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Free fishing activities set for weekend

Volunteers help at a Free Fishing Day. From left, Joe Dupont, Bob Moate, Rich Gerhard and Seth Altmeyer. (Courtesy Bureau of Land Management)
Volunteers help at a Free Fishing Day. From left, Joe Dupont, Bob Moate, Rich Gerhard and Seth Altmeyer. (Courtesy Bureau of Land Management)

FISHING– Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Idaho and Washington will double the pleasure on both Saturday and Sunday -- no fishing license required.

Idaho is organizing 11 clinics Saturday in the Panhandle geared to helping people try the sport, starting 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at Coeur d'Alene, Ponderosa Springs Golf Course.

Other Idaho clinics run 9 a.m. -noon at Bonners Ferry Snow Creek Pond, Calder Pond, Clark Fork Lodge, Enaville Steamboat Pond, Mullan Lucky Friday Pond, Post Falls Park Pond, Priest Lake Golf Course and Rathdrum City Park.

See a complete list of Idaho Free Fishing Day activities online.

In Washington, a free Fishing Festival is geared to kids ages 14 and under on Saturday, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Lake Thomas, 25 miles east of Colville on Highway 20.

Sadly, the Fishing 101 Clinic for Adults organized by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department and the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council has been CANCELED for lack of sign-ups.  Ths class would have been a screaming deal for people interested in learning how to fish, with an evening classroom session followed by a on-the water fishing session Saturday at Williams Lake, complete with a lesson on cooking the catch.   Wow: Just $10 and they couldn't get more than 4 people to register.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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