Celebrate free fishing day June 2
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 2, by offering free admission plus free fishing for the whole family.
Families may win prizes in a catfish tournament at TFFC’s casting pond. Anglers may fish as individuals or as teams with an adult assisting a child. All tackle and bait are furnished. Free hot dogs, chip and drinks will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by employees of the Athens Wal Mart Supercenter.
In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail; see a diver hand feed fish; take a tram tour around the hatchery ponds; shop for a Father’s Day gift in the Gift Shop and watch the alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.
National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to spend time together on and around water.
In Texas, no fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated as Free Fishing Day.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas and four miles east of Athens on F.M. 2495. Dive shows take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Usual admission is adults, $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50 with season passes available. For information go to http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.
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