participants will not need a license to fish during the hours of the event, however all other rules apply. Idaho children 13 years old and under can always fish for free. These events give their parents, older siblings and friends the opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license.




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