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


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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
jortrame@ut.utm.edu
 

April 27th

 

World's Biggest FIsh Fry/Junior Fishing Rodeo

Williams Lake

120 Greenacres Dr

Paris/Henry

Ages: 0 - 12

 

 

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

https://paristnchamber.com/home/events/fishfry/

Contact: Brent Corey
b.corey0829@yahoo.com
(731) 336-7924

May 11th

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Collierville Youth Fishing Rodeo

Johnson Park
419 W.C. Johnson Park Drive

Collierville/Shelby

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.

 

www.colliervilleparks.org

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
jtaylor@ci.collierville.tn.gov
(901) 457-2777

May 18th

8 - 11 a.m.

City of Lakeland Annual Fishing Rodeo

International Harvester Lake at IH Park

4523 Canada Road

Lakeland/Shelby

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

lakelandtn.org and Facebook

Contact: Kim Odom
kodom@lakelandtn.org
(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

Atoka/Tipton

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
jake.yoes@tn.gov 
(615) 339-8067

June 1st

8 - 11 a.m.

Youth Fishing Derby

 

pond - The Oaklands (Park)

The Oakland's Subdivision - Norma Carol Cove

Oakland/Fayette

Ages 6 - 12

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

www.oaklandtennessee.org 

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
parksandrec@oaklandtn.gov

June 8th

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rain Date: June 9th

Martin Annual Fishing Derby

Martin Recreation Complex Lake
8457 Highway 45E South

Martin/Weakley

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: www.cityofmartin.net/parksandrec

Contact: Mike Garvin
mgarvin@cityofmartin.net
(731) 587-6784
 

 

 

 

June 8th

9 - 11 a.m.

Jackson-Madison County Youth Fishing Rodeo

Muse Park Pond/Muse Park
N. Parkway

Jackson/Madison

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.

www.jacksonrecandparks.com

Contact: Sandy MacDiarmid
smacdiarmid@cityofjackson.net
(731) 425-8316

June 8th

6 - 9 a.m.

City of Bartlett Children's Fishing Rodeo

Appling Lake
3663 Appling

Bartlett/Shelby

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. 

www.cityofbartlett.org

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

Contact: Debbie Gelineau
dgelineau@cityofbartlett.org
(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

Counce/Hardin

Ages: 0 - 15

Registration from 8:00 a.m.to 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
stephen.graves@tn.gov
(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

Memphis/Shelby

Ages: 4 - 12 

 

Host: Friends of T.O. Fuller State Park

Other Partners: Eureka Truevine Baptist Church

Contact: Tony Mitchell, Jr.
tony.b.mitchell@tn.gov
(901) 543-7581

June 8th

9 - 11 a.m.

Benton Co Kids Fishing Rodeo

KY Lake
Eva Beach Drive

Eva/Benton

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
kevin.hoofman@tn.gov

 

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. 

www.fws.gov/refuge/reelfoot Facebook: West TN National Wildlife Refuge Complex 

Contact: Tara Dowdy
Tara_Dowdy@fws.gov
(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

Covington/Tipton

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
jake.yoes@tn.gov 
(615) 339-8067 

July 4th

9 - 11 a.m.

Germantown Lions Fourth of July Youth Fishing Rodeo

Municipal Pond behind Germantown City Hall

Germantown/Shelby

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

www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/germantowntn

Contact: David Docauer
(901) 574-2536
docauer@bellsouth.net

         
Event Date Event Name Location Event Details Notes

April 13, 2019

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

Website: http://bit.ly/tkfspringhill

Contact: Robert Stroede
roberts@unionsportsmen.org
(615) 762-6572

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

Lakesite/Hamilton
 

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: www.lakesitetn.gov

Contact: Dan Maxwell
dmaxwell@lakesitetn.gov
(423) 394-9774

June 8th

6:30 - 10 a.m. 

Cops and Kids Fishing Rodeo 

Kefauver Lake
146 Mason Ln
Madisonville, TN

Madisonville/Monroe

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
Kip.Kite@tn.gov
(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
jjcaudle42@students.tntech.edu
336-428-1177

 

June 8th

7 a.m. - noon

TWRA/Town of Kimball Kids Fishing Rodeo

Kimball Park Poind

Industrial Blvd.

Kimball/Marion

 

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
marty.griffith@tn.gov
615-332-5296

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

Greenville/Greene

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
mscarter@usda.gov
423-783-2407

May 11th

9 - 11 a.m.

Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo

Anchor Park

11730 Turkey Creek Road

Farragut/Knox

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
bspencer@townoffarragut.org

www.visitfarragut.org/events. Facebook: Town of Farragut. Instagram: @townoffarragut. 
 

May 18th

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rock Creek Kids FIshing Day

Rock Creek Recreation Area

Rock Creek Road

Erwin/Unicoi

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
mscarter@usda.gov
423-783-2407

 

June 1st

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Catfish Derby - Cherokee Rod and GUn Club

 

W.T. "Dude" Bales Pond

4280 Reservoir Road

Kingsport/Sullivan

Ages: 4 - 12

Pre-registration to Kevin Broughton 423-343-9073 or email kevbro205@charter.net 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
kevbro205@charter.net
(423) 343-9073

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

June 9th

1 - 4 p.m.

CPC Fishing Derby

Cedar Point Church

1225 William Blount Dr.

Maryville/Blount

Ages: 3 - 12

 

Host: Cedar Point Church

Contact: Donna Wilburn
donna@cpctn.org
(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.

 

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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.