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Posted on: June 1, 2020


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Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 5, 6 and 7 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.

To celebrate the free fishing weekend, Johnston Parks & Recreation would like to provide a no-cost a free fishing weekend family pack on Friday, June 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway. 

The pack will include a hook, weighted bobber, 2020 DNR fishing regulations, fishing guide, a fish I.D. card game, and will be available to the first 50 families. The packets can be picked up as a drive-thru service. As you drive-up, please remain in your vehicle and a Parks & Recreation staff member with gloves and a face mask will hand you your family pack, and you can proceed through the parking lot toward the exit without leaving your vehicle.

The free fishing weekend is a great time to take kids fishing. Outdoor fun awaits at hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers, or the neighborhood ponds in Johnston. There are plenty of options to help you find a spot that is less crowded, so you can easily keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and other groups.  If the parking lot is full when you get to a fishing spot, pick a new location, or come back at a time that is not so busy like early morning or later at night.

Find a list of stocked lakes and ponds that are easily accessible in parks and along trails on the Iowa DNR’s interactive Iowa Community Fisheries Atlas at

Get tips for taking kids fishing and catching crappie and bluegills on the DNR website at

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