The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option, especially for youngsters. To that end, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license starting on Free Fishing Day and running through Friday, June 15.
The TWRA, which annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events, is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters.
Among the area events offered on Free Fishing Day are:
Cherokee Rod and Gun Club Catfish Derby: For ages 4-12, on a private pond located at 4280 Reservoir Road, Kingsport (hosted by Cherokee Rod and Gun Club, Walmart, Mahoney's, Dicks Sporting Goods, Bass Pro, Cabelas, TWRA; contact Carl Lane at (423) 215-0477 or [email protected] with questions)
Free Fishing Day at the Park: For ages 0-14, at City Park Pond, 331 Park Blvd., Rogersville (hosted by Rogersville Parks and Recreation, TWRA; contact Brice Lackey at (423) 272-2545 or [email protected] with questions)
Free Fishing Day-Mountain City: For ages 0-15, at Ralph Stout Park Pond, 210 South Church Street, Mountain City (hosted by TNT Outdoors, Watson's Marine, TWRA; contact Greg Tester at (423) 483-3372 or [email protected] with questions)
Kid's Catfish Tournament: For ages 0-12, at Carter County Workforce Development Complex Pond, 386 Highway 91, Judge Don Lewis Blvd., Elizabethton (hosted by Carter County Workforce Development, TWRA; contact Kim Eggers at (423) 542-3649 with questions)
Click here to see a full list of kids’ fishing events in Tennessee.
The free fishing event applies to Tennessee’s public waters, TWRA-owned and -operated lakes and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay lakes and ponds continue to charge.
(Information from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.)