The free fishing weekend from June 4 to 5 offers the chance to fish without a licence; special local events planned for children

Try your hand at fishing in Kentucky for free during Free Fishing Weekend, June 4-5. To help celebrate family fishing, several communities across the state are offering special free fishing events for kids on Saturday, June 4.

With summer almost upon us, the first weekend in June is the perfect time to grab a fishing rod and spend time with family and friends in the state’s beautiful lakes, streams, and rivers.

Whether you’re from out of state or live in Kentucky, Free Fishing Weekend is open to everyone. You won’t need a fishing license or trout license, but make sure you always follow the size and number limits depending on the species of fish you choose to keep.

(Photo by KDFWR)

Need help getting started? Visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website and type “learn to fish”, in the search field. Here you will find instructional videos covering knotting and prepare a fish for the table.

Don’t know where to fish? Click the “Fishing» on the department’s website to access the annual fishing forecast for great tips and places to try.

The fishing page also includes a link to the Neighborhood Fishing (FINs) some lakes. FINs offers dozens of easily accessible, specially stocked lakes near population centers throughout the state.

Want to take your kids or grandkids fishing but still don’t know where to go? Consider heading to one of the following free fishing events on Saturday June 4th. All times listed are local.

Fishing Opportunities in Northern Kentucky:

Campbell County

Alexandria Community Park
3965 Alexandra Drive in Alexandra

14 and under; Free lunch and t-shirt while supplies last

Kenton County

Fishing derby for kids
Middleton Mills Park
3415 Mills Road in Covington

Children of all ages; Catch and release tournament with prizes Bait and equipment provided; Concessions sold to the park

If you’re paddling one of Kentucky’s beautiful rivers or streams during Free Fishing Weekend, don’t forget to pack a fishing rod. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Online Blue Water Trails The series chronicles adventures across the state and gives you tips on how to catch fish along the way.

Whether you’re kayaking or motorboating, don’t forget to have life jackets for everyone on board. It’s also wise to always wear your life jacket, especially when your boat is underway. Boaters rarely have time to put on their life jackets in an emergency or at other times when they need it most. Learn about boating safety and locate Kentucky waterway ramps in the “boatingsection of the ministry’s website.

If you haven’t yet enjoyed the fun of angling this year, take a test drive with a hook and line during Kentucky Free Fishing Days June 4-5.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

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