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Go Fishing on Free Fishing Day! Jun 7, 2014 #SouthernSummerFun

free fishingHi y'all! I'm writing from St Augustine, Florida to keep you updated on all the cool #SouthernSummerFun. It just so happens that this is National Fishing & Boating Week! You know what that means? Free Fishing for our Southern States of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama & Florida on June 7th. 
Free Fishing Days are declared by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources to: encourage people to try fishing and help celebrate fishing as wholesome and healthy recreation; promote respect for our state's natural resources, wilderness, and wildlife; and recognize anglers for their contribution of billions of dollars to the state's economy and financial support for programs to conserve and protect our natural resources. - Georgia DNR

What happens on a free fishing day, you wonder? 
Residents 16 years and older do not need a fishing license, trout license, or Wildlife Management Area license (if you fish at a Public Fishing Area or Waters Creek) to fish the freshwaters and saltwaters.

Before you decide on an event, check out this page for some helpful tips on fishing with kids & some family-friendly fishing locations in Georgia.

Here are some excellent fishing events, for kids, on Jun 7.

Alabama - Jun 7
Each calendar year, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources designates a "Free Fishing Day" for the public to fish recreationally in public waters without a fishing license.  Saturday, June 7, 2014, had been designated as Free Fishing Day.

Florida - Saltwater Jun 7 & 8, Freshwater Jun 14
Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don't yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

Georgia - Jun 7
See a list of events happening around GA for Free Fishing Day!

Tennessee - Jun 7
Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters, agency owned and operated lakes, and Tennessee State Parks. Free Fishing Week always follows Free Fishing Day in June. Children, ages 15 and younger can fish for free all week in the waters.

From the Wildlife Division of Georgia Dept of Natural Resources -

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center - Kids Fishing Event - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
All Counties
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Come on out to this Kids Fishing Event hosted by Marben Farms Public Fishing Area at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Catfish, bluegill or a hybrid bass might be on the other end of that fishing pole when you come to a kids fishing event at Marben Farms PFA.  These events are for children age 15 and younger (all children should be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older).  These events are catch and release.

Anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles and tackle if they have it.  However, rods and bait will be provided (first come, first served) for those that don't have any equipment.

Coopers Pond Kid's Fishing Event - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
Chattahoochee County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 11:00am
Kid's Fishing Event. 8am-11am.  Children under age 16.  Children must be accompanied by and adult.  Bring your own fishing gear and bait.

Dodge Co PFA Fishing Rodeo - More info & directions
Kids Fishing Event
Dodge County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
On June 7, 2014; the Dept. Of Natural Resources and the Dodge County Sportsman’s Club will hold a Fishing Rodeo from 8:30 AM -12:00 PM at the Dodge County Public Fishing Area located on McRae HWY-Eastman,GA.
This event is for kids ages 3-15 years old.

Douglas Co. Parks and Recreation Kids Fishing Derby at Deerlick Park - More info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
Douglas County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
-T-shirt for the first 300 to register, while sizes and supplies last. Door Prizes and more!! Awards will be given for the biggest fish in all categories. Event is sponsored by Tri-County Bass Club and Academy Sports and Outdoors


-Registration is now open
-Reister in person at Deer Lick Park or online at


For more information please contact Chad Griffin at 770-920-7129 or


Fishing for Children Event - Georgia National Fairgrounds / Go Fish Education Center - More info
Kids Fishing Event
Houston County
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 8:00am - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 8:00am
No one over 16 years of age allowed to fish.

Junior Fishing Rodeo - A H Stephens State Park, Taliaferro County - More Info
Kids Fishing Event
Taliaferro County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:30am - 12:00pm
Kids 15 and younger can try to win prizes for largest fish or youngest angler, as well as a door prize. Register between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. at the main office and enjoy some great fishing in Lake Liberty. Refreshments will be available. $5 parking. 

Hilliard Plantation Kid's Fishing Event - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
Marion County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Kid's Fishing Event. 8am-12pm.  Children under age 16.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own fishing gear and bait.

Kids Fishing Event - McDuffie State Ponds - More info & directions
Kids Fishing Event
McDuffie County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:00am - 11:00am
Free event for kids 15 years and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Kids should bring their own tackle and bait. No live fish may be used as bait. Must sign in at tent before starting to fish and sign out when leaving the Kids Fishing Ponds.

Laura Walker State Park Kids Fishing Rodeo - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
Ware County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 11:00am
Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to participate. Participating children may fish from 8 am to 11 am. Prizes in various categories will be awarded afterwards. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Richmond Hill Hatchery/ Exchange Club - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Derby
Bryan County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
The derby is open to children ages 15 and under, accompanied by their parents or adult guardian, with awards being presented to children 12 and under. Most participants brought their own fishing poles and bait, although a good supply of free bait and fishing poles will be available at no charge. There is never any charge for anyone participating in this event.

Robert Cross Park Kids Fishing Event - More Info & directions
Kids Fishing Event
Dougherty County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Kid's fishing event at Robert Cross Park pond in Dougherty County.  Children under the age of 16 are allowed to fish.  Please bring your own bait and fishing equipment.

Spalding County Parks and Recreation Spring Kids Fishing Rodeo - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
Spalding County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:30am - 11:30a
Kids do the fishing at these favorite events hosted at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park Lake. This lake is a special event fishing lake only and is not open to the public for general fishing.

Summerville Fish Hatchery Kids Fishing Event - More Info & Directions
Kids Fishing Event
Chattooga County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
A free kids fishing event will be held at the Summerville Fish Hatchery from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 7. Kids under the age of 16 are invited to come and fish for catfish. Bring your own fishing gear and bait. For details call 706-624-1161.

Tallulah River Kids Fishing Event - More Info & directions
Kids Fishing Event
Rabun County
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Calling all kids ages 2 to 15 years old! Tell Mom and Dad and the rest of your friends & family you want to go fishing at the 2014 Tallulah River Kids Fishing Rodeo! Registration is required. On-site registration begins at 8:00am the day of the event and fishing is allowed from 8:30 -11:30

If you didn't find something near you, try checking the rest of the listings at GA DNR website.


About Candy Cook

I'm a homeschooling mom of two boys, blogging family travel & adventure, homeschooling, exploring nature and getting dirty in the great outdoors.

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