By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
Iowa residents may fish without a license Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, during the DNR’s annual free fishing weekend.
“We want people to fish because it is a good, wholesome activity,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau, in a press release.
Since kids can fish for free in the state until age 16, the weekend is largely geared toward adults, said local DNR conservation officer Burt Walters.
“It gives people the chance to try it and see if they like it,” he said. “It’s like going to a basketball game without having to buy a ticket. If they like it, we hope they’ll go out and buy a license.”