The summer has just begun and your kids are already starting to tell you how bored they are. Well, at least for this Saturday, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has a plan, and here’s the best part…it’s free.
Nevada Free Fishing Day is one day only: this Saturday, June 13, 2015. On Free Fishing Day anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.
The Sparks Rotary, in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, City of Sparks Parks and Recreation and the local Safari Club International, is sponsoring a Kids Free Fishing Day event at the Sparks Marina from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.
In addition to every child receiving a free t-shirt and a free fishing pole, the event will also include fun booths along with representatives from the Sparks Fire Department, Sparks Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and the Coast Guard. Thousands of dollars worth of prizes and fishing gear will also be handed out at the event.
"Free Fishing Day provides the perfect opportunity for families to spend the day together in an activity they may have never tried before," said Aaron Keller, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Regional Outdoor Education Coordinator. He adds that NDOW has stocked fish in many of Nevada’s waters in preparation for Saturday. "Your chances should be pretty good for catching a fish," he said.
This event is designed to provide children of all ages the opportunity to participate and be successful in the art of angling in a non-competitive atmosphere. NDOW and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have placed a net in the marina in a special kids section and stocked 8,000 trout in the netted area in an effort to increase the chances of catching fish. For those novice anglers, volunteers will be on hand to help anyone who may need a hand.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event will be on the South Shore of Sparks Marina located at 300 Howard Drive.
Keller points out that even if you can’t make it out to the Sparks Marina, Free Fishing Day is not only for these events.
"Remember, Free Fishing Day is statewide. People are allowed to fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp," said Keller. "We want people to get out there and check out all the great waters that Nevada has to offer, and maybe if you like what you see, you will think about buying a license for the year or a short term permit."
An annual fishing license in Nevada costs $29, $13 for a junior (12 - 15 years of age) or a senior (65 years of age or older) fishing license, and $9 for a short term fishing permit.
NDOW is holding several events across the state during Free Fishing Day. You can learn more about these events at the Department of Wildlife’s website at www.ndow.org.
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