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


Youth Hunting Events


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Mobile Check-In for Kids

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

2019 Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

APril 13th

9 - 11 a.m.


University of Tennessee at Martin Fishing Rodeo

Pacer Pond

554 University St.

Martin Weakley

Ages: 3 - 13


Host: UTM Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Contact: Jordan Ramey

April 27th


World's Biggest FIsh Fry/Junior Fishing Rodeo

Williams Lake

120 Greenacres Dr


Ages: 0 - 12



Host: Paris-Henry County Jaycees
Other Sponsors/Partners: TWRA, ACS Marine & Hulmes Sporting Goods

Contact: Brent Corey
(731) 336-7924

May 11th

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Collierville Youth Fishing Rodeo

Johnson Park
419 W.C. Johnson Park Drive


Ages 4 - 12

Registration at 9:oo a.m.; Fishing: 9:oo - 11 :oo a.m.

Weigh-In: 11 :00 a.m.; •prizes awarded after weigh-in.*

Parking available on-site at the park.

All participants will receive a goodie bag (lures, stringers, etc.).

Categories are as follows: Ages 6 & under; Ages 7 & 8; Ages 9 & 10; Ages 11 & 12 (1st place trophy awarded to the male & female in each category). Prizes will be awarded to other top participants in each category.

Host Organization(s): Town of Collierville ~ Department of Parks & Recreation

Other Partners and/or Sponsors: TWRA, Fayette County Bass Club, Epiphany Lutheran Church. Collierville Pentecostal Church, Strike King, and Academy Sports and Outdoors

Contact: Jennifer Taylor, Special Events Coordinator, Town of Collierville
(901) 457-2777

May 18th

8 - 11 a.m.

City of Lakeland Annual Fishing Rodeo

International Harvester Lake at IH Park

4523 Canada Road


Ages: 4 - 12

A prize is awarded for every first fish caught by a boy, and first fish caught by a girl, during a fishing session.

For fun, the emcee may (depending on time) mix things up, by announcing a specific age group to fish, or grandparents, or mom and dad. Again, the judges must pay attention to what the emcee announces.

Host: City of Lakeland (Parks & Recreation)
Sponsors/Partners: TWRA, Andy Tweed, Lakeland Lions Club and Facebook

Contact: Kim Odom
(901) 746-8195

May 18th

7:30 - 10 a.m.

Rain Date: June 1st

Tipton Co TWRA Cops and Bobbers Fishing Rodeo

Pioneer Park Atoka

404 Walker Parkway


Ages: 1 - 15

This rodeo is an opportunity to fish with law enforcement officers from multiple agencies at Pioneer Park in Atoka, TN. Police Department will direct traffic. Bring your own gear and bait. Prizes will be given throughout. This rodeo is for children to get a positive one-on-one experience with different law enforcement agencies from Tipton Co.

Event web address: Atoka Chamber Website

Host: TWRA and City of Atoka

Contact: Jake Yoes 
(615) 339-8067

June 1st

8 - 11 a.m.

Youth Fishing Derby


pond - The Oaklands (Park)

The Oakland's Subdivision - Norma Carol Cove


Ages 6 - 12

Medals will be given for specific categories, such as beggest fish, most fish, smallest fish, etc. 

Host: Town of Oakland Parks and Recreation
Sponsors/Partners: Bass Pro Shop, Fayette County Bass Club, TWRA, Town of Oakland

Amy Segraves
(901) 465-2921

June 8th

9 a.m. - noon

Rain Date: June 15th

Houston County Cops & Bobbers Kids Fishing Rodeo 

Danville Ponds
1275 Highway 147


Ages: 0 - 15

9:00am-Fishing begins
11:00am-Weigh in and Lunch Provided

You can setup to fish at either pond north and south of Hwy 147

Host: TWRA, Houston County Sheriffs Office, Erin Police Department, USFWS 

Contact: Nick Luper 

June 8th

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rain Date: June 9th

Martin Annual Fishing Derby

Martin Recreation Complex Lake
8457 Highway 45E South


Ages 2 - 14

Parking is on the North, East and West of the Lake. Prizes will be provided by Martin Parks and Recreation. Kiwanis CLub will be contributing trophies to winners of biggest fish/smallest fist, et


Host Organization: Martin Parks and Recreation

Partners/Sponsors: Martin Parks and Recreation. Kiwanis Club 

Event Website:

Contact: Mike Garvin
(731) 587-6784




June 8th

9 - 11 a.m.

