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Success for the First Ever Youth Fishing Day at Clarence Cannon NWR
Midwest Region, May 22, 2010
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Refuge Manager, Jason Wilson is pleased with the crowd during the first Fishing Day event at Clarence Cannon NWR. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Refuge Manager, Jason Wilson is pleased with the crowd during the first Fishing Day event at Clarence Cannon NWR. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Kurtis Pursley, Maintenance Worker, cleans and filets the prize catches of the day. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Kurtis Pursley, Maintenance Worker, cleans and filets the prize catches of the day. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Finger painting was a popular activity at the Clarence Cannon NWR Fishing Day. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Finger painting was a popular activity at the Clarence Cannon NWR Fishing Day. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
This youngster is all smiles as he fishes for catfish and bluegill. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
This youngster is all smiles as he fishes for catfish and bluegill. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
A total of 59 kids, along with parents and guardians, gathered for a day of fishing at Clarence Cannon NWR. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
A total of 59 kids, along with parents and guardians, gathered for a day of fishing at Clarence Cannon NWR. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
One excited youngster shows off the buttons he made as part of the Clarence Cannon NWR Fishing Day events. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
One excited youngster shows off the buttons he made as part of the Clarence Cannon NWR Fishing Day events. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

The week preceding the May 22, 2010 Youth Fishing Day at Clarence Cannon NWR didn’t hold out much hope for a favorable turnout due to cold, overcast, rainy weather. On the day of the event, however the skies cleared and temperatures soared to the mid 80’s while a cool breeze kept the bugs away. As a result of the good fortune, 59 youth ranging in age from 2 to 15 years old came out to the refuge with their parents, grandparents and/or guardians to enjoy a great day of fishing! From the very start of the event, kids were reeling in nice sized catfish which were provided by Missouri Department of Conservation, along with the reels, rods and tackle.

The event went on without a hitch due to the dedication of the staff at Clarence Cannon NWR and an excellent group of volunteers. Andrew Howard, Katie Hill, Kyle Pursley, and Austin Pursley assisted kids with casting, baiting hooks, and removal of fish from lines; Curtis Parsons, a summer volunteer, and Lillian Poen helped with the indoor activities including button making and finger painting; while Madison Poen filleted the prized catches of the day! In the end all participants, including workers and volunteers, alike enjoyed the day and look forward to continuing the annual event.

For more information on the event, please check out Andrew Howard and Katie Hill’s outdoor website, www.musthaveoutdoors.com.


Contact Info: Candace Chambers, 573.847.2333, candy_chambers@fws.gov



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