Free fishing weekends reel in local fans

Angie Holland/The HeraldAmrik Vanden Berg hauled in a bass, with a helping hand from Keith Simmons. Seconds after the photo was taken, the bass slipped its hook and evaded Simmons' efforts at recapturing it by hand.

MAHASKA COUNTY — The Mahaska County Conservation Board is providing a free fishing event for kids and their family at the Russell Wildlife Area from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

The event will kick off with a picnic lunch. Hotdogs will be cooked over the campfire (while supplies last). If you come for the picnic, please bring your own drink and a side dish to share. MCCB will provide the hot dogs and table service.

At 1 p.m. We will hike to a pond and go fishing. For kids ages 18 and younger, awards will be given to the largest fish and smallest fish during this event.

This weekend is a free fishing weekend in Iowa, so residents of Iowa do not need a fishing license. No excuse not to bring out the entire family for an afternoon of fun.

Bring your own fishing pole or borrow one from MCCB. Bait (night crawlers) will be provided. Please register at the conservation center when you arrive.

This free event will be on Saturday, JUNE 8 from noon to 3 p.m. Here is our schedule of activities:

Noon-1 p.m. Campfire Lunch at the Shelter House. Come anytime within this hour to eat and register the kids.

1-2:45 p.m. Kids’ Fishing Derby (Ponds 3 & 4) After kids catch a fish – bring it to a volunteer to measure it and add it to the record sheet.

Awards: Largest Fish & Smallest Fish

Anyone age 16 and older will need to have an Iowa fishing license to go fishing at this event.

2:45–3 p.m. Awards presented at the Shelter House

For more information, contact the Mahaska County Conservation Board at (641)673-9327 Ext. 2. The Russell Wildlife Area is located at 2254 – 200th Street, New Sharon, IA. This is 4 miles north of Oskaloosa on Hwy. 63 and 1 mile east on 200th Street.

This press release was sent to the Herald.