Jackson-Madison County Youth Fishing Rodeo

Muse Park Pond/Muse Park
N. Parkway


Ages: 5 - 15

Event/Location Details (e.g. registration, parking, gates, prizes, fishing gear, etc.)

Bring the kids down for an old-fashioned fishing rodeo at Muse Park pond, with free hot dogs, refreshments and TWRA goody bags for every participant.

Trophies and great door prizes in each age division, with grand prize drawings for new bikes!

Rodeo co-sponsored by: City of Jackson Recreation & Parks and Madison County Parks & Recreation.

8  - 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM-11:00 AM Check-in & Fishing Competition

11:00 AM Judging and Awards

Free For more information call 425-8316 or 988-3850.

Contact: Sandy MacDiarmid
(731) 425-8316

June 8th

6 - 9 a.m.

City of Bartlett Children's Fishing Rodeo

Appling Lake
3663 Appling


Ages: 2 - 9

The entire event is on the area around the lake. This is a free event for the children. We have door prizes and snack for the partiicapants. We do ask that participants sign in and have an adult with them.

Host Organization: City of Bartlett
Other Partners/Sponsors: TWRA; Gator Brown's Bait & Tackle Shop in Bartlett

Contact: Debbie Gelineau
(901) 385-5589

June 8th

8  - 11 a.m.

19th Annual Hardin County Free Fishing Rodeo

Pickwick Lake/Pickwick Landing State Park. White Sulphur Cemetery Road


Ages: 0 - 15

Registration from 8:00 9:00 a.m. Families should get to the park at 8:00 a.m. for the best locations. Fishing will start at 9:00 a.m. The age categories will be 0-4, 5-9, 10-15 with prizes given for the biggest fish in each category and the most fish. Participates should bring their own fishing gear and bait for the rodeo. This location on Pickwick Lake has numerous species of game fish, but everyone should at least bring catfish bait. The TWRA would like to encourage families and friends to stay and enjoy assisting the participants.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Pickwick Landing State Park, and the Riverview Fans and Feathers Chapter of NWTF

Contact: Stephen Graves
(800) 372-3928


June 8th

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rain Date: June 15th

Friends of T.O. Fuller State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo 2019

Robco Lake
1861 West Holmes Road


Ages: 4 - 12 


Host: Friends of T.O. Fuller State Park

Other Partners: Eureka Truevine Baptist Church

Contact: Tony Mitchell, Jr.
(901) 543-7581

June 8th

9 - 11 a.m.

Benton Co Kids Fishing Rodeo

KY Lake
Eva Beach Drive


Ages: 0-15

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park beach area. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Each participant is limited to using one pole during the event. Prizes will be given out.

Hosts: TWRA & Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Sponsors/Partners: TWOA, Norman's Marine Service, Tyson, All Goods, Save A Lot, Walmart, Open Season Sporting Goods, etc. 

Contact: Kevin Hoofman


June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge's 29th Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

Refuge ponds (2 ponds)

Union City/Obion

Ages: 0 - 12

Event is open and free to the public. Participants park near our Refuge shop, and register at 7:00 a.m. Upon registration, each child receives a goody bag (provided by TWRA) and is filled with bobbers, coloring book, brochures, bracelet, candy, fishing information, magazines, small toys, etc. Starting at 9:00 a.m., children are asked to come to the "prize booth" during specific times according to their age group. Each child receives a prize of their choice once their name is called (which is pulled from the registration booth). Lunch is served around 10:30-11:00, and consists of hotdogs and hamburgers, chips, cookies and a drink. Children may win a larger prize (such as camping gear, gift card to Wal-Mart, etc) if they catch the heaviest fish in their age category (age categories are the following; 0-6 yrs, 7-9 yr, 10-12 yrs). Event is over at 12:00 p.m. 

Host: Friends of West TN Refuges

Sponsors/partners: Variety of local businesses such as Tyson in Union City, Food Rite in Tiptonville, TN, local banks such as Commercial Bank donate funds, Niel's BBQ donates hamburgers from Dyersburg, TN. PV's hut donates toys for kids, Reelfoot Lake State Park donates pontoon boat rides, local restaurants donate coupons/gift certificiates, NAPA from Union City donates funds, etc. Facebook: West TN National Wildlife Refuge Complex 

Contact: Tara Dowdy
(731) 538-2481


June 8th

7:30 - 10 a.m.

