Fish for free on June 7
WOODS CROSS – Free fishing day is edging closer and closer to happening, and there will be plenty of fishing holes to choose from in Davis County for residents to drop a line.
Saturday, June 7, marks the annual Utah Division of Wildlife Resources “free fishing day,” where Utahns will have their one and only opportunity to catch a fish at any lake, river, stream or any other body of water without needing a fishing license.
The event has seen its share of anglers of all experience levels head out to the waters in order to test their fishing prowess across the entire state, and DWR has increased its presence every year with tent events and biologists at several waterways in order to educate all anglers about fishing.
Drew Cushing, a warm water sport fisheries coordinator for DWR, said June is the best time of year to fish due to the increase in water temperature, among other things.
Warm water fish such as bluegill, catfish and bass are beginning to increase their activity in the water. Cold water fish such as trout are still catchable as well.
To be sure that most anglers won’t go home empty handed, biologists from DWR will be placing extra fish in waters across Utah, according to a press release sent to the Clipper. Lakes and reservoirs, according to DWR, will be good places to fish when the free fishing day arrives next week.
Most community fishing ponds, such as Bountiful Lake and the Kaysville Ponds, will also be good places to fish for catfish, Cushing said. Most catfish, he said, will be around 18 inches in length when they’re stocked into the ponds.
Although fishing will not require a license that day, anglers will still have to follow all other rules in the state fishing guidebook. A copy of the guidebook can be downloaded at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks or picked up at a local DWR office.
A special event has also been planned this year at Bountiful Lake. Residents will be able to “Fish with a Cop” from 10 a.m. to noon June 7, and DWR conservation officers and Woods Cross police will also be available to provide fishing instructions.
The event is free and bait will be provided. Fishing rods and reels will also be available for those who don’t have one.
For more information on the special event, call DWR’s Ogden office at 801-476-2740.