NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s 2021 Free Fishing Day is set for Saturday when anyone may fish free 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. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this outdoor sport to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational opportunity. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license through Friday.

The day and week are annual events in Tennessee and are opportunities to introduce children to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. Many events are returning this year after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events.

For a list of the events, visit the TWRA website at Anglers and potential anglers should check the events list often since special events are frequently added.

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 and ponds continue to charge during this special day and week. Anglers will need to consult with those operators if there are any questions about a facility.

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a sponsor of Free Fishing Day.

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