The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Cleveland YMCA have teamed up for a unique, kids-only fishing event on Saturday, May 5.

Organizers are holding the event at the YMCA’s swimming pool.

TWRA wildlife officer Ben Davis said, “The folks at the YMCA are going to stop treating the pool, so by Friday, when we put the fish in, the chemicals will be flushed out, and the water will be fine for the fish. We’ll be stocking about 500 catfish.”

Davis said they expect about 150 kids for the free event that starts at 9 a.m. He said that after it’s over at 1 p.m., the YMCA will immediately drain the pool, and they’ll recapture any catfish that haven’t already been caught by the kids and restock them somewhere else.


“As far as I know, this is the first time anything like this has ever been done in Tennessee,” Davis said.

This is just one of dozens of free fishing events TWRA is helping organize all across the state. Click here for a list of other events.

Richard Simms is a contributing writer, focusing on outdoor sports.