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News Release

Fish and Wildlife regulations amended

Free fishing days are June 4-5 in Kentucky

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Every year, Kentucky offers free fishing days the first weekend in June. This year, the dates are June 4-5.

On free fishing days no license (including the Kentucky trout permit) is required of residents or nonresidents to fish any Kentucky waters. All other fishing regulations remain in effect.

Free fishing days are offered to promote fishing and National Fishing Week.

Several free fishing events for youth are planned June 4 across the state.

Commission to hold quarterly meeting June 3

Commission meeting notice June 3

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a quarterly meeting on Friday, June 3.

The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) in the Administration Building on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' campus in Frankfort. It will be open to the public.

The meeting also will be livestreamed and archived on the department's YouTube channel at A link to the livestream will be posted on the department's homepage at before the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda can be found at On the homepage, click on the “Commission Meetings/Agendas and Recaps" link.


Staff Spotlight: Dr. Matt Thomas

Staff Spotlight - Dr. Matt Thomas

In the "Staff Spotlight" this week, it's Dr. Matt Thomas, an ichthyologist with the department.

Matt is a leading authority on Kentucky fishes, an all-around naturalist and a skilled photographer. His Ph.D. research was on catfish taxonomy (biological classification).

Fun fact about Matt: He is co-authoring a book about Kentucky fishes that will cover identification, distribution and natural history.

“Staff Spotlight” is a new feature introducing you to the variety of staff and the breadth of their expertise, the diversity of jobs, programs and initiatives of the Department.

The spotlight appears weekly on Facebook ( and Twitter (@kyfishwildlife).

Stay tuned for next week’s “Staff Spotlight” featuring an employee from another one of the department’s divisions.

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