The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division urges people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week, Saturday through June 12.
"Outdoor recreation strengthens the family as a unit and children as individuals," said WRD Chief of Fisheries Management John Biagi.
"National Fishing and Boating Week is an opportunity to remind all outdoor enthusiasts to teach their children and others the importance of natural resource conservation while introducing them to an exciting activity that could last a lifetime."
In the spirit of introducing new family members or friends to the sport of angling, Georgia offers two free fishing days during the week -- Saturday and June 11. On these days, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license to fish. Residents can fish on any public waters in the state. Additionally, residents do not need to obtain a WMA license to fish on a public fishing area or on Waters Creek on these two free fishing days.
In addition to the two free fishing days, there are multiple kids fishing events scheduled across the state during the week to help introduce children to fishing. The McDuffie Public Fishing Area will hold its free kids fishing event from 8 a.m. to noon June 11. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must sign in at the table before they begin fishing, and they must sign out when finished.
For more information, visit the WRD Web site at www.go fishgeorgia.com or call a WRD Fisheries Management Office.