Free Fishing Day This Saturday in Tennessee - No License Needed

Jun 08, 2021 at 10:05 am by WGNS


Rutherford County anglers will head out across the state this Saturday.  That's when the state holds its annual Free Fishing Day -- when anyone can fish for free without a license in any of Tennessee' public waters.  Communities plan special events to support Free Fishing Day.     

More Details: Tennessee’s 2021 Free Fishing Day is set for Saturday, June 12th when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters. Academy Sports + Outdoors has generously sponsored this year’s events statewide with fishing gear and giveaways.

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 to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational opportunity. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 18).

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. Many events are returning this year following being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. The TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events. A special thanks goes to Academy + Sports and other local sponsors for their support of Free Fishing events across Tennessee.

For a list of the events, visit here. 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 facility.

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