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TPWD News Release — May 24, 2004

Free Family Fishing Continues in Texas With Special Events in State Parks June 5

AUSTIN, Texas — Today’s tech-savvy kids may know how to tie up the line between cell phones and Instant Messenger, but can they cast a line? A fishing line, that is.

As part of National Fishing and Boating Week June 5 -13, the Texas Parks and Wildlife department is gearing up for family fishing events across Texas. This year, the annual free fishing day and national weekly observance coincide with TPWD’s Family Fishing Celebration, designed to encourage folks to try out fishing.

Several State Parks will offer fishing tournaments, contests and prizes for children and adults. Many events are free, and no fishing license is required within more than 70 Texas State Parks as part of the Family Fishing Celebration, which lasts all summer long. June 5 is also Free Fishing Day in Texas, when anyone can fish with no fishing license required anywhere in Texas, not just in state parks.

Free Fishing Day falls within the national weeklong family celebration of fishing and boating observed by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a non-profit organization to increase awareness about recreational boating and angling as well as protect water resources to make these activities available in the future.

Even though a fishing license is not required, state park entrance and camping fees still apply at each of the state parks listed below which events are being held.

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