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FISHING — No fishing license required — a huge savings for a family, especially out of state — is a perk coming up in the Inland Northwest as states observe Free Fishing Days.
Idaho is boosting the interest by organizing kid-fishing events for it's Free Fishing Day activities on Saturday (June 8).
While license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.
At the following special locations around the Panhandle, equipment will be available for use, and fishing experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. In addition, all these locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to Saturday.
Panhandle Region: For information 208-769-1414.
- Bonners Ferry - Snow Creek Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Calder - Calder Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Clark Fork - Clark Fork Lodge, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Coeur d'Alene - Ponderosa Springs Golf Course, 7 to 11 a.m.
- Enaville - Steamboat Ponds, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Mullan - Lucky Friday Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Post Falls - Post Falls Park Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Priest Lake - Priest Lake Golf Course, 9 a.m. to noon.
- Rathdrum - Rathdrum City Park,9 a.m. to noon.
- Sandpoint - Round Lake State Park, 9 a.m. to noon.
Clearwater Region: For information 208-799-5010. All events 9 a.m. to noon.
- Lewiston - Mann Lake.
- Lewiston - Kiwanis Park Pond.
- Moscow/Troy - Spring Valley Reservoir.
FISHING — It's no fish story that Spokane angler Tanner Grant, his fishing buddy Branden Carter and their boys had a great time Saturday for the fishing season opener at West Medical Lake.
They have this short broadcast-quality video to prove it.
Grant shot the footage in and out of the water with his Go-Pro camera and edited the clips to perfection. Add the perfect song and it's a first-class documentary on why many of us feel sorry for parents who've never taken their kids fishing.
P.S. Notice the boys eating in the background as they watch before applying the skills they've learned from observation and a peanut-butter high. A cooler with appropriate food is an essential item for successful kid fishing trips.
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.
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.