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Just for Kids

Welcome to the Kids Area! You can find all things that the TWRA offers for kids here.

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Special Announcements:

Youth hunters under the age of 13 must have a TWRA ID number in order to use the mobile check-in for big game animals. Kids can go to an agent location, check station or Regional Office with their parent and SSN card and have a TWRA profile created which will last forever. After that, those youth hunters can use the mobile check-in.


Kids Fishing Events

These listings are not-for-profit kids fishing events. Some of the listings may be non-TWRA sponsored events. The TWRA does not endorse the listed sponsoring organizations but rather provides this list as a public service. If you would like to have an upcoming kids fishing event listed here, please contact the TWRA Fisheries Division.  This information will be updated as new events are received or change, so check back frequently


Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

April 7, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rain Date: April 8, 2018

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Earth Day Free Family Fishing Rodeo

Host Organizations:
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy &
International Paper, FedEx, Kroger, Whole Foods, TWRA

Natalie Wilson or Alex Bien: 901-222-7267

Jones Pond
6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis, TN
Shelby County

Participants: 200

Ages: 0-  16 years

Prizes given for everyone.

June, 2, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rain Date: June 9, 2018

Houston County Cops and Bobbers Kids FIshing Rodeo

Host Organizations: 

Nick Luper: 931-287-8382

Danville Fishing Ponds
9 Danville Loop
Stewart, TN
Houston County

Participants: 150

Ages: 0-15 years

Registration begins at 7:00 am

Fishing from 9-11 am, weigh in and lunch until 12:00 pm

Prizes will be given at 1:00 pm - A lifetime License will be given away!!!

June 9, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rain Date: June, 16, 2018

Martin Recreation Complex Lake, Annual Free Fishing Day

Host Organizations:
Martin Parks and Recreation, Martin Kiwanis Club,  & TWRA

Mike Garvin: 513-587-6784 or 513-658-1717

Martin Recreation Complex Lake
8457 Highway 45E South
Martin, TN
Weakley County

Participants: 100

Ages: 2 - 14 years

Parking in on the North, East and West of the Lake.

Prizes & trophies for biggest fish, smallest fish, etc,, will be awarded.

June 9, 2018
7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reelfoot NWR Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

Host Organizations:
Reeelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, Food Rite, Tyson, Citizens Bank, TWRA

Tara Dowdy: 731-538-2481

Reelfoot Natiional Wildlife Refuge
4343 Hwy 157
Union City, TN
Obion County

Participants: 150-200

Ages: 1-12 years

Prizes and Lunch will be served (hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, chips & cookies.)

Prizes in all 3 age catagories & each child will get a goody bag.

Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes
June 9, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am

Ed Carson Memorial Free Fishing Day

Host Organizations:
TN Fire & Codes Acadamy, Southern Longbeards Optimist Club,
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation & TWRA

David Trott: 931-619-8769
Larry Thurston: 615-342-9304

2161 Unionville Deason Rd
Bellbuckle, TN
Bedford County

Participants: 400

Ages: 4-15 years

NO adults may fish
Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes
June 9, 2018
7:30am- 12:00pm

Annaual Kids Fishing Derby,  Cane Creek Park

Host Organizations:
Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association,
Cookeville Leisure Services & TWRA

Savannah Fernholz or Jordan Holtswarth

201 CC Camp Road
Cookeville, TN
Putnam County

Participants: 150

Ages: 3-15 years

Pizza will be served at 10:30am
Raffel will be held at 11:00am

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Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes
June 9, 2018
8:00am - 2:00pm

Jefferson County Kids Fishing Day

Wayne Rich

Well Springs Road, Dandridge TN
Jefferson County

Participants: 75

Ages: 0-16 years

Prizes & snacks provided.
Bring your own fishing gear.

TWRA First Fish Award

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Congratulations, Your First Fish!

The First Fish Award is designed to commemorate that special moment in everybody's life-the landing of their first fish. The award recognizes this special moment with a frameable certificate identifying the angler, the fish caught, and other details of that moment. Size of the fish and age of the angler have no bearing, only that the fish is their first, and that it was caught in Tennessee.

How to Get Your First Fish Award?

There are two ways an angler can receive their first fish award. There is no charge for using either method.

Online: This method uses a pdf file which can be used to fill out and print a first fish award at home.

By Mail: If you would like to receive a first fish award by mail then simply fill out the online .pdf form provided here and return it to the TWRA Fisheries Management Division at the address on the form (instructions included). This award will be filled-out, printed, signed by the Chief of Fisheries, and mailed to the angler.


Get Your First Fish Award!
Get Your First Fish Award!

Hunter Education Program

Anyone 10 or older: before you get out there and hunt, you must have a Hunter Education Certificate. There's still time! Check out the current class dates in your area in our Hunter Education Class section.

National Archery In The Schools Program

The National Archery In The Schools Program is a two to eight week archery course designed to teach International Style target archery in 4th –12th grades. The students shoot at bulls-eye targets placed in front of an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. The core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening, physical fitness and self improvement.

 Scholastic Clay Target Program

In Tennessee, the Scholastic Clay Target Program provides Tennessee's youth, grades 5-12, an opportunity to compete in clay target shooting competitions with their peers from across the state. There are three disciplines: trap, skeet & sporting clays. Each individual participates with a team of shooters. Most teams are recognized as a school endorsed program, local 4-H clubs or other community groups, such as Boy and/ or Girl Scouts or Venture Crews. Apart from being the nation's leader in youth shooting sports programs, the Tennessee SCTP offers an opportunity for Tennessee's young men and women to experience the fun and excitement of competing in one of the fastest growing sports in the country.