Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Whether you cast a fly or bait a hook everyone can fish for free Saturday and Sunday as Montana invites friends and family statewide to kick back in celebration of Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.
"While many Montana anglers want to keep their favorite fishing hole a secret, one thing that isn’t a secret is that our state is home to some of the best rivers, lakes, and streams for fishing in the world," said Gov. Steve Bullock . "I encourage Montanans to take advantage of this free fishing weekend, and maybe even show off their secret fishing spot to a child or grandchild."
Bullock said there's no better way to enjoy Montana than to plan for a day of fishing with friends and family.
"Over Father's Day weekend everyone in Montana can fish for free—and without a license—just remember that everyone must follow all of Montana's other fishing regulations," Bullock said.
As Montana fishing soothes mind, body and soul, fishing recreation also provides jobs and spurs the state's economy. Each year about 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Montana anglers spend more than $900 million annually for things like equipment for the trip, transportation, food, beverages, lodging, guide fees and other expenses.
Montana's most popular fishing waters include the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, Bitterroot and Gallatin rivers; and Canyon Ferry, Flathead, Georgetown, Hauser, and Fort Peck lakes.
The state's "fish for free" weekend was established in 2011 as the state's Father's Day gift to dads everywhere.
Bullock said he encourages everyone to have a fun time but also urged all to check conditions first and to always keep safety a top concern.
The free fishing promotion is set Saturday and Sunday over Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.