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Saturday is Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day, Start to Kids’ Free Fishing Week

The 2017 Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 10 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. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 16).

The day and week are annual events in Tennessee and are great opportunities to introduce children to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The agency annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events.

For a list of the events, visit the For Anglers section at Anglers and potential anglers should check the events list often since special events are frequently added.

Free Fishing Day and Week apply to Tennessee’s public waters, TWRA owned and operated lakes, and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay lakes and ponds continue to charge during this special day and week. Anglers will need to consult with those operators if there are any questions about a particular facility.

The license exemption only applies to state issued licenses. The City of Gatlinburg requires its own permit, which is not covered under the exemption.

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