TWRA reports no fatalities Memorial Day weekend

Friday, June 9, 2017
Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. No fishing license is required.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reporting that there were no boating-related fatalities over the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend.

It marks the third consecutive year without a boating fatality over the weekend. There have been seven boating-related fatalities so far in 2017.

During the period from May 26-29, there was one injury accident and five property damage incidents. TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement officers made 17 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. The number of BUI arrests was a decrease from 21 arrests made in 2016.

Be aware of private property when exploring Tennessee waterways.

Before paddling consider this

Small paddle craft have become all the rage in recent years. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards allow outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to get out and on the water relatively inexpensively. Tennessee is rich with rivers, streams, lakes and public access to those waters. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants paddlers to remember that once leaving a public access that most of the land bordering streams in Tennessee is private property. Many times property lines extend into the stream, so, if a paddler gets out and walks at any time during the float they may be subject to trespassing.

Wildlife Captain, Dale Grandstaff, says “Begin the float trip by identifying the area and know what lands are private and public before the paddling to avoid any possible conflicts. Ask for permission to access a stream by private land or to use an area along a waterway. Respect the rights of property owners along the river or stream by staying in the boat and only getting out in areas that are accessible to the public.”

Free Fishing Day to be held statewide June 10

The 2017 Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 10 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 16).

The day and week are annual events in Tennessee and are great opportunities to introduce children to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. The TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events.

For a list of the events, visit the TWRA website at and the For Anglers section. Anglers and potential anglers should check the events list often since special events are frequently added.

Free event near Cornersville

New Lake Youth Fishing Day takes place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is hosted by TWRA. A sponsor for this event is Fox Insurance, who will be providing free lunches to those attending. Age limit is 4 to 15. Bank fishing or boat access is available at New Lake. You can win money if you catch a tagged fish, too!

Grab your fishing pole and take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and fish free.