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Free fishing opportunities abound this weekend

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D.A.R.E. Fishing Derby set, events planned across state

By The Staff

Families can take a free test drive of fishing fun during the first weekend of June.

Kentucky celebrates free fishing weekend across the state June 1-2. It’s been an annual event since at least 1992.

Moms, dads, grandparents, extended family and out-of-state visitors all can sample Kentucky’s fishing opportunities without having to buy a license or permit during this weekend. Size and creel limits on the number of fish that angles may keep still apply, however. Anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

With special events across the state planned for Saturday, June 1, most families can find fishing opportunities just a short drive away. A number of events are geared toward kids under the age of 16. Several include a free hot dog lunch, bait and loaner fishing equipment for anglers.

Families wanting the fun to last the entire weekend should consider a state park stay -Kentucky has a number of parks situated at prime fishing lakes. Find out more online at: parks.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources also stocks 39 community lakes across the state as part of its Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program. Most of these lakes received a stocking of channel catfish this month. To find the nearest lake, go online to fw.ky.govthen click onto the FINs logo on the right hand side of the page.

Some of nearby fishing events planned for June 1 include:

Anderson County:Anderson County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. Fishing Derby, Hope Community Church, 5930 U.S. 127 South, Lawrenceburg. Fishing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For kids under the age of 16; open for adults later in morning. Special stocking of catfish. Lunch provided. Anglers should bring own fishing equipment

Franklin County:Family fishing day, 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 throughout the weekend. Upper lake will close to fishing Friday, May 31, except that anglers 15 and under may fish in the lake from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Upper lake open for youth fishing only from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1. 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.