PHOENIX — Pack the tackle, bait, bobber, poles and fishing lines because Arizona's "Free Fishing Day" is Saturday, June 1.
While kids 10 and younger do not need a license to fish in Arizona, everyone older than that does.
Fishing licenses normally range between $24 for a "community license," which allows people to fish at urban ponds and lakes around the Valley, to $37 for a general fishing license and $57 for a combined hunting and fishing license. You can buy a license here.
On Saturday, June 1, everyone will be able to throw out a cast or two without a license.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will also have free clinics with loaner fishing poles, bait, and instructions at a handful of lakes around the state. The closest one to the Valley is at Lake Pleasant. That event is sponsored by Maricopa County Parks.
- Lake Pleasant (Peoria): From 7 a.m. - 10 a.m., rangers will have free poles to fish at Lake Pleasant. You will need to bring your own bait, lures, hot dogs, and corn. Follow the "Family Fishing Fun" signs. There is a $7 parking fee per vehicle.
Other clinics are being held at Goldwater Lake in Prescott, Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Kaibab Lake in Williams, and Lees Ferry near the Arizona-Utah border.
There are 29 urban community lakes/ponds in Maricopa County that are stocked with fish throughout the year. See when the lakes are being stocked with fish, and what kind.
Alvord Lake (Cesar Chavez Park)
Cortez Lake (Cortez Park)
Desert West Lake (Desert West Park and Sports Complex)
Encanto Lake (Encanto Park)
Steele Indian School Pond (Steele Indian School Park)
Roadrunner Pond (Roadrunner Park)
Papago Ponds (Papago Park)
Bonsall Pond (Bonsall Park)
Surprise Lake (Surprise Community Park)
Friendship Pond (Friendship Park)
Dave White Regional Park Pond (Dave White Regional Park)