TWRA/First Baptish Church's Daddy Bill Fishing Rodeo

First Baptist Church Lake

2105 Hwy. 59


Ages: 0 - 15

Corner of Hastings Way and Hwy. 59 in Covington. Across from golf course. Prizes given throughout the rodeo. Bring your own bait and equipment.

Host: TWRA
Sponsors/Other Partners: First Baptist Church

Contact: Jake Yoes 
(615) 339-8067 

June 8th

7 -  11 a.m.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State park Annual Free Kids' Fishing Rodeo

Poplar Tree Lake

361 Grassy Lake Road


Ages: 0 - 16

Free Fishing Day; No one has to have a license or lake fishing permit. Register at Nature Center on Poplar Tree Lake. Plenty of parking available, no cost. No cost for participation!

Registration: 7:00 am - 9:00am, awards and prizes at 11am. Door prizes for every child! Trophies, medals, and big prize choices for Largest Fish, Smallest Fish, and Most Fish in age categories: 0-7, 8-12, 13-16. Limited help from parents. Fishing from bank only. May use boats to cross lake. May use artificial or live bait.

Host: Meeman Shelby State Park
Other Partners/Sponsors: Friends of Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (501(c)3 non-profit support group.


Samantha J Cox
(901) 876-5215


June 8th

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Villages of Bennington's Junior Fishing Rodeo and Family Spring Festival


Villages of Bennington Small Lake
5168 Overview Ridge


Ages: 5 - 15

Registration begins at 8 am - 2 poles, rods, or reels per Participant - Parents are only allowed to help bait and remove the fish from hook. Participants must provide their own bait and tackle - Many prizes will be given in a drawing according to age bracket. The Junior Fishing Rodeo is in conjunction with our Family Spring Festival.

Host: Villages of Bennington
Partners/Sponsors: TWRA

Abdullah Hasan
(901) 859-2917

June 8th

7 - 10 .m.


Stewart County Public Library Fishing Rodeo

Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge

643 Wildlife Rd.


Ages: 4 - 12


Host: Stewart County Public Library
Other Partners/Sponsors: TWRA, Cross Creeks NWR, Friends of Cross Creeks NWR

Contact: Tami Morgan
(931) 232-3127

June 8th

7 - 9 a.m.

Henderson County Fishing Rodeo

Henderson County Criminal Justice Center Pond

170 Justice Center Dr.


Ages: 0 - 16

Register at the pond. Parking behind pond. Prizes available.

Host: TWRA; Henderson County Sheriff's Dept.

Contact: Jaye Corbitt
(731) 697-5216

June 8th

6 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Haywood County


Hatchie Refuge youth pond

6772 Hwy. 76S, Stanton, TN 38069


Ages: 3 - 13

Prizes awarded

Sponsors/Other Partners: TWRA USFW

Contact: Ed Gover 
(615) 330-5213

July 4th

9 - 11 a.m.

Germantown Lions Fourth of July Youth Fishing Rodeo

Municipal Pond behind Germantown City Hall


Ages: 3 - 15

Event is 30+ years old. Participants bring their fishing gear, although limited amounts of bait and terminal tackle is available. There is ample parking at the Library, City Hall, and the tennis courts. There are 5 age groups, each with 3 major prizes (rods and reels) as well as many minor prizes for any fish caught. The youngest age group is "under 5". Lions Club provides prizes and manpower, the City provides advertising, equipment, the venue, security and free beverages for participants. 

Host: Germantown Lions Club and the City of Germantown
Sponsors/Partners: TWRA

Contact: David Docauer
(901) 574-2536

  Event Name Location Event Details Notes

Apirl 13th

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Take Kids Fishing - Spring Hill

Tennessee Children's Home Pond
3375 Kedron Road

Spring Hill/Maury

Ages 2 - 15

Registration online, free parking on site, each youth will receive rod and reel, bait, and necessary tackle provided, prizes for largest fish

Host Organizations/Other Partners and/or Sponsors: Union Sportsmen's Alliance; United Autoworkers Local 1853, TWRA


Contact: Robert Stroede
(615) 762-6572

June 8th

7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

New Lake Youth Fishing Event

New Lake
New Lake Road


Ages: 0 - 15

Catfish will be stocked by TWRA. Lunch and drinks will be provided. There will be various prize drawings for fishing gear and equipment. A limited supply of bait and worms will be available.

