by Harley McAllister
If your child has ever expressed interest in fishing, but you just don't have a lot of experience with that and aren't sure where to begin, then you have a great opportunity in front of you next weekend. Washington and Idaho are both offering free fishing days this coming Saturday June 11th where no fishing license is required. Actually, kids under 14 don't need a license to fish in either state, but this is an opportunity for you to show them the ropes without incurring additional expense for yourself.
In Washington you get both days of the weekend where anyone can fish without a license. More info here.
Idaho goes further in offering events aimed at kids where they have information booths, food, and sometimes free giveaways of gear to youngsters. We've benefited from these over the years as the photos will attest, and you don't have to be an ID resident to partake. More info is available here.
So if you are wanting to get your kids started fishing but are a little intimidated, this is a great place to start. Go to the Idaho link and find a place close by where they are offering clinics, and you won't be disappointed. These days are really all about showing the kids a good time and they do a good job of making it fun to help get kids interested in fishing - and away from the electronics!
So go out and make it happen next Saturday.
Harley & Abby McAllister
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