June 9 is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama

At many of the free fishing events, such as the Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo, TWRA stocks channel catfish to insure plenty of action for the kids. (Photo: Richard Simms)

When folks are fishing and see that boat with the green and orange TWRA logo coming their way, they can't help but get a little nervous. The guys tap their hip packet, checking for a wallet and asking themselves, "Did I remember to bring my license."

On Saturday, June 9, you can forget about that. It is the 2018 Free Fishing Day when anyone can fish 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 can fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 15).

TWRA and numerous other groups and organizations hold special events all across the state on Free Fishing Day. All are listed on this TWRA web page including those in Southeast Tennessee (Region 3) such as the Lakesite Fishing Rodeo, Fall Creek Falls Fishing Derby, Town of Kimball Fishing Rodeo, Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo, Grundy Lakes Fishing Rodeo and several others.