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Mingo’s Family Fishing Day is a Catch
Midwest Region, June 8, 2013
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Showing off their catch at Mingo's Family Fishing Day.
Showing off their catch at Mingo's Family Fishing Day. - Photo Credit: Sharon Tuschhoff
Families enjoying the beautiful day while fishing at the Binford Unit.
Families enjoying the beautiful day while fishing at the Binford Unit. - Photo Credit: Sharon Tuschhoff
A young angler eager to make a catch.
A young angler eager to make a catch. - Photo Credit: Sharon Tuschhoff

On Saturday June 8, more than 50 participants came out to Mingo National Wildlife Refuge to take part in the Family Fishing Day event. Family Fishing Day is part of monthly Swamp Saturday Programs at the refuge. These ongoing education programs cover a wide range of topics that focus on sharing information about refuge wildlife, plants and habitat, while also encouraging participants to get out and enjoy their local national wildlife refuge.

This year the Family Fishing Day event took place at the Binford Unit of Mingo Refuge. The Binford Unit was a cooperative project taken on by the Mingo Swamp Friends, the Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in 2006 to provide a public fishing area on the refuge. One of the goals for the Binford Unit project was to create an area that would be ideal for fishing events like this year’s Family Fishing Day.

Overall, the Family Fishing Day event at the Binford Unit was a huge success. The day coincided with Missouri’s Free Fishing Day, so all participants, no matter what age, could enjoy the recreational past time of fishing without purchasing a fishing license for the day. Besides fishing, participants were also welcomed take part in other activities that were stationed by refuge staff and volunteers. Some of these activities included target casting practice and minnow races.

Throughout the day, participants had a blast catching fish after fish. Bullheads were the common fish caught, but participants also caught bluegill, bass, and catfish. At the end of the day, the Mingo Swamp Friends group announced the winners for fishing related categories that included “Most Fish Caught,” “Biggest Fish Caught” and “Smallest Fish Caught.” The winners of each category received a prize that was donated to the Mingo Swamp Friends Group by local area businesses. Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and the Mingo Swamp Friends Group hope to expand on the success of this Fishing Day Event and plan to offer it again next year. Let’s see how much the fish stories grow!


Contact Info: Peter Rea, 573-222-3589, peter_rea@fws.gov



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