The state’s Free Fishing Day has been set for June 8 this year.
This is a day when anyone can try angling without the need of a license. A number of organizations use this license-free day to hold a variety of events designed to introduce young people to sport fishing.
Area events include the second annual Morris Ferry Kid’s Fishing Rodeo from 7-11 a.m. at Morris Ferry Bank Fishing Park on Woods Reservoir. The event is hosted by the TWRA, Arnold Air Force Base and Gilliam’s Marine. Children up to 16 years of age may participate. The kids will mostly fish for stocked catfish. Food and soft drinks are available. Contact Nathan Singer at (615) 781-6630 or <Nathan.Singer@tn.gov> for more information.
Take a Kid Fishing Day at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy, 2161 Unionville-Deason Rd., is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. The Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, TWRA, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Backwoods Outreach Ministry, Wal-Mart, and Hatmaker’s Bait & Tackle will sponsor the event, which is for ages 4 to 15 years old. Catfish will be stocked for catching. Food, drinks, and bait will be provided. Anglers should bring their own fishing gear. Contact Larry Thurston at (615) 342-9304 or <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more info.
The 11th annual Kids Fishing Day happens in Fayetteville at Stone Bridge Park Pond at the intersection of Huntsville Highway and Highway 64 bypass. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with fishing scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon. Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, TWRA, Lincoln County Mayor and Commissioners and Wal-Mart are sponsors. Kids up to 12 years of age may participate.
Some tackle and bait will be available. If possible, bring your own equipment. There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks. Prizes will be given and trophies awarded for the top three fish. Contact Fayetteville Parks and Recreation at (931) 433-6059 or Keith Konyndyk (615) 339-3694 for additional information.