All youth 0 - 12 will need to wear an approved Personal Flotation Device if they are riding in any vessels. No gas motors on the lake, but trolling motors are ok. 

Host: City of Lewisburg; TWRA
Sponsors/Partners:  Tennessee chapter of the American Fisheries Society; Rock Creek Market; Chad Fox Insurance 

Contact: Mark Ventura 
(615) 483-7305

June 8th

6:30 - 10 a.m.

Springfield Kid's Fishing Rodeo

J. Travis Price Park

4155 Wilkes Rd.


Ages: 2 - 14

The Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) hosts a Free Fishing Rodeo for children 14 years of age and under at J. Travis Price Park. Participants must bring all fishing gear and bait - (no artificial lures allowed). TWRA stocks the pond with fish for the event.

Registration begins at 6:30 AM. Help youth begin an activity of a lifetime. Prizes awarded.

Host: City of Springfield; TWRA

Contact: Kaleb Stratton
(615) 522-8149


June 8th

9 - 11 a.m.

Ed Carson Memorial FFD

Fire Academy Lake

2161 Unionville Deason Rd.

Bell Buckle/Bedford

Ages: 4 - 15

Instructions will be available at the main gate.


Host: TN Fire Services & Codes Enforcement Academy

Other Sponsors/Partners: Shelbyville Parks & Rec.; Longbeards Sportsman Org; Backwoods Outreach Ministry; Optimist Club; TWRA; Walmart

Contact: Larry Thurston or David Trott
(931) 294-4111

June 8th

7 - 9:30 a.m.

TWRA and City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Kids Fishing Rodeo

Liberty Park Lake

1188 Cumberland Dr.



Ages: 0 - 16

The rodeo is free and open to the public and does not require a license

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Fishing will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m. 

Pre-registration forms can be picked up at Walmart stores (sporting goods counter) in Montgomery County.

Parents can’t fish, only assist in baiting and taking fish off hook. One fishing pole for each participant. Trophies will be given in each category for most weight by boy and girl. Prizes will be given for biggest and smallest fish overall. Ties for biggest and smallest fish will be broken by most total weight.

What to fish for? All types of fish are in the pond, and we will stock the pond with catfish. We will have some worms provided by Bowles Baits, but participants will need to bring their own poles and bait.

All announcements and decisions made on the day of the rodeo will be final

Host: TWRA, Clarksville Parks and Recreation 

Other Partners/Hosts: Walmart; Bowles Bait

Contact: Nate Thompson 

June 8th

1 - 5 p.m.

Westmoreland City Lake 

Westmoreland City Lake

1201 Lake Road, Westmoreland, TN


Ages: 3 - 17


Hosts: City of Westmoreland and TWRA
Other Partners: Trammel Lodge, Don Scruggs, City of Westmoreland 
Facebook Page: Westmoreland Fishing Rodeo

Contact: Moe Taylor 
(615) 388-9255

June 8th

8 a.m. - noon

George Gregory Kids Fishing Rodeo

Whippoorwill Lake @ Williamsport Lakes

3880 Williamsport Pike


Ages: 1 - 18

Can fish any lake at Williamsport, but Whippoorwill (kid's lake) is main event location. Fishermen can arrive anytime, but TWRA staff will come in around 7am. No registration required. Lunch provided followed by lots of door prizes. Lake stocked with extra catfish before event! 


Host Organization: TWRA
Sponsors/Other Partners: Columbia Noon Rotary, Sundrop, TWOA, Walmart, Union Sportsman Alliance 

Contact: Rusty Thompson 
(931) 881-8241

June 8th

7 - 11 a.m.

Hendersonville Fishing Rodeo

Old Hickory/Drakes Creek

151 East Main St. 


Ages: 0 - 14


Host: TWRA/City of Hendersonville

Contact: Nathan Karch 
(615) 781-6622 

June 8th

7 - 11 a.m.

Rutherford County Fishing Event


Unit One Percy Priest WMA Poinds

Old Jones Mill Road


Ages: 0 - 15

Please bring your own fishing equipment. We will have limited poles to loan out.

