The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 6 by making a family fishing trip affordable: there will be free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.
Free hot dogs, employees of the Athens Walmart Supercenter will serve chips and drinks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Families may also win prizes in a cat fishing 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.
In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail, see a diver hand feed fish, learn about the history of fishing in the freshwater fishing museum, shop for a Father’s Day gift in the Flat Creek Bait ‘n Goods Gift Shop and watch the alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.
Athens Walmart Supercenter, First State Bank, Red Hat Rentals, Ernie Yarborough, Friends of TFFC and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsor national Fishing Day at the TFFC.
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. No fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an aquatic nature center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It 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 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Usual admission is adults, $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50.
For information go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.