Celebrate Father’s Day with Free Fishing Weekend

By Beacon Staff

It’s Montana’s gift to Dad and Grandpa: free fishing over Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15. The state is once again waiving license fees for two days in celebration of Montana’s fathers.

“Whether you’re teaching a young one to bait a hook or casting a salmon fly, I hope Montanans will take advantage of this free fishing weekend and keep this important tradition thriving in the state,” Gov. Steve Bullock said.

Over Father’s Day weekend everyone in Montana can fish for free, and without a license, but one must follow all of Montana’s other fishing regulations. Each year more than 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Anglers spend about $240 million annually in Montana for things like transportation, food and guide fees. Additionally, for every dollar spent by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ fisheries program, anglers spend an extra $11 benefitting local communities and the state’s economy.

Bullock said he encourages everyone to have a fun time, but urges all to check conditions first and to always keep safety a top concern.

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