Snacks and Drinks Provided


Host: TWRA
Sponsors/Partners: Walmart; American Fisheries Society 

Contact: Ethan Davis 
(615) 203-2102 

June 8th

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cannon County Fishing Rodeo

Eastfork Stones River

Dillon Park park


Ages: 0 - 12

All fishing and parking will on Dillon park side of river at Alexander Drive.
All participants are asked to check-in at registration tent.
Goody bag for first 75 participants at check in. 
One fishing rod per participant at a time.

Food and drinks will be provided.
No pre-fishing allowed.
Please no adult fishing till noon.

Host: American Legion Post 279

Contact: Mark Vance 
(615) 203-4688 

June 8th

5:30 - 9 a.m.

Bobby Brewer Youth Fishing Derby

Bobby Brewer Park Poind

500 Weakley Creek Rd.


Ages: 5 - 12

There will be prizes, such as fishing tackle and gear given away. 

Host: Lawrenceburg Parks and Recreation Dept. 

Contact: Frank Campbell 
(931) 762-4231 

June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

Veterans Memorial Park at Evergreen Lake Kids Fishing Events

Evergreen Lake at Veterans Memorial Park 

7106 Black Pine Rd Fairview, TN 37062 


Ages: 0 - 15

Lake will be stocked with catfish, lunch and drinks will be provided, prize drawings to include fishing poles and fishing tackle. 


Host: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Fairview Parks And Recreation

Other partners/sponsors: Possibly Fairview PUBLIX and Dicks Sporting Goods

Contact: Williamson County Wildlife Officer Hayden Cook
(629) 395-0435 

June 8th

6 - 9 a.m.

Kingston Springs Catfish Rodeo 

LL Burns Park

Park Street Kingston Springs Tn 37082 

Kingston Springs/Cheatham

Ages 4-12

Free. Registration at event. (Biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish, and most lbs prizes given out.) 

Host: Kingston Springs Park and Recreation 

Other Sponsors/Partners: Kingston Springs Park and Rec, TWRA, local bank 

Contact: TWRASGT. Brad Bagwell
(615) 293-5508 

June 8th

8 a.m. - noon

Hickman County Youth Fishing Rodeo 

Lake at Beaverdam Camp (formerly known as Lehman's Lake) 

2957 East Beaverdam Rd. 


Ages: 1 - 16


Host: TWRA and Beaverdam Camp

Other Partners/Sponsors: Sun Drop

Contact: Cole Presley
(629) 395-0042 

June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

Morris Ferry Family Fishing Day 

Woods Reservoir 

Morris Ferry Boat Ramp & Fish Park 

Estill Springs/Franklin

Ages: 0 - 16

Free Parking, Food & Drink Provided. Loaner Rods & Reels Available 

Host: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Other Sponsors/Partners: TWRA, Gilliams Marine, Tims Ford Bass Club, TWRF 

Contact: Jesse Taylor 
(615) 981-9003 

June 8th

5:15 a.m. - noon

Laurel Hill Lake Family Fishing Day 

Laurel Hill Lake 

39 Peter Cave Road 


Ages: 1 - 16

Free Fishing Day event at Laurel Hill Lake in Lawrenceburg, TN. Event begins at daylight. Rod and reel combo to be given to first 500 kids. Two Jackson Kayak Bite kayaks to be given away by drawing at approximately 10 a.m. Extra catfish are scheduled to be stocked. Drinks provided by Sundrop. 

Special thanks to Jackson Kayak, Lawrenceburg Walmart, Sundrop, and special thanks to all our outdoor enthusiasts that purchase fishing and hunting licenses, boat registrations, and use permits. Contact the Laurel Hill Concession at 931-762-7200 with any questions. 

Host: TWRA

Other Sponsors/Partners: Jackson Kayak, Lawrenceburg Walmart, Sundrop, and TWRA 

Chris Cole 
(615) 981-9317 


June 8th

8 a.m. - noon

18th Annual Lincoln County Kid's Fishing Day 

Stone Bridge Park pond 

2010 Thornton Taylor Pkwy 


Ages: 1 - 12

Stone Bridge Park (behind Walgreens)

Registration starts at 7:00 a.m.

