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Nature Corner: How can you not take the bait?

Although area rivers are still high with runoff, this weekend will be the perfect time to take family fishing at area lakes and ponds.

Trout will be stocked and volunteers will provide help and gear, if needed, during free fishing events for children at 10 sites in Idaho and at least one in northeastern Washington.

Idaho children’s fishing events will run Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, at Snow Creek Pond in Bonners Ferry, Round Lake State Park south of Sandpoint, Post Falls Park Pond, Harrison Marina, Calder Pond along the St. Joe River, Steamboat Pond along the Coeur d’Alene River, Lucky Friday Pond in Mullan and in Rathdrum City Park. Call (208) 769-1414.

“A popular annual event at Coeur d’Alene’s Ponderosa Spring Golf Course will run 7-11 a.m. Saturday.

“The 18th Annual Priest Lake Free Fishing Derby, complete with prizes, will be Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Priest Lake Golf Course.

Washington events include a Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lake Thomas (Princess Pines Camp) east of Colville on Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., including a casting contest and other activities for those younger than 16. Call (509) 732-4441.