Annual Illinois Free Fishing Days scheduled for Father’s Day weekend

Annual Illinois Free Fishing Days scheduled for Father’s Day weekend

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The annual Free Fishing Days in Illinois is in full swing for this weekend.

It’s a four-day event when anglers can fish without buying a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.

This is brought about every year by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. People we caught up with say it's a great way to get outdoors, especially after being stuck at home for so long due to the coronavirus.

"It's just good to have it back open and be able to come out here without worrying about, there's still a threat of COVID but not as much as it used to be and we just wanted to be out with being quarantined in our homes," Dylan Seders said.

Seders said it's great that IDNR gives this opportunity for those that may want to try their hand at fishing.

"I know for a while they just kind of shut down everything and we couldn't even go to some of our favorite fishing spots because IDNR shut down everything," Seders said. "But the fact that they made it free fishing where you don't have to have your license or anything, it gives the chance for a lot of people to go fishing and some people that may want to try it out, the opportunity to try it out."

The annual Free Fishing Days is scheduled until June 22.

You can click here for some fishing spots.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminded anglers to check the hours of their favorite spot before they head out.

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