Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife / FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2018) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 2-3.

Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event since 1992, offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. Limits on the size and number of fish that anglers may keep still apply. Additionally, anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

With special events across the state planned for Saturday, June 2, most families can find fishing opportunities just a short drive away. A number of events are geared toward kids under age 16. Several include a free hot dog lunch, bait and loaner fishing equipment for anglers.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources also stocks dozens of community lakes across the state as part of its Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program. Most of these lakes received a stocking of channel catfish in May. To find the nearest lake, go online to then search under the keyword, “FINs.”

The Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce will host a Free Kids Fishing Event at Little Lake Park in Grand Rivers.  Dates and times are Saturday, June 2, from 8 – 11 am.  Use of poles and bait provided.  Event includes trophies by age group, goodie bags for the kids, and snacks.  Event sponsored by Grand Rivers Chamber and Between the Rivers Fishing Guide.  Find more information on