For kids who can hold a pole to 12 years old (8:00 a.m. - noon)

Seniors 60 and older (noon - 8:30 p.m. close)

Some poles, bait, and tackle will be available for use
Prizes, tagged prize fish, and free hotdogs 

Host: TWRA, Fayetteville Parks and Rec, Wal-mart, Elks Lodge #1792 

Daniel Plunkett
(731) 697-5227 

Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

June 8th

8 a.m. - noon

City of Lakesite Fishing Rodeo

Rain Date: June 15th

Little Chickie
9310 Thrasher Trail


Age Limits: 1 - 15

Pond is located at 9310 Thrasher Trail, Soddy Daisy, TN. 

Registration: 7 - 8 a.m.
Fishing: 8 - 11 a.m.

Parking is at Lakesite City Park.

Prizes for casting contest. Age categories 1-5; 6-10; and 11-15. The person with the greatest overall weight goes home with a new fishing Kayak. We have rods, tackle and bait if you don't have your own. Lunch and door prizes will be available at the park pavilion. 


Host: City of Lakesite

Other partners/sponsors: TWRA

Event Website:

Contact: Dan Maxwell
(423) 394-9774

June 8th

6:30 - 10 a.m. 

Cops and Kids Fishing Rodeo 

Kefauver Lake
146 Mason Ln
Madisonville, TN


Ages: 1-16

Register at main pavilion prior to fishing and obtain a goodie bag, bait and a prize ticket for the drawing at 10:30. Park at main pavilion or the other two lots located above the lake. Catch a tagged fish and win a prize. Bring your own fishing gear. 

Host Organization: Madisonville PD and TWRA

Other partners/sponsors: Wal-Mart; Sloans Center; Seaton Metals

Contact: Kip Kite
(423) 693-6649

June 8th

7:30 a.m. - noon

31st Annual Kid's Fishing Derby

Can Creek Lake

201 CC Camp Rd

Cookeville Putnam

Ages: 3-15

Registration begins at 7:30, fishing begins 8-8:30. The derby is an opportunity for parents to take their kids fishing without a license, who would otherwise not take their kids fishing. Prizes for winners and raffle will be acquired through donations and will have a limited supply of fishing gear available from the SFA club.  

Host: Tennessee Tech Student Fisheris Association

Other Partners/Sponsors: TWRA, Cookeville Leisure Services

Contact: Jennifer Caudle


June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

TWRA/Town of Kimball Kids Fishing Rodeo

Kimball Park Poind

Industrial Blvd.



Ages: 1-16

Kimball Town Park. Prizes will be given. Bring your own fishing gear.

Host: TWRA/Town of Kimball

Partners/Sponsors: WalMart (Kimball)

Contact: Marty Griffith

June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

Pea Ridge Kids Fishing Rodeo

Pea Ridge WMA pond

Ferrell Rd.


Ages: 0 - 15

Registration begins at 6 am. Prizes for all participants -Drinks & bait will be provided

Host: TWRA
Other Partners/Sponsors: Walmart

Tony Cross
(931) 287-8427

June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

2019 Kids Fishing Derby

Meadow Park Lake

1437 City Lake Rd.



Ages: 5 - 15

Registration: 7 AM
Tournament: 8 AM
Weigh In: 10 AM
Trophies: 10:45 AM
Prize Give Away: 11 AM

Event parking is available. Registration will be done at the larges shelter as you enter.

Fishing or setting up is prohibited prior to the official starting time. 

All participants must have a parent or legal guardian to be with them at all times. Participants must bring their own gear and bait. There will be three age groups 5-8, 9-12,12-15. All fishing must be done from the docks or bank. No Boats are allowed. 

Host: City of Crossville


Other Partners/Sponsors: Aviagen, Brian Blose, City of Crossville, First National Bank of TN, Flowers, TWRA

Contact: Marlene Potter or Lake Office Staff
(931) 788-2034 

June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

Overton Co Free Fishing Day Rodeo 

Dillon pond

120 Melvin Johnson drive 


Ages: 0 - 16

Registration begins at 7. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Food and bait will be provided 

Host: TWRA
Other Partners/Sponsors:: NWTF chapter Overton co longbeards 

Contact: Andy Barlow

June 8th

9 a.m. - noon

Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo 

Watts Bar / Spring City Veteran's Park 

Park Street

Spring City/Rhea

Ages: 0 - 12

Park opens at 6 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. Bait, loaner rods, food and drinks will be provided for the kids until supplies last. Prizes will be drawn during and at the end of the event. 

