Free Fishing Day in Tennessee this weekend

At many of the free fishing events, TWRA stocks channel catfish to insure plenty of action for the kids. (Photo: Richard Simms)

No fishing license, no problem - at least in Tennessee this Saturday (June 10, 2017). It is Free Fishing Day when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 16).

It's a prime time to introduce kids to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. TWRA, along with dozens of other groups across the state, organize special fishing events. At many of these events TWRA stocks fish to insure some action for the kids.

In the Chattanooga area the City of Lakesite will hold a Fishing Rodeo for kids 2-15 years of age on Saturday from 8 am until Noon at 9300 Thrasher Trail, Lakesite, Tenn. For more information contact Dan Maxwell at 423-842-2533 or

One of the longest-running and largest free fishing rodeos in Southeast Tennessee is the annual Chuck Copeland Memorial Kids Fishing Rodeo in Spring City, Tennessee. This year's event goes from 9 am until Noon (registration begins at 7 am) at Veterans Park. That event attracts hundreds of kids and offers an amazing array of prizes for the youngsters (12 and under only) who attend. For more information contact TWRA's Brandon Ragland at 423-476-1404 or

For a list of dozens of other Free Fishing Day events, go to this TWRA webpage. (For events in the Chattanooga region, click the "Region 3" Tab)

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