Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
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19th Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

 
Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

 
Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

 

On June 11th, 2011, Nearly 100 children showed up to fish at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge's ponds. Approximately 250 people attended the event. Door prizes were given away, along with goody bags, food, and refreshments. Three grand prizes were awarded for biggest fish caught for each age catagory (6 years and under, 7-9 years, and 10-12 years.)

Free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and drinks were distributed to every participant, along with coupons for free frosty's and ice cream cones.

Thanks to all of our sponsors in Union City, Hornbeak, Troy, Hickman, Dyersburg, Tiptonville, Samburg and Caruthersville! Without the help of your generous donations, we would not be able to have a fishing rodeo. Donations were collected from various local organizations. Donations included t-shirts, tackle, minnow buckets, bait, food, and funds. With funds that were donated, we were able to buy prizes for the youth to pick and chose from, including, but not limited to, fishing poles, camping tents, camping chairs, ball caps, slip-n-slides, life jackets, lanterns, sports equipments such as basketballs, baseball gloves, volleyball and badmitten kits, etc.

The 1st fishing rodeo at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was hosted in June 1991. The event lasted 3 hours and 92 youth participated in the event. Local businesses donated 95 prizes for the event. The event is part of National Fishing and Boating Week and the event is held on free fishing day for the state of Tennessee. The event begins at 8:00 and is over at Noon. Participants are youth ages 12 years old and younger. Bait, hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, drinks, and prizes are supplied by the donations of area businesses. The event is to encourage families to participate in outdoor recreational activities such as fishing and boating. Reelfoot NWR also offers fishing opportunities for disabled youth and adults which began in 1991 and continues today. Reelfoot NWR hosts 3 fishing events every year with the Kid’s fishing rodeo being the largest event.

Last updated: April 11, 2014