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Arizona Free Fishing Day: Everything you need to know

Posted at 3:33 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 18:33:58-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — On Saturday, June 1, Arizonans can fish in any public waters in the state completely free and without a license.

Arizona's Free Fishing Day is being held as part of National Fishing and Boating Week.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be holding events at specific locations, providing loaner fishing rods, bait and instruction.

"Remember that bag limits and other fishing regulations are in full effect and must be observed during Free Fishing Days. Kids 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 kids and parents get a free pass for the day," AZGFD said in a press release.

The events on June 1 will be held at:

  • Lake Pleasant, 7-10 a.m., Lake Pleasant Access Rd., Peoria. See more information, including directions. A $7 parking fee will remain in place.
  • Goldwater Lake, Prescott, 8 a.m.-noon
  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 8 a.m.-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.-noon. Meet near group ramada.
  • Lees Ferry. 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the boat launch. Please be mindful of special regulations in this area: the limit is 2 rainbow trout per day; artificial fly and lure only; barbless hooks only. See pg. 19 of online Fishing Regulations for more details.

Throughout the rest of the year, a fishing license is $37 for residents and $55 for non-residents.

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