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Fish for Free this Weekend

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Submitted by Seth Stewart

Ky. Fish and Wildlife Dept.

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.

Families 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.

Some of the fishing events planned for June 1 include:

Anderson County: Anderson County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. Fishing Derby, Hope Community Church, 5930 U.S. 127 South, Lawrenceburg. Fishing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For kids under the age of 16; open for adults later in morning. Special stocking of catfish. Lunch provided. Anglers should bring own fishing equipment.

Franklin County: Family fishing day, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ main campus, 1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort. Lower lake will remain open during daylight hours throughout the weekend. Upper lake will close to fishing Friday, May 31, except that anglers 15 and under may fish in the lake from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Upper lake open for youth fishing from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1. The lake will reopen to all after 11 a.m. Both lakes will receive special stockings of catfish and hybrid bluegill. Anglers should bring fishing equipment and bait.