June 9 is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama

At many of the free fishing events, such as the Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo, TWRA stocks channel catfish to insure plenty of action for the kids. (Photo: Richard Simms)

When folks are fishing and see that boat with the green and orange TWRA logo coming their way, they can’t help but get a little nervous. The guys tap their hip packet, checking for a wallet and asking themselves, “Did I remember to bring my license.”

Rain or shine, kids will always line the banks at the most popular Free Fishing Day events. The annual Chuck Copeland Memorial Kids Fishing Rodeo in Spring City is one of the longest-running and largest such events in Southeast Tennessee. It is named in honor of Chuck Copeland, a TWRA Fisheries Technician who organized the original events, but passed away of a heart attack years ago. (Photo: Richard Simms)

On Saturday, June 9, you can forget about that. It is the 2018 Free Fishing Day when anyone can fish 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.

In addition, children ages 15 and younger can fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 15).

TWRA and numerous other groups and organizations hold special events all across the state on Free Fishing Day.

Bent rods are what it’s all about to insure kids are having a good time on the water. It is often a day that kids and parents will remember for a lifetime. (Photo: Richard Simms)

All are listed on this TWRA web page including those in Southeast Tennessee (Region 3) such as the Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo in Spring City, the Lakesite Fishing Rodeo, the Fall Creek Falls Fishing Derby, Town of Kimball Fishing Rodeo, Grundy Lakes Fishing Rodeo and several others.

Read more about the great prizes and special events at the Spring City Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo here.

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Richard Simms is a professional journalist and fishing guide in Chattanooga. (See www.ScenicCityFishing.com) He is also a former wildlife officer for TWRA, a book author and a self-proclaimed "River Rat" with a sincere desire for spreading the message about our bountiful natural resources and the people charged with using, or protecting them.


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