Fishing is a fun and relaxing pastime that creates many childhood memories to treasure. June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2017, are Free Fishing Days for Iowa residents and is the perfect time for pint-sized anglers to learn how to cast a line. Free Fishing Days gives Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. As an added bonus, experts will be on hand at many of the events to share fishing tips and information.
Join Dallas County Conservation at the Glissman Conservation Area for an afternoon of fishing fun on Sunday, June 4th at 4:00 pm. There will be a limited number of rods and reels that can be borrowed as well as bait and treats for the kids. A naturalist will be on hand to assist new anglers.
Bring your rods and tackle and learn how to cast and fillet a fish on Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 am at Hawkeye Park (400 NW Lakeshore Drive, Ankeny, IA). Learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and cleaning/cooking fish. A parent or guardian must be present. Bait will be provided. Fish will be cooked on site giving you a chance to taste the fish you catch. Register on the Ankeny Optimist Club’s website for this FREE event.
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation for a free fishing event on Friday, June 2nd at 5:00 pm at Gray’s Lake (2101 Fleur Drive (North parking lot) Des Moines, IA 50315). This is a general fishing clinic where kids can learn about: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations. Bring along equipment if you have it. There will be limited equipment on hand to borrow. No registration required. First 200 participants get a sandwich and drink.
Cast your line on Saturday, June 3rd at Gray’s Lake (2101 Fleur Drive (North parking lot) Des Moines, IA 50315). Registration for the event begins at 8:00 am with fishing at 9:00 am. This is a general fishing clinic where kids will learn about fish identification and fishing regulations. Bring along equipment if you have it. There will be limited equipment on hand to borrow. Experienced volunteers will be on hand to help.
Celebrate Free Fishing weekend and have some FREE fishing fun with Warren County Conservation on Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 am. Bring the kids to Annett Nature Center to learn the art of fishing. Participants will learn the proper way to tie knots, cast and fish safely. There will be awards and door prizes given out as well as a hot dog luncheon following the fishing. If you bring a plain T-shirt it will get a special design while you fish.
Jasper County Conservation’s “10th Annual Hook, Line, and Sinker Fishing Derby” will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at Mariposa Recreation Area (located northeast of Newton). There will be educational presentations about fish identification, lure making, cleaning fish, and terminal tackle 101. After a provided lunch, the group will have the afternoon to go fishing and door prizes will be given out. The fishing derby is FREE and registered participants will receive a t-shirt and lunch.
The Pleasant Hill Annual Fishing Derby is on Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 to 12:00 pm at Copper Creek Lake Park (4390 E. University Avenue, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327) Kids up to age 13 are encouraged to attend. Parents are required to attend this event with their child. The first 150 kids will receive a gift bag and t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to bring a fishing rod, extra bait and tackle. Limited bait will be provided.
The 6th annual Big Creek Appreciation Day will be held on June 3 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Big Creek Lake (8550 NW 142nd Street, Polk City, IA 50226). Many activities are planned for the day including a kids fishing clinic.
West Des Moines
Join the WDM Police Department on Saturday, June 3 for the 18th annual Fishing Derby to be held at the City Hall Pond (4200 Mills Civic Pkwy West Des Moines, IA 50265). Registration starts at 8:45 am at WDM City Hall and fishing starts at 9:00 am. Teams must consist of at least one child under the age of 18 years of age and one adult 18 years old and up. Contestants must supply their own bait, tackle and poles. This is a catch and release event.
For additional information about fishing in Iowa here is a link to Iowa DNR’s 2017 Iowa Fishing Regulations.
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