Each year, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Nashville sponsors a free fishing day. The event this year is Saturday, June 9, and along with the free fishing day, there will be a catfish rodeo fishing event at Shelby Park in Nashville for kids.
From the TN.gov website we find this information –
“Tennessee’s annual Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 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 anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children. In addition, children ages 13-15 may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 15).
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.”
The information on the Shelby Park fishing event for kids is listed below –
Event name: 10th annual catfish rodeo
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Times: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Host organization: Cumberland River Compact, TWRA, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Metro Nashville Parks
Expected number of participants: 400-500
Age Limits: 5 to 16 years of age
Contact information: Mike Bramlett
Website: Cumberland River Compact
Onsite registration for the Shelby Park fishing event for kids begins at 7:00 am
– Fishing is from 8:30 am to 10:30 am for ages 5 to 16
– Participant should provide their fishing gear, tackle and bait.
– Some bait will be available for purchase.
– No artificial lures and anglers under 13 must have parent or gaurdian
– Stocked catfish
The other fishing events for kids in the Nashville area are listed below, as shown on the TWRA 2012 Kids Fishing Events page –
June 9, 2012, Robertson County Annual Fishing Rodeo, J. Travis Price Park, Springfield, TN
June 9, 2012, 10th Annual Catfish Rodeo, Shelby Park Lake, Nashville, TN
June 9, 2012, Cannon County Youth Fishing Rodeo, East Fork Stones River, Woodbury, TN
June 9, 2012, Buckner Park Fishing Rodeo, Buckner Park, Dickson, TN
June 9, 2012, George Gregory Kid’s Fishing Event, Williamsport Lakes/WMA, Williamsport, TN
June 9, 2012, Kingston Springs Fishing Rodeo, Kingston Springs City Park, Kingston Springs, TN
June 9, 2012, Family Fishing Day Event at Laurel Hill Lake, Laurel Hill Lake, Lawrenceburg, TN
June 9, 2012, Bedford County Free Fishing Day, TN Fire and Codes Academy, Bell Buckle, TN
June 9, 2012, Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park, Fishing Rodeo, Gallatin, TN
June 9, 2012, Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Fishing Rodeo, Memorial Park, Hendersonville, TN
June 9, 2012, Fayetteville Parks and Rec. and Lincoln Co. Commission, 8’th Annual Kids Fishing Day, Stone Bridge Park Pond, Fayetteville, TN
June 9, 2012, Rutherford County Fishing Event – (note: location change), Percy Priest WMA, Unit 1 , Lavergne, TN
June 9, 2012, Marshall County Free Fishing Day Event, New Lake, Lewisburg, TN
June 9, 2012, Annual TWRA and Clarksville Parks and Rec, Youth Fishing Rodeo, Liberty Park, Clarksville, TN
June 9, 2012, Bowie Park, Fishing Rodeo, Bowie Park, Fairview, TN
June 9, 2012, 1st Annual Morris Ferry, Kids Fishing Event, Morris Ferry Bank Fishing Park, Woods Reservoir
June 9, 2012, Couchville Lake, Kids Fishing Event, Long Hunter State Park, Hermitage, TN
Go fish and have fun on Tennessee’s free fishing day on Saturday, June 9, 2012!