Statewide Iowa — Iowans need to dust off their rod and reel and get ready for free fishing this weekend.

Joe Larschied, the fisheries bureau chief with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s a family-friendly event where many parents or grandparents teach their kids or grandkids the time-honored skill.

You don’t have to worry about your fishing license for the weekend, which runs from now through Sunday, but there are important things to remember when casting a line.

He says you won’t have to travel far to find some sort of fishing activity this weekend.

Last year, the DNR stocked 165-million fish statewide, topping the previous record by nine-million fish.

For some fishing tips from the Iowa DNR, CLICK HERE.

Catch a memory when your favorite angler hooks their first fish! You can find the DNR’s First Fish Certificate by CLICKING HERE.

And to keep the fishing fun going all summer long, you can buy your Iowa Fishing License by CLICKING HERE.

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