Youth Fishing & Free Fishing Day

Get ready to cast your line and reel in some fun because Tennessee's  Bobby Wilson Free Fishing Day is coming up on June 10th, 2023!

This is your chance to experience the thrill of fishing without needing a license. And to make it even more exciting, local communities and businesses across the state are hosting Free Fishing Events that you won't want to miss!

Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, Tennessee's Bobby Wilson Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the state. You'll have the chance to catch a variety of fish species, including bass, catfish, crappie, and more. And with events happening all across the state, you're sure to find a location that's convenient for you.

So, gather your family and friends and head out to one of the Free Fishing Events on June 10th. You'll have a chance to meet fellow fishing enthusiasts, learn new techniques, and maybe even win some prizes. And best of all, you'll get to create lasting memories while enjoying the great outdoors.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to fish for free in Tennessee. Mark your calendar for June 10th, 2023, and join in on the fun!

Kids Fishing Events

This information will be updated as new events are received or changed, so check back frequently.

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 host an upcoming kids fishing event please fill out the online registration form found here.   

Find Events on our Fishing Access Map

TWRA First Fish Award

First Fish Award Example Image

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 has 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 2 ways an angler can receive their first fish award. There is no charge for using either method.

  1. Online: This method uses a pdf file which can be used to fill out and print a first fish award at home.
  2. 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.

Your First Fish!

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First Fish
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McElveen First Fish
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Lila May Mills First Fish
Luke Thomas Mills First Fish
Maggie Lynn Gunn First Fish
Violet Kahle First Fish
Lee Rowyn First Fish
Landin Evans First Fish