FREE Fishing!

June 04, 2022 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Liberty Centre Pond - 650 W CHERRY ST, NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA 52317

Come spend your day enjoying fishing with Take A Kid Outdoors!

A FREE light breakfast will be served. Please help us reduce waste by bringing a water bottle, plates, silverware, and other lunch items. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Each year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hosts free fishing days, and the city's Parks and Recreation departments are partnering with Take a Kid Outdoors and other area organizations to provide a free morning of fishing and aquatics education on Saturday, June 4.

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The five Ws

Who: You! Free and no reservation needed. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
What: A morning of free fishing and aquatic education.
Where: Liberty Centre Pond, 820 W Cherry St, North Liberty.
When: Saturday, June 4 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Why: Try to catch anything from a bluegill to a catfish right here in town.

What to bring

  • Your fishing pole, or an ID to check one out.
  • A trout stamp, if you're fishing for trout. Although a fishing license isn't required during free fishing days, a trout stamp is if you're angling for trout.
  • Lawn chairs and blankets to relax on.
  • Your dog, if you'd like. They are welcome as long as they are on a leash and you clean up after them.
  • Sunscreen, even if it's a cloudy day.
  • A drink and snack if you'd like one, though a free, light breakfast will be served.

Who will be there
City of North Liberty with fishing supplies for checkout
TAKO with educational materials and a free, light breakfast
Representatives of Impact 7G  to lend a helping hand

How to get there and where to park
Liberty Center Pond is located between Penn and Cherry streets at 820 W Cherry St. Parking is available along residential side streets or at the Community Center at 520 W. Cherry St.
Skip the car and walk, bike or roller blade to the event! 

You also might be wondering
Public restrooms are available at the Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St.
Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and you clean up after them.
The use of tobacco, nicotine, vape and other electronic smoking devices are prohibited in North Liberty parks, trails and public recreation areas.

Who to thank

  • The North Liberty Optimist Club, who support a variety of programming for youth, provided financial support for this event.
  • Impact7G for their ongoing support of Take A Kid Outdoors
  • This event is part of the City Slate. The yearlong schedule of events is made possible by Adam Schechinger State Farm, Centro, Inc, The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID, GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, Hills Bank, MidWestOne Bank, Shive-Hattery, South Slope Cooperative, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Veridian Credit Union.

This event is weather dependent. Any cancellations or delays will be posted in the Facebook event. This event is part of the City Slate, a compilation of North Liberty’s largest and free city-produced events, with more than 40 events planned in 2022. Explore the schedule at


Who Needs a Fishing License?

For one weekend only (June 4th & 5th): NOBODY needs a fishing license to fish! (However, a trout stamp is still required to catch or possess trout. Check the DNR website for details.)

Normally (the other 363 days of the year), all anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license to fish
Iowa waters. Anglers under the age of 16 may fish Iowa waters without a fishing license and may fish for and keep their own limit of fish, except when fishing for trout they must share their limit with a licensed adult or buy their own trout fee to keep their own limit of trout. Click HERE to purchase your 2022 Iowa Fishing License

Questions about the event can be directed to TAKO Executive Director, Judy Joyce at (319)-330-2988 or by e-mail at


Support TAKO

TAKO is made possible by donations