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FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 31, 2022) — Try your hand at fishing in Kentucky at no charge during free fishing weekend, June 4-5. To help celebrate family fishing, several communities around the state are offering special free fishing events for kids on Saturday, June 4.
With summer almost here, the first weekend of June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and enjoy spending time with family and friends at the state's beautiful lakes, streams and rivers.
Whether you are visiting from outside the state or you live in Kentucky, free fishing weekend is open to all. You won't need a fishing license or a trout permit, but make sure you still follow the size and number limits by species of fish you choose to keep.
Need help getting started? Visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' website at fw.ky.gov and type, “Learn to Fish," in the search box. Here you'll find instructional videos covering knot tying and preparing a fish for the table.
Don't know where to fish? Click the “Fishing" tab on the department website to access the annual fishing forecast for great tips and places to try.
The fishing page also includes a link to the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) lakes. FINs offers dozens of easily accessible, specially stocked lakes near population centers throughout the state.
Want to take the kids or grandkids fishing but still not quite sure where to go? Considering dropping by one of the following free fishing events on Saturday, June 4. All listed times listed are local.
Bullitt CountyYouth Fishing DerbyHorticulture Area Road Shepherdsville, Ky.9 a.m.-1 p.m.Directions: From I-65 at Exit 112, turn onto KY 245; right onto Horticulture Area Road. (Near Bernheim Forest, across from Jim Beam Distillery) Campbell CountyAlexandria Community Park3965 Alexandra DriveAlexandra, Ky.10 a.m.-noonAges 14 and underFree lunch and T-shirt while supplies last
Clay CountyDaniel Boone National ForestLittle Double Creek PondPond located behind Redbird District Office91 Peabody RoadBig Creek, Ky.9 a.m.-noonAges 3-15Register onsite beginning at 8 a.m.Children must be accompanied by an adult Daviess CountyTake a Kid Fishing EventPanther Creek Park Lake5160 Wayne Bridge RoadOwensboro, Ky.Ages 3-15Children must be accompanied by an adultFishing from 9-11 a.m.Registration opens at 8 a.m.Bring your own fishing pole; limited loaner equipment and bait availableDoor prizes; grand prize for catching tagged fishHot dog, chips, water provided for participants
1 Sportsman's LaneFrankfort, Ky.Upper lake next to main building open to kids ages 15 and younger from 9 a.m.-noon; open to all ages afterwardSpecial stocking of fish Friday afternoon; upper lake closed from noon Friday until Saturday fishing eventLower lake will remain open to all agesLimited equipment and bait available on first-come, first-served basis Kenton CountyKids Fishing DerbyMiddleton-Mills Park3415 Mills RoadCovington, Ky.9 a.m.-noonKids of all agesCatch and release tournament, prizesBait and equipment providedConcessions sold at park Laurel CountyLaurel-London Optimist ClubKY 6266/Reed Road, just off the Hal Rogers Parkway, approximately 3½ miles east of the KY 192 intersection in London. Look for signs.Ages 5-128:30-11:30 a.m. Register onsite beginning at 7:30 a.m. McCracken CountyNoble Park Fish OutLake Gerry Montgomery2801 Park AvenuePaducah, Ky.Catch and release 9-11 a.m.Ages 5-12Limited equipment and bait available Goodie bags for first 75 kids registeredPrizes for fishing contestRegistration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Noble Park Shelter 10For more information: 270-444-8508 McCreary CountyKids Fishing DerbyBarren Fork Horse CampgroundBarren Fork Road Pond located 1 mile from Stearns District Office, 3320 U.S. 27N, Whitley City, Ky8-11 a.m.Ages 5-15 accompanied by an adultHot dog lunch and prizesFor more information: 606-376-5323, ext. 108 Montgomery CountyEasy Walker Park Pond1395 Osborne Road Mt. Sterling, Ky.Ages 15 and underRegistration begins at 8 a.m., first cast at 9 a.m.Free hot dogs and drinks (while supplies last)Prizes and casting contest
Cave Run Kids Fishing DerbyMinor Clark Fish Hatchery120 Fish Hatchery RoadMorehead, Ky.Ages 15 and underOnline registration through 6 p.m. (EDT) on May 31: https://bit.ly/3NbCoEwChildren must be accompanied by an adultGrounds open at 6 a.m., fishing from 7-11 a.m.Note: Some walk-ups will be accepted on the day of the event until capacity is reached Russell CountyCatch a Rainbow Kids Fishing DerbyHatchery Creek at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery50 Kendall RoadJamestown, Ky.9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Up to 15 years old; times staggered for different agesKids 5 and up must provide own equipment; no fly rodsKiddie pool fishing with equipment provided for kids under 5, 9 a.m.-noonRegister at location 30 minutes in advanceFor more information: www.friendsofwolfcreeknfh.com
Trigg CountyKids Fishing Day at Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Visitor's Center 238 Visitor Center DriveGolden Pond, Ky.10 a.m.-2 p.m.Fishing poles and bait provided
If you're paddling one of Kentucky's beautiful rivers or streams during free fishing weekend, don't forget to take along a fishing pole. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's online Blue Water Trails series profiles adventures throughout the state and gives you advice about how to catch fish along the way.
Regardless of whether you're in a kayak or a powerboat, always remember to have life jackets for everyone on board. It's also wise to always wear your life jacket, especially while your vessel is underway. Seldom do boaters have time to put on their life jackets in an emergency or other times when they're actually needed most. Learn more about boating safety and locate ramps into Kentucky's waterways in the “boating" section of the department's website.
If you haven't enjoyed the fun that angling offers yet this year, take a test drive with hook and line during Kentucky's free fishing days June 4-5.
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