Dig up some worms and break out the poles! The Department of Natural Resources is offering Iowans a free weekend of fishing.

Iowa residents can fish without worrying about a license today through Sunday, June 7th, 8th and 9th. It's an annual tradition called the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Free Fishing Weekend.

“Grab your family and your poles, hook a memory, and don’t let go,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “The memories are always bigger than the fish.”

Free fishing weekend is a great time to take your kids or grandchildren on a nature tour. Or maybe invite a neighbor to come along. There are hundreds of lakes in Iowa, and  thousands of miles of rivers. You can find a list of stocked lakes and ponds that are easily accessible on the Iowa DNR’s website.

There are plenty of fun, hands-on fishing events taking place across Iowa to help families new to fishing get started. Check the general fishing calendar in this section of the DNR website for a list of free fishing events.