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Anyone can fish on Saturday June 9th without a license, Kids up to the age of 15 can continue to fish without a license between June 9th – June 15th. Clarksville to play host to youth fishing rodeo on June 9th.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee’s annual Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9th, a day when anyone may fish free without a license in the state’s public waters.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. The day allows everyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children. catfish
In addition, children ages 13-15 may continue fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 15th).
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 TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually provides several thousand pounds of fish for stocking for various events.
Clarksville’s Free Fishing Day Events
In Clarksville, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency along with the Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation will be holding the their annual Youth Fishing Rodeo for children up to age 16 at the pond at Liberty Park on June 9th, from 8:00am until 11:00am.
Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, biggest creel (most fish caught), smallest fish, and many more. Prizes usually include gift certificates from area businesses, as well as fishing equipment and other sporting-goods.
The event has not been held for the last few years due to construction on the new Liberty Park which has recently reopened.
The pond will freshly stocked by the State of Tennessee with catfish; so to ensure the kids all get a chance to catch a fish the pond will be closed to all anglers a few days before the event, sorry anglers!
Only one fishing pole will be allowed per child, and you should bring along bait that would be appropriate for catching catfish and sunfish, there are also bass in the lake.
Judging by previous years good fishing spots and parking Will be at a premium, so plan on arriving early!
Images from the 2009 Fishing Rodeo in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Around the State
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 continue to charge during this special day and week. Anglers may consult with lake operators if there are any questions about a particular facility.
Who Must Have a Tennessee Fishing License?
If you take fish or attempt to take fish (including crayfish) by any method or if you assist someone else to do so, you must have a valid fishing license. There are some exceptions:
No Fishing License Needed If:
About the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
The mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has come a long way since it was established in 1949 and was called the Game and Fish Commission. Completely reorganized in 1974, it now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and our visitors.
If you love outdoor sports – boating, hunting, fishing – and the natural world or if you just like to observe wildlife, build birdhouses, maintain a bird feeder or are just curious about the critters in your backyard – the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is here to help enrich your outdoor experience.
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TopicsBass, Bluegill, Catfish, City of Clarksville, Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation, Fishing, Free Fishing Day, Free Fishing Week, Liberty Park, Sunfish, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, youth fishing rodeo
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