Fishing

Anglers enjoy a day of fishing at Roper Lake State Park in Graham County.

PHOENIX — Anglers can fish Arizona waters for free Saturday, June 1, only, making this an ideal time to take the family out for some fun and relaxing outdoor recreation.

Arizona’s Free Fishing Day will be celebrated June 1 this year as part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 1-9.

During that Saturday only, no fishing licenses are required for persons fishing any public waters in Arizona. Just remember that bag limits and other fishing regulations are in full effect and must be observed during Free Fishing Days.

Children under the age of 10 can fish for free all year long in Arizona, so this special fishing license exemption day means that the older children and parents get a free pass for the day.

Times and locations of the scheduled events are:

• Lake Pleasant, 7-10 a.m., Lake Pleasant Access Rd., Peoria. See more information, including directions.

• Goldwater Lake, Prescott, 8 a.m. to noon.

• Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 8 a.m. to noon. Channel catfish will have been stocked just prior to the event. Entrance fees to the state park will be waived for participating fishermen (check in at the front gate).

• Kaibab Lake, Williams, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet near group ramada.

• Lees Ferry. 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the boat launch. Please be mindful of special regulations in this area: the limit is two rainbow trout per day; artificial fly and lure only; barbless hooks only.

AZGFD will also sponsor some free fishing day clinics/events to give people the opportunity to try out this fun, family-oriented pastime. Loaner fishing rods, bait and instruction are provided for free at most of these venues. Bait is provided and loaner rods are available for fishing events.

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