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FREE FISHING DAY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY

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It's free. All you've got to do is cast a line . . . and wait.

It's Free Fishing Day in Utah this Saturday. For this one day a year, a fishing license isn't required. Thus the title Free Fishing Day.Anglers can hook and keep their catches, as long as they fall within legal limits and are hooked is legal ways.

It's also Free State Park Day. Which means you can go fishing and/or spend the day in one of the 45 state parks without having to pay the regular day-use fee.

There are even fishing poles and reels out there for use at no charge. Six centers around the Salt Lake Valley have fishing outfits for checkout . . . yes, also free.

Free fishing, free camping, free use of a rod and reel.

And, in anticipation of the day, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has planted many of the state's more popular fishing spots with catchable-size trout.

All of Utah's parks will have their doors wide open. People will be able to use any of the park's facilities without charge. If they stay overnight, however, it will cost the regular park fee. And, if they golf at one of the three park courses, fees will be as they always are.

This is, says Courtland Nelson, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation, a way of saying thanks to the regular visitors for "their patronage and support, while encouraging those who may have never visited a state park to see what they're missing."

One reasons for the events is to introduce or re-introduce fishing to Utah.

Many of the state's youngsters cannot afford the fishing equipment or a license, and therefore have no opportunity to fish.

Several groups around the state are attempting to break down some of those barriers.

There will be a number of other events tied in with the day.

At Fairmont Park, for example, the Salt Lake County Fish and Game will be holding a fishing derby for kids 16 and under. Youngsters will be able to fish for one hour. Cards for fishing hours are available at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, all Angler's Inn stores and Allied Development stores.

Cards will be given out for specific one-hour fishing times.

Fish will be planted in the park's pond for kids to catch and keep. There will also be members of the SLCFG there to offer instruction and tips to young fishermen. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a Pathway to Fishing on the Ogden River Parkway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Classes will start every five minutes. Fishermen will move from station to station, where experts will offer instruction on several different aspect of fishing. A complete session will run about 60 minutes.

Some of the more popular fishing spots on Saturday will be those close to populated areas, such as East Canyon, Rockport, Echo, Willard, Pineview, Utah Lake, Lost Creek, Deer Creek, an some of the nearby rivers, such as the Weber, Ogden and Provo.