Department of Fish and Wildlife
Special fishing events for kids planned during statewide free fishing weekend
Ky. – The
challenge of taking kids fishing is that they want to catch fish. Parents have
a better chance of making this happen during a series of special free fishing
events for kids being held across the state on Saturday, June 7.
event locations will be specially stocked with fish to increase the odds of
success. Some events feature free food and prizes for young anglers.
events are a celebration of Kentucky’s free fishing weekend on June 7-8. Every
year during the first full weekend of June, anglers do not need a fishing
license or even a trout permit. Normally, people over the age of 15 must have a
license to fish away from their property.
size limits and creel limits for fish still apply during free fishing weekend,
angling for stocked fish at these special events don’t need fancy or expensive
equipment. Typically, all it takes is a red worm or a mealworm dangled
underneath a bobber. At some events, loaner fishing equipment and even bait is
available for free.
is a list of some of the state’s fishing derbies. Unless otherwise noted, all
will be held at local times on Saturday, June 7.
Kids Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to noon, located just off KY 245 (Clermont Road)
across from the Happy Hollow Road entrance to Jim Beam Distillery.
Calloway County: Murray-Calloway County Kids Fishing Event, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.,
Imes Farm, 4064 U.S. 641 North, Murray. For youth from preschool through age
Campbell County: Alexandria
Community Park Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Alexandria Community Park
Lake, Alexandria Drive. All kids 15 and under will receive a free T-shirt.
Prizes for largest catfish and trout. Loaner equipment available
Clay County: Redbird Ranger District Kid’s Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to
noon, Little Double Creek Pond, located behind office at 91
Peabody Road, Big Creek, Ky. For kids 5 to
15. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing is not permitted
at derby locations on the day prior to the event. The pond is located in the Redbird District of the Daniel Boone National
Forest, due east of London off KY 66. Call (606) 598-2192 for more
Kids Fishing Derby, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 6 and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 7,
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ main campus, 1 Sportsman’s
Lane, Frankfort. Lower lake will remain open during daylight hours for all
anglers. Upper lake will close to fishing Friday, June 6, except that anglers
15 and under only may fish in the lake from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Upper lake open
for youth fishing only from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. The lake will
reopen to all anglers after 11 a.m. Both lakes will receive special stockings
of catfish and hybrid bluegill. Anglers should bring fishing equipment and
bait. The campus is located off U.S. 60 west of Frankfort.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Department DARE Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Hope Community Church, 5930 U.S. 127, Frankfort. For
kids 15 and under. Special stocking of fish.
Cookout at noon.
Fishing Derby, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Turkey Foot Recreation Area, Daniel Boone
National Forest. For kids 5 to 15 and seniors over 60. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing is not permitted
at derby locations on the day prior to the event. Call (606) 864-4163 for more information.
Kenton County: Middleton-Mills
Park Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to noon, Shelter House Pond, 3415 Mills Rd.,
Covington. Prizes for biggest and smallest fish of each species.
Lawrence County: Yatesville
Lake Annual Kids Fishing Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Yatesville Lake State Park
Marina, 2667 Pleasant Ridge Road, Louisa. For kids 17 and younger. Prizes
awarded. Kids encouraged to bring own poles, but limited number of loaner poles
are available. Lunch and bait provided. Call (606) 686-2412 to register.
McCracken County: Noble
Park Fish Out Fishing Tournament, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Bob Noble Park Lake,
2801 Park Ave., Paducah. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Shelter 10.
Preregister online at www.paducahky.gov.
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.
Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Barren Fork Horse Camp, Daniel Boone National
Forest. For kids 5 to 15. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing is not
permitted at derby locations on the day prior to the event. Call (606) 376-5323
for more information.
Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to noon, Indian Creek, Daniel Boone National Forest. For
kids 5 to 15. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing is not permitted at
derby locations on the day prior to the event. Call (606) 663-8100 for more
Montgomery County: Rick
Smith’s Fishing in the Park, beginning at 9 a.m., Easy Walker Park Lake, 1395
Osborne Road, Mt. Sterling. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For kids 15 and
under. Free food. Prizes for various age groups.
Perry County: Hike
and Hook Day, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, 4441 KY 1833, Buckhorn. Borrow a free
fishing pole from the marina to hook a fish and hike two miles of trail. Events
will include programs on learning to fish, guided walks on history, wildlife
and ecology of the park. Ideal for all ages. Call (606) 398-7510 for more
Pulaski County: Kids Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to noon, Goodwater Pond, Daniel Boone
National Forest. For kids 5 to 15.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing not allowed the day before
the event. The pond is located in the eastern part of the county off KY 1675,
approximately 3 miles north of the KY 1003 intersection. Call (606) 864-4163
for more information.
Rowan County: Cave
Run Kids Fishing Derby, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Minor Clark Fish Hatchery, 120 Fish
Hatchery Road (off KY 801), Morehead. Registration begins at 6 a.m. For kids 15
and under, must be accompanied by an adult. Three hatchery ponds open for
fishing. Special stockings of trout, catfish, largemouth bass and hybrid
sunfish. Events include casting contest, BB gun shoot and outdoor booths. Fish
cleaning stations and free hot dogs. Limited amount of bait and fishing
equipment available. Raffles for fishing poles.
Russell County: Catch
a Rainbow Annual Kids Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wolf Creek National Fish
Hatchery, 50 Kendall Road, Jamestown. Staggered fishing times for ages 5-15,
with ages 5-6 going first. Anglers should bring their own tackle. No fly rods.
Prizes awarded. Kids fishing pool for ages 1-4 from 9 a.m. to noon, with fishing
rods provided. The hatchery is located 12 miles south of Jamestown off U.S.
127. Call (270) 343-3797 for more information.