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Free Fishing Day: Introduce a Novice or Youngster to Fishing

June 1 is Free Fishing Day: A great time to introduce a novice or youngster to fishing

Many anglers have friends who have never been fishing but are curious to learn. One of the best ways to introduce them to this long-standing pastime is to take them out on Arizona’s Free Fishing Day.

This year, June 1 is the perfect time to do it, as the Arizona Game and Fish Department will not require fishing licenses at any state waters or community lakes as part of National Free Fishing Day.

“The goal of Free Fishing Day is to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, spend quality time with friends and family, and experience the fun of fishing,” says Chase Newlon, AZGFD R3 fishing coordinator. “Many people who experience fishing for the first time enjoy it so much that they buy a license so they can continue enjoying it all year.”

Fishing is already a bargain. Arizona fishing licenses start at just $37 for resident adults (18 and older) and $55 for nonresident adults. A combination hunt and fish license for youths (ages 10-17, residents or nonresidents) is only $5.

While a fishing license is not needed on June 1, bag limits and other Arizona fishing regulations still apply and must be observed on Free Fishing Day. Children under 10 can fish for free all year in Arizona.

For information about fishing and license regulations and places to go, visit www.azgfd.gov.

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