Saturday is free fishing day in Nevada

Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Nevada, the only day when anglers don’t need a fishing license or trout stamp to fish public waters.

All limits and other regulations apply.

“Free Fishing Day provides the perfect opportunity for families to spend the day together in an activity they may have never tried before,” said Chris Vasey, regional outdoor education coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. NDOW has planted fish in many of Nevada’s waters to increase participants chances of landing a fish Saturday.

An annual fishing license in Nevada costs $29, $13 for children ages 12 to 15 years or seniors 65 years or older. Short-term permits are available for $9.

Although fishing is free in all public waters Saturday, there are special events planned at sites throughout the state. In Southern Nevada, these include:

■ Veterans Memorial Park Pond, Boulder City — Event includes a fishing derby and informational booths. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the event will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The first 300 children who register will receive a free tackle box. More information: Contact Ivy Santee at (702) 486-5127, extension 3503.

■ Floyd Lamb Park, northwest corner of the valley near Durango Boulevard and Highway 95 — Wildlife personnel will loan fishing rods and tackle beginning at 7:30 a.m. Gear must be returned by 10 a.m. More information: Contact Christie Garness at (702) 249-5877.

■ Echo Canyon State Park, near Pioche — The annual fishing derby will run from 8 a.m. to noon. More information: Contact ranger Ben Johnson at (775) 962-5102.