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Take down your fishin' pole: Saturday is free fishing day in Tennessee

staff and wire reports • Jun 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

“C'mon, take down your fishin’ poleand meet me at the fishin’ holeI can’t think of a better wayto pass the time of day”

Tennessee’s annual free fishing day is Saturday, when the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency allows fishing without a license in public waters. The TWRA stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events associated with free fishing day.

The annual event is part of an effort aimed primarily at youngsters to increase interest in fishing in the state. Children ages 13 through 15 will able to fish without a license Saturday through Friday, June 14.

The free day applies to all public waters in Tennessee, all TWRA-owned lakes and all state park system lakes.

A basic one-day fishing license for state residents costs $5.50, while an annual hunting and fishing license costs $28. No permit is required for children younger than 13.

Among the free fishing events scheduled for the East Tennessee area Saturday are:

• Cherokee Rod & Gun Club Kids Fishing Event, Cherokee Rod & Gun Club Pond, Kingsport

• Amis Mills Fish’o’rama, Big Creek at the Amis Mill Eatery, Rogersville

• Johnson County Youth Fishing Event, Ralph Stout Park, Mountain City

• Hardins Park City Pond Kids Fishing Event, Hardin Park City Pond, Greeneville

• Carter County Workforce Development Fishing Event, Workforce Development Campus Pond, Elizabethton

For more about free fishing events around the state, visit the TWRA website and scroll down to the East Tennessee list.

Fishing is growing in popularity in the United States. In 2011, 33.1 million people went fishing, an increase of 3.1 million people from the previous survey in 2006, according to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fishing accounted for $41.8 billion in outdoors expenditures in 2011, according to the survey.

For more about National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating that runs through June 9, visit the Take Me Fishing website.

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