free fishing day

The Tennessee Wildlife and Resources Agency is hosting Free Fishing Day Saturday, June 8th.

Kids fishing events are scheduled across the state and are an excellent opportunity to introduce a child to a great family activity.

Visit the TWRA Website for a list of events.

Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters, agency owned and operated lakes, and Tennessee State Parks. Immediately following Free Fishing Day is Free Fishing Week, where children ages 15 and younger can fish for free all week through June 14th.

Tennessee Fishing License Rules
Outside of the free fishing days, all persons ages 13 and older must have a fishing license to fish in Tennessee. There are a variety of fishing licenses available for residents and non-residents, including a junior license for residents ages 13-15.

Non-residents have the option of buying a 1-day, 3-day, 10-day or annual license. Those licenses are available with and without trout fishing privileges. Fishing licenses can be purchased at some local sporting goods stores, online at or by calling 888-814-8972.

When Fishing, Do Your Part for the Environment

  • Always drain bait buckets on land.
  • Don’t dump bait in the water.
  • Clean hitchhiking animals and invasive plants from boats and motors.
  • Wear a life jacket – Children ages 12 and younger must wear a lifejacket except when the watercraft is anchored, moored or aground.