10:32am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Waters Open to All this Weekend

Fishing enthusiasts can test the waters for free this weekend as the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources sponsors the annual free fishing weekend. State residents and nonresidents can fish in any body of water Saturday and Sunday without a license. The weekend is part of a program to get more people familiar with fishing in Kentucky.

Under state regulations, a fishing license is required for those 16 or older.

State employees have been preparing lakes for this coming weekend.

"We finished stocking 25 lakes with catfish on Monday and Tuesday," said Dane Balsman, a fishery biologist. "The channel catfish average about 13 to 16 inches, and we stocked about 24,000 fish across the state recently."