By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Anglers across Cache Valley, including Franklin County and throughout Idaho can fish for free across the state on Saturday, June 8. It’s “Free Fishing Day.” All reservoirs in Franklin County have been stocked with catchable rainbow trout from the Grace Hatchery.
“We usually stock Treasureton, Lamont, Johnson, Glendale, Weston and Winder reservoirs, as well as Legacy Lake in Franklin, well before Memorial Day,” said David Teuscher, fisheries manager with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, who is based in Pocatello.
“But this year we had to delay our stocking efforts because of Cormorant sea birds that eat newly stocked rainbow trout. We delayed stocking efforts to let the birds migrate to nesting areas along the Snake River and at Blackfoot Reservoir.”
Teuscher said Grace Hatchery personnel planted catchable trout just before the Memorial Day weekend. Fish have also been placed in the Cub and Bear rivers.
“Even if you or your kids do not know how to fish, there will be plenty of helpful hands at the various events to assist with fishing basics, from baiting a hook to reeling in a catch. Poles, bait and other gear will be available for use for free at the events while supplies last,” said Jennifer Jackson, regional educator with IDFG.
Several events are scheduled throughout southeastern Idaho on Free Fishing Saturday. The events closest to Franklin County are at Grace Fish Hatchery and at Kelly Park Pond in Soda Springs.
The event at Grace is hosted by IDFG and runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anglers aged 14 and younger are welcome to participate. All kids under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult, according to Jackson.
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