Iowa Department of Natural announces free fishing weekend

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Des Moines, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Iowa residents may fish without a license next weekend.

The department has announced their free fishing weekend will run June 3-5. Although purchasing a license won’t be required, all other fishing regulations will still be in place.

Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau, says he hopes the initiative prompts anglers to purchase an annual fishing license. He says the money allows the bureau to produce and stock over 160 million fish yearly, conduct research, construct fish habitat and improve water quality.

Hands-on activities will be offered across the state to teach parents and kids the basics of fishing. A list of events is available at

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