Take a Break with Family and Friends During Iowa Free Fishing Weekend

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DES MOINES – As Iowa gears up for Free Fishing Weekend, June 6-8, families can get hooked on the benefits of reducing stress and spending time together while fishing.

“Iowa is home to more than 300 lakes and more than 10,000 miles of fishable streams, providing plenty of fishing opportunities,” says Marion Conover, DNR Fisheries bureau chief. “And for beginners, Free Fishing Weekend could be just the time to learn more about the sport as the DNR and other organizations host dozens of clinics and events across the state.”

Fishing is a known stress reliever, and spending time outdoors is an excellent way to encourage a healthy lifestyle in your family. In a recent survey conducted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, 88 percent of anglers listed “relaxing” as the number one benefit of fishing and 70 percent listed “reduced tension” as the second greatest benefit.

Additionally, a higher percentage of anglers said they had good relationships with their children, are happily married, feel fit and healthy, and are satisfied with life, than the general population.

“When you get a fishing pole in your hand, the only thing to worry about is where to cast and what bait to use,” said Conover. “Everything else can go away for a little while.”

Plenty of opportunities to learn more about fishing and how to hook one on are available across Iowa this weekend, June 6-8, which is Free Fishing Weekend for Iowa residents.

Two major events hosted by the DNR will occur on June 7 at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo, and at Cedar Lake in Cedar Rapids, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishing experts will be on hand with suggestions for the best ‘family friendly’ places to fish, equipment and bait recommendations, and more. First 150 visitors get a free hot dog and chips. Everyone receives a goody bag with bobbers, fishing tackle and helpful information. Other major prizes also will be given away.

Other fishing clinics hosted by county conservation boards and other organization will take place in the following counties: Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Fayette, Hancock, Harrison, Howard, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Linn, Lyon, O’Brien, Page, Pottawattamie, Sac, Scott, Story, Taylor, Wapello and Woodbury. A listing of complete details on these clinics and other fishing events can be viewed at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/education/cfshent.html