Free Fishing In Kentucky This Weekend


Mar 11, 2001
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Free Fishing In Kentucky This Weekend


Frankfort, Kentucky - Each year, the celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week includes Free Fishing Weekend. Kentucky anglers may fish June 6 - 7 without a fishing license or a trout permit. All fishing regulations such as minimum size limits and daily creel limits remain in effect during Free Fishing Weekend.

This year, National Fishing and Boating Week brings begins June 6 and ends June 14. The celebrations aim to bring new people into fishing, boating and other water-related recreation.

"We also want to stress that getting outside and enjoying fishing is a healthy activity for kids," said Marc Johnson, aquatic education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "It gets them off the couch. Plus, fish are nutritious and delicious."

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Kentucky State University will host a Fishing Derby for youth under the age of 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. June 5, and from 7 to 10 a.m. June 6 at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Headquarters off U.S. 60, west of Frankfort. The two lakes at the Headquarters will close to fishing on June 3 and will reopen to all anglers at 10 a.m. on June 6.

"They will stock 1,000 catfish and 1,000 sunfish up to one-half pound in the Upper Sportsman's Lake," Johnson said. "And, new this year, we will stock 77 largemouth bass in both the Upper and Lower Sportsman's Lakes that weigh 1 to 7 pounds. We would like to thank Kentucky State University for supplying a portion of these largemouth bass. After the kids are done June 6, the public is welcome to fish the lakes after 10 a.m."

Prizes will be awarded by random drawing throughout the event. "We try and make sure everyone walks away with something," Johnson said.

The event is free, but participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment and preferred baits or lures. A limited amount of fishing equipment and bait will be provided for those who need it.

"They don't have to re-register on Saturday if they want to fish both days," Johnson said. Also, Captain Myra Minton of the law enforcement division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will host a Kids Fishing Derby across KY 245 at the Jim Beam Distillery at Clermont, Kentucky from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6.

Conservation Officer Scott Herndon will host a kids fishing event at the Taylorsville Lake tailwater below Taylorsville Lake Dam from 8 a.m. to noon on June 6. No registration is required for both of these free events.

"After noon, we will move to the Spencer County Fish and Game Club on KY 44 east of Taylorsville where we host a kid's fun day with archery, trap shooting, paintball and a casting contest," Herndon said. "Lunch is provided and we go until they get tired of shooting."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also host the 23rd Annual Catch a Rainbow Fishing Derby on June 6 at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and creek, located just below Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland. The free event is for kids 1 to 15 years of age. Registration for the free fishing derby begins at 8 a.m. Central time. Participants must bring their own fishing tackle.

For more information about the 23rd Annual Catch a Rainbow Fishing Derby log onto Those who live in the Louisville area and in northern Kentucky, six lakes will be stocked this week to provide good fishing for Free Fishing Weekend. Tom Wallace Lake in the Jefferson Memorial Forest and Waverly Park Lake will each receive 1,000 catfish and 1,000 sunfish. Miles Park Lake #4 will receive 600 catfish and 600 sunfish.

Middleton-Mills Lake in Covington gets 200 catfish and 200 sunfish while Stein Community Lake in Alexandria receives 1,200 catfish and 1,200 sunfish.

"There are many fishing events this weekend sponsored by the parks and recreation departments of towns all over Kentucky," Johnson said. "Check with your local parks department to see where fishing events are held."


The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, visit our web site at


Lee McClellan (800) 858-1549 ext. 4443

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