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In brief: Idaho “Take Me Fishing” campaign promotes youth fishing

Idaho Fish and Game Department staffers bring Take Me Fishing trailers to various lakes to help kids and other novice anglers gear up fishing. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)
Idaho Fish and Game Department staffers bring Take Me Fishing trailers to various lakes to help kids and other novice anglers gear up fishing. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

The Idaho Fish and Game Department’s “Take Me Fishing” trailers have geared up and scheduled 16 days of equipping novice anglers for fishing fun at Idaho Panhandle lakes.

Stocked with fishing tackle, the trailers travel to local fishing spots to promote fishing.

Each trailer contains tackle, bait and hundreds of fishing rods rigged and ready to be signed out for free to anyone who shows up and registers at the trailer. 

Agency staffers will be on hand to help get kids and adults started and deal with any beginner issues, such as tangled lines. 

No fishing license is required during the events and everything is free. 

The fishing opportunity is open to people of any age, Idaho residents and nonresidents alike, during the hours of each event as long as they are signed in at the trailer.

All other rules such as size limits and daily bag limits are in effect. 

Equipment is checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.

While Idaho children 13 years old and younger can always fish for free, these events give their parents, older siblings and friends the opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license, said Phil Cooper, Idaho Fish and Game spokesman in Coeur d’Alene.

Info: (208) 769-1414.

“Take Me Fishing” Trailer Schedule 2015 public events in the Idaho Panhandle include:

Saturday – Fernan Lake, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 7 – Chase Lake, 3-6 p.m.

May 9 – Cocolalla Lake, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 12 – Rose Lake, 3-6 p.m.

May 14 – Jewel Lake, 3-6 p.m.

May 16 – Fernan Lake, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 19 – Fernan Lake, 3-6 p.m.

May 21 – Post Falls Park, 3-6 p.m.

May 28 – Dawson Lake, 3-6 p.m.

May 30 – Steamboat Pond, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 2 – Hauser Lake, 3-6 p.m.

June 4 – Spicer Pond (St. Maries), 3-6 p.m.

June 6 – Perkins Lake, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 9 – Fernan Lake, 3-6 p.m.

June 11 – Jewel Lake, 3-6 p.m.

June 13 – Rathdrum City Park, 9 a.m.-noon.


Ski patrol solicits help

The Volunteer Ski Patrol at 49 Degrees North Ski Resort is looking for new volunteers in anticipation of expansion.

Advanced skiing skills are a plus, but those with solid basic skills and a desire to improve will find opportunity to do so, patrol leaders said in a statement.

“The patrol also welcomes those who do not ski but have a desire to learn the skills necessary to work in the first aid room.”

Completion of the National Ski Patrol’s training curriculum in Outdoor Emergency Care and certification as an OEC Technician is required. The Patrol will offer a course later in 2015.

Info: Gary Deaverm, (509) 979-4355 or email

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