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Events planned across the state for free fishing weekend June 1-2

May 23, 2013


Frankfort, KY. - Families can take a free test drive of fishing fun during the first weekend of June.

Kentucky celebrates free fishing weekend across the state June 1-2. It’s been an annual event since at least 1992.

Moms, dads, grandparents, extended family and out-of-state visitors all can sample Kentucky’s fishing opportunities without having to buy a license or permit during this weekend. Size and creel limits on the number of fish that angles may keep still apply, however. Anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

With special events across the state planned for Saturday, June 1, most families can find fishing opportunities just a short drive away. A number of events are geared toward kids under the age of 16. Several include a free hot dog lunch, bait and loaner fishing equipment for anglers.

Families wanting the fun to last the entire weekend should consider a state park stay – Kentucky has a number of parks situated at prime fishing lakes. Find out more online at:

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources also stocks 39 community lakes across the state as part of its Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program. Most of these lakes received a stocking of channel catfish this month. To find the nearest lake, go online to then click onto the FINs logo on the right hand side of the page.

Some of the fishing events planned for June 1 include:

Calloway County: Murray Kids Fishing Event, Imes Farm, 4064 U.S. 641 North, Murray. Fishing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch provided.

McCracken County: Noble Park Fish Out Fishing Tournament, Bob Noble Park Lake, 2801 Park Ave., Paducah. Fishing from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Shelter 10. Preregister online at First 50 kids receive a free cane pole. Anglers should otherwise bring their own fishing gear and bait. Prizes for biggest fish in each age category.

Trigg County: Cadiz Kids Fishing Event, West Cadiz Park, located at the intersection of Main Street and Hamilton Street, Cadiz. Fishing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration $1. Registration includes lunch for kids, T-shirt and a goody bag.

Media Contact: Lee McClellan 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4443

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