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 Free Fishing Day events geared toward youngsters

Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day is set for June 11 this year, with dozens of events for kids scheduled statewide.

All fishing on public waters will be free that day. Residents and non-residents (adults and youth) are exempt from license and permit requirements for that day. In addition, anyone age 15 and under may fish free for an entire week, beginning on Free Fishing Day and continuing through the following Friday, June 17.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and many other organizations are planning special fishing events that are primarily aimed at attracting youngsters to the outdoors.  With the number of events scheduled statewide, everyone should be able to find one near where they live. A list of Free Fishing Day events is available on TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org. Although most of the events are scheduled for June 11, some will be held on other dates. Remember: For events not held on Free Fishing Day, anyone age 13 and over will be required to possess appropriate licenses.

The site will be updated several times during the days prior to June 11. Once you log onto the website, click on “For Anglers” in the blue bars on the left side of the page, then “2011 Kids Fishing Events” at the top of the page.

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 continue to charge during this special day and week. Please consult with lake operators if you have any questions about the status of a particular facility. The following is a current list of events scheduled locally:

June 11

•Anderson County — Miller Island Access, Clinch River, 10 a.m.

•Anderson County — Big Ridge State Park, 8 a.m., ages 3 to 16.

•Scott County — Oneida City Park, 8 a.m., ages 3 to 15.