Tennessee’s 2020 Free Fishing Day will go on as scheduled. The day is set for this Saturday, when anyone may fish free 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.
"The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children, to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option," officials said.
In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 12).
This year’s Free Fishing Day will be held under unusual circumstances, officials said.. 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 cancelled, 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, TWRA Fisheries chief. “Despite this, we have continued the stocking process and hope families can go and enjoy the day.”
"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 annually stocks several thousand pounds of catfish for Free Fishing Day," officials said.
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.