During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. In Kentucky, the weekend of June 1 and 2 fishing is free – this means anglers can go fishing without a license.
According to the state’s fish and wildlife department, free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. For those that already have a fishing license, they suggest taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.
Along with free fishing all weekend, the Kids Outdoor Adventures group is hosting a camping and fishing event at Panther Creek Park on May 31 and June 1. The event is sponsored by Independence Bank and a partnership between the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Office and the Daviess County Conservation District Office.
Families are invited to Take a Kid Camping on May 31 where they can play games and roast marshmallows. They are then encouraged to stay for Take a Kid Fishing the next morning, but participants do not have to attend both events. Camping is $5 a campsite and $2 per camper, while fishing is $1 for those who pre-register and $2 the day of the event.
Kids Outdoors Adventures was founded five years ago with the hopes of getting kids to unplug for a little while and get outdoors.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has information on its website for those who need to learn how to fish, find places to fish and boat using an interactive map or need information on how to obtain a fishing license.
One of the regulations on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website specifically regards Carpenter Lake in Daviess County. The restriction on using shad for bait has been removed.