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Trailer invites families to fish

Idaho Fish and Game will be wheeling out a“Take Me Fishing Trailer” packed with fishing rods and tackle for Idaho Panhandle kids to use free at trout-stocked ponds starting in May.

The trailer, which debuted last year and made a couple of recent appearances for ice fishing, will make its first appearance of spring on May 3, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Fernan Lake.

Fishing equipment can be checked out free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations are not needed. Participants who register will be granted a permit to fish without a license. If they get hooked on fishing after the event, parents will have to purchase a license so they can continue fishing another day and at other waters.

However, Idaho children under the age of 14 routinely fish for free.

Stocked with basic fishing equipment and information, the trailer wrapped with eye-catching fish illustrations is hard to miss.

The trailer parks near waters that are stocked with fish.

Other spring dates and locations for Take Me Fishing trailer stops include:

May 5: Post Falls Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

May 10: Kelso Lake, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

May 17: Fernan Lake, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

May 19: Hauser Lake, noon-6 p.m.

May 24: Cocolalla Lake, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

May 26: Fernan Lake, noon-6 p.m.

May 31: Hauser Lake, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

In June, the Take Me Fishing trailer is scheduled to be at these and other waters across the Panhandle on 11 days throughout the month.

See complete schedule at TMFishing.