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Fish for free Saturday
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The state’s free fishing day is slated for Saturday. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual day to increase interest in fishing. Pictured are Richard Brown, left, and Terry Stringer enjoying Monday fishing at Riverfront Park. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Tennessee’s 2020 Free Fishing Day is this Saturday, June 6. Everyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee public waters.

“We fish as often as we can,” said Terry Stringer, referring to himself and cousin Richard Brown. 

Brown added, “Every time we get a chance.”

They were two of several individuals at Riverfront Park on Monday fishing from the bank and piers.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual free fishing day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. 

The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this 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, which is June 12.

This year’s Free Fishing Day will be held under unusual circumstances. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled, including all TWRA-hosted events. Check TWRA’s youth fishing website for a complete list of events and cancellations. 

Despite having the organized events canceled, TWRA will still stock these locations with catfish before Saturday and encourages families to go fishing at a safe distance. 

“We regret that our personnel will not be able to attend or host the fishing events that we all enjoy, but safety is our top priority” said Frank Fiss, chief of TWRA Fisheries. “Despite this, we have continued the stocking process and hope families can go and enjoy the day.”

Free Fishing Day and Week apply to Tennessee 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 facility.