NOTICE: This event was originally scheduled for June 8th. It has been rescheduled due to weather.
June 22, A Reel-y Good Day to Hit the Water in Alabama. It’s Alabama Free Fishing Day and no license is needed to enjoy the bounty that is the Alabama waterways!
This is a statewide event that encourages residents and visitors to enjoy the outstanding fishing opportunities of Alabama’s waters like Bass and Catfish rich waters of Limestone County’s Wheeler Lake and Elk River. On this day, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resource has designated ALL the public waters of Alabama free to fish recreationally without the need of a license. Lakes access fees and other misc fees will still apply.
This annual free fishing day is a great chance to hit Wheeler Lake, Alabama’s second largest lake, which has been yielding record- and near-record breaking fish this season. Though this isn’t unusual, there’s a history of big lurking Cats and Bass in these waters.
Special local events include, the Kids Fishing Rodeo for ages 5-15 with the Limestone County Sportsman’s Club will happen at their club lake on Kennedy Road (north of the Oakdale-Pepper Road intersection in Athens) from 9:00AM-12:00PM. This event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own bait and tackle. Prizes will be awarded by age group. For more information: Ron or Carol Mulack 256-233-3634.
Making a splash also this Free Fishing Day is the Larry Mitchell Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo at Joe Wheeler State Park (4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville) from 8:00AM-11:00AM in celebration of National Marina Day. Registration starts at 8:00AM with a monetary donation of your choosing. Weigh-in will be at 11:00AM at the Marina pavilion. Trophies for Biggest Fish and Largest Stringer in groups: 0-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-14 years. All proceeds benefit Larry Mitchell Memorial Scholarship awarded in the Spring of 2020.
Grab the cane pole and head to the river!