Host: TWRA

Other Sponsors/Partners: Town of Spring City and Watts Bar Lake Association 

Event Website:

Contact: Brandon Ragland
(423) 476-1404 

Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

May 4th

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dillard Place Kids Fishing Day

Dillard Place Ponds/Paint Creek

Viking Mountain Road


Ages: 0 - 12

Registration at 2nd pond; parking in field; each participant given a prize; bait and ice provided; food/drinks for sale

Host: USDA Forest Service and Trout Unlimited

Partners/Sponsors: TWRA, Erwin National Fish Hatchery, Greene County Sheriff Department & Rescue Squad

Contact: Marcia Carter

May 11th

9 - 11 a.m.

Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo

Anchor Park

11730 Turkey Creek Road


Ages: 1 - 12

Registration from 9-11AM. Parking available at Anchor Park (2 lots). Prizes for biggest fish caught in each category (girls 6U, girls 7-9, girls 10-12, boys 6U, boys 7-9, boys 10-12, biggest fish overall, most fish overall). Limited fishing poles provided. Bait provided. 

Contact: Brittany Spencer
(865) 966-7057 Facebook: Town of Farragut. Instagram: @townoffarragut. 

May 11th

7:30 - 11 a.m.

Outdoorsmen  25th Annual Youth Trout Derby

Reedy Creek

4535 Highway 11 W


Ages: 4 - 12

Registration: 7:30 - 9 a.m. Derby: 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Held at the Outdoorsmen Inc. Clubhouse located on the right at mile marker 13 going toward Bristol from Kingsport at 4535 Highway 11 W.

Trophies will be presented to the boys and girls catching the largest trout. (1-4 place in each catergory)

There will be lunch provided for all participants following the trout derby.
Lots of door prizes for all registered kids will also be given away after lunch.

Host: OutDoorsmen, Inc. or on Facebook Outdoorsmen 

Contact: David Sampson 
(423) 480-7235

May 18th

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rock Creek Kids FIshing Day

Rock Creek Recreation Area

Rock Creek Road


Ages: 0 - 12

Registration at pond; parking lot; prize drawing; bait and ice provided; other activities - target shooting, scavenger hunt.

Host: USDA Forest Service and National Wild Turkey Federation

Sponsors/Partners: TWRA, Erwin National Fish Hatchery, Unicoi County Seriff Department & Rescue Squad

Contact: Marcia Carter


June 1st

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Catfish Derby - Cherokee Rod and Gun Club


W.T. "Dude" Bales Pond

4280 Reservoir Road


Ages: 4 - 12

Pre-registration to Kevin Broughton 423-343-9073 or email Parking at the field next to the pond. Prizes for heaviest fish, first limit of three caught, and will be awarded to both a boy and a girl. Must bring own fishing gear and bait.

Contact: Kevin Broughton
(423) 343-9073

Host: Cherokee Rod and Gun Club
Other Partners: TWRA and the club sponsors

June 8th

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Kids' Catfish Tournament


Workforce Development Complex Pond

386 Hwy. 91


Ages: 0-12

Registration begins: 8 a.m.

Host: TWRA & Carter County Workforce Development

Contact: Kim Eggers
(423) 542-3649

June 8th

8 a.m. - noon

Buffalo Springs Hatchery

Buffalo Springs State Fish Hatchery

275 Hatchery Lane


Ages: 2 - 16

Participants will need to bring their own equipment. Prizes will be awarded for tagged fish that are caught. 

Host: TWRA

Contact: Shaun Ramsey 

June 8th

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Vaitor Davis Memorial Fishing Rodeo

Indian Mountain State Park

143 Indian Mountain State Park Circle


Age: 1 - 17


Host: Tennessee State Parks
Other Partners/Sponsors: TWRA; TWOA; Walmart; Bass Pro Shops

Contact: Brenden Marlow 
(615) 571-4792

June 8th

8 a.m. - noon

Free Fishing Day

Talley Pond 

250 Wells Springs Rd.


Ages: 1 - 16


Host: TWRA

Contact: Chase Rich 
(423) 201-7778 

June 9th

1 - 4 p.m.

CPC Fishing Derby

Cedar Point Church

1225 William Blount Dr.


Ages: 3 - 12


Host: Cedar Point Church

Contact: Donna Wilburn
(865) 984-8896

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!

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.