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Free Fishing Days – and a kids’ fishing derby close to home



Summer is definitely here, and there’s no better way to kick off the season than by enjoying one of the many fishing-related activities taking place during National Fishing and Boating Week. This week-long celebration of fishing and boating takes place each year the first full week of June; this year, it’s June 3 through June 11.

National Fishing and Boating Week provides a perfect excuse (if you need one!) to take a break and get out on the water – and Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources is making it even easier for you to do so with two “Free Fishing Days” during the week.

That’s right – on Saturday, June 3, and Saturday, June 10, you do not need a fishing license or trout license (or Wildlife Management Area license if fishing a Public Fishing Area or at Waters Creek) to enjoy some quality time on one of Georgia’s lakes or streams.

This does not include fees at private ponds or other private water, and all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

According to DNR, Free Fishing Days are designed 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.”

I hope you’ll take advantage of these Free Fishing Days. Here in Georgia we are incredibly blessed with outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially fishing, and Free Fishing Days make it easier than ever to (pardon the pun) sample the waters and see just how much fun fishing can be.

Want to make it even more fun?

Take a kid along with you!

In fact, this very weekend, fishing fun for you and your children may be closer than you think.

Drum roll, please…

June 3: A Kid’s Fishing Event close to home

There are Kids Fishing Events being held all over Georgia, but the good news is that this Saturday, June 3, you don’t have to go far to find one. In fact, you only need to make the short drive over to the Brookside Office Park Lake (3625 Brookside Parkway) to enjoy the Alpharetta Recreation Department’s annual Youth Fishing Derby.

This event is free, but preregistration is required.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. and continues till 11 a.m., and you’ll need to bring your own fishing gear and bait (nightcrawlers are great). The lake will be stocked with catfish, giving kids ages 4-12 (accompanied by an adult) a good chance to land a fish. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event for the longest fish and for the most fish caught, and children must be present to win prizes.

Note that fishin’ space is limited around the lake, so remember that you must preregister for this event. A waiting list will be formed once the sign-up list is full. For info or to register, email (put “fishing derby” in the subject line) or call 678-297-6130.

Other Kids Fishing Events around the state

In addition to this great close-to-home event, many other Kids Fishing Events will be taking place all summer long at locations around the state. These activities provide even more great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with your children.

To find out some of the places where these Kids Fishing Events will be held, visit

Enter your zip code and the number of miles you’re willing to travel, and then browse through the list of activities to find the one that’s right for you.

They’re fun, and the memories you make will last forever.

And if you see me on the water, be sure to say hello!

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