Free Father's Day fishing brings families together


MISSOULA, Mont. - It's Father's Day "Fish for Free" weekend and Sunday is the last day.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks created the event back in 2011 to allow families to fish without licenses for two days but fishing regulations still apply.

It brought out Missoula resident Jason Buck and his two sons to Sha-Ron fishing access in East Missoula.

It's his first choice on Father's Day and his sons say they love to fish with dad.

"It's the best and our future. They make me feel special just watching them," said Missoula resident Jason Buck.

"I like to fish with my dad sometimes and I like to go hiking up the mountain with dad because I love to," said 4-year-old son Austin Buck.

"He does a lot of special things for me because he loves me," said 7-year-old son Evan Buck.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks say anglers spend about $240 million annually in Montana for transportation, food, and guide fees. Every dollar spent by FWP's fisheries program, anglers spend an extra $11 helping local communities and the state's economy.