Tue May 13 15:40:00 MDT 2014
Here's the perfect gift for Dad and Grandpa: free fishing for all over Father's Day weekend, June 14-15.
"There is no better way to enjoy Montana with friends and family than to plan for a day of fishing," said Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena said. "You can fish without a license on June 14 and June 15, but you must follow all of Montana's other fishing regulations."
In total, each year more than 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Anglers spend about $240 million annually in Montana for things like transportation, food and guide fees. For every dollar spent by FWP's fisheries program, anglers spend an additional $11 benefitting local communities and the state's economy.
Montana's most popular waters include the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, Bitterroot and Gallatin rivers; and Canyon Ferry, Flathead, Georgetown, Hauser, and Fort Peck lakes.
"Montana's 'fish for free' weekend is the state's Father's Day gift to dad's everywhere," Hagener said. "We want everyone to have a fun time, so we're also encouraging folks to check conditions first and to always keep safety as their top concern."
The free fishing promotion is set for Father's Day weekend, June 14-15.