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Youth Fishing Day at Clarence Cannon NWR
Midwest Region, May 21, 2011
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Youth showing off the popsicle fish he made. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Youth showing off the popsicle fish he made. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
A happy parent and youth with a nice catch. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
A happy parent and youth with a nice catch. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

For those of us that hunt or fish on a regular basis, it can be easy to forget about how much of a thrill it was the first time we caught a fish. Watching the kids participate in the 2nd Annual Youth Fishing Day at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge really helped the staff remember just how special of an experience it can be. Being there first had to see the intensity in the kids eyes as they watch their bobber begin to slowly dance around, and then as it goes under seeing them jerk the pole and reel with all their might, you would think there was a world record fish on the other end of the line. To most of the kids, it was better than a world record, it was their very first fish and it didn’t matter how big it was, to them it was a trophy. As the kids showed off there catches, the adults showed their excitement and it was easy to see that they were the ones that truly benefited from this event. Pictures were taken, high fives were given, and pride was shining brightly. About 30 kids came out and everyone had a great time. If the kids got tired of reeling in fish, there was also craft projects and button making activities at the headquarters. In addition to the thrill of catching some nice catfish, there were also some nice prizes that were drawn for and handed out to some lucky young fishermen. The local Wal-Mart in Bowling Green, Missouri donated two rod and reel combos and a tackle box, and since the event was registered as a Nation Trails Day event with the American Hiking Society, other giveaways such as shirts, backpacks and water bottles were also given out. The Missouri Department of Conservation supplied all of the fishing poles for the event, as well as stocking some nice bluegill in the pond. As the kids left with their stringers of fish, most made sure to tell us that they would be back next year. The staff at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is already looking forward to it.


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



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