During the now-lightening restrictions of the COVID-19 shutdown, a great many optional activities were prevented. Fishing was not one of them.

Maybe you want to keep that in mind for the future. And if the possibility of fishing begins to sound better, consider what Kentucky plans for this Saturday and Sunday.

Free Fishing Days offers a time when people can try fishing throughout Kentucky — on any waters open to the public — without the obligation to have a fishing license. Kids younger than 16 never need a fishing license in Kentucky, but others do. But not this weekend.

Free Fishing Days are offered annually by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources as an invitation to sample fishing. Managers know that a certain segment of the population is right on the edge of wanting to try their hand at fishing, but the price of a license to make it legal holds them back. Managers feel that the license-free opportunities will let many folks try fishing on for size — and a good slug of them may come to realize that it is an activity they would like to do much more thereafter.

Forgiveness of license obligations changes no other fishing regulations during the two special days. Creel limits and fish size limits are among other rules that are unchanged.

Free Fishing Days, of course, does not alter private land and water protection. While anglers can fish public waters, the “free” days don’t change the need to get permission to fish on private property. Ask first, or stick with public waters, and here in western Kentucky, there are crazy amounts of public waters to fish.

If there are doubts about Kentucky fishing regulations, see the KDFWR website, www.fw.ky.gov, click on the header for Fishing and follow your nose from options offered.

Steve Vantreese is a freelance outdoors writer. Email outdoors news items to outdoors@paducahsun.com or phone 270-575-8650.

Steve Vantreese is a freelance outdoors writer. Email outdoors news items to outdoors@paducahsun.com or phone 270-575-8650.