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"Celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week"

Boy with fish.  Credit: Adam Campbell, USFWS

Boy with fish. Credit: Adam Campbell, USFWS

Fishing is more than just catching a fish.  Fishing can provide an important connection to the outdoors and help build a lasting appreciation for natural resources.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service works to enhance recreational fishing opportunities and provide the public with enjoyable places to observe and learn more about our Nation’s aquatic resources.

National Fishing & Boating Week, held the first full week of June each year, is a time when National Fish Hatcheries across the region participate in dozens of events that offer families the opportunity to experience and learn more about their local fisheries.  National Hunting and Fishing Day, held the last Saturday in September, is also a time set aside for fishing and learning fun.  Many states offer free-fishing days during these times so that it is even easier for people to participate.

There’s an Event Near You

Fourteen National Fish Hatcheries in the Southeast sponsor fishing events.  Thousands of participants have the opportunity to experience the thrill of landing a fish, touring a hatchery, and gaining valuable information and skills for helping to conserve fisheries.

Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery (SC)

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery sponsors an annual kids fishing day allowing youngsters to fish for bass, bream, and catfish for fun and prizes.  The event is held on Saturday, June 2, from 8:00 am to noon at the hatchery.  For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/warmsprings/BearsBluff/, or contact Roman Crumpton at 843/559-2315.

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery (GA)

Seniors Fishing Rodeo to be held Friday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to adults ages 55 and older - great fishing! Participant must bring their own fishing gear and bait.  For more information, visit www.fws.gov/chattahoocheeforest, or contact Crystal Thomas at 706/838-4723.

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery (GA)

Family Fishing Festival to be held Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to youth ages 16 and under - fun filled day of fishing and learning! Participants must bring their own fishing gear and bait. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/chattahoocheeforest, or contact Crystal Thomas at 706/838-4723.

Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery (TN)

The Tenth Annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo will be held June 9, 2007 (Tennessee Free Fishing Day) from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery. Held in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, this free event will take place at the creek below the fish hatchery and is open to youth under the age of 15. For more information visit www.fws.gov/dalehollow, or contact Angela Roach at 931/243-2443.

Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery (AR)

Norfork National Fish Hatchery (AR)

Norfork National Fish Hatchery’s Annual Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 9th. Registration starts at 8:00 am. No entry fee, free food, and free prizes. Must be 15 and under. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/norfork, or contact Ken Boyles at 870/499-5255.

Panama City Fisheries Resource Office (FL)

Eglin Youth Fishing Rodeo to be held Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children 13 years and younger should have their bait and fishing poles ready for this great event at Prisoner Pond, 6th Army Ranger Training Compound, Eglin Air Force Base. For more information, visit http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123052863, or contact Bill Tate at 850/883-1189.

Panama City Fisheries Resource Office (FL)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's annual "Kids' Fishing Clinic" to be held on June 2 from 8AM-12 noon at Panama City Beach on the Dan Russell Fishing Pier. We'll help with rod and reel assembly, manning information booths and assisting anglers on the pier. The event draws from 300-500 kids and adults. Each child receives a free rod and reel and food and drinks are also provided free of charge. For more information, contact Bill Tate at 850/883-1189.

Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery (LA)

Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery (SC)

Warm Springs Fisheries Center (GA)

The Warm Springs Fisheries Center will host a Kids Fishing for Fun Day Saturday, June 9th, at the Aquarium in Warm Springs beginning at 8:00 am. All children ages 3 to 12 years are eligible to participate in the event. More information and required registration forms may be found at www.fws.gov/warmsprings. Contact Rosla Plant at 706/655 3382.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (KY)

BFishing event.  Credit: Larry Jernigan, USFWS

Fishing event. Credit: Larry Jernigan, USFWS

What began as a small event in 1986 has now blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in the country! This year’s 26th annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 and will take place at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.


Designed as a way to get kids outdoors and connected to fishing, this event provides an opportunity for families to have fun with a rod and reel! Last year’s event included approximately 1,350 participating children! Support and planning for the event came about through generous donations of more than a hundred volunteers and over one hundred sponsors. The event offers fishing, prizes, trophies, food, and much more at no charge! Fishing assistance is available, and all participants need to bring their own rods and tackle.


The event begins at 9 a.m. CST with the following schedule per age group with registration beginning at 8 a.m. CST. Ages 1 through 4 will fish at the Kiddie Pool area while all other age groups will fish at the hatchery creek.


Ages 1 – 4: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Ages 5 – 6: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. CST
Ages 7 – 8: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CST
Ages 9 – 10: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST
Ages 11 – 12: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CST
Ages 13 – 15: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST

The derby is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the derby, please feel free to contact the Hatchery at 270-343-3797. For more information on the derby, including fishing times, please visit the event Website: www.catcharainbow.org. You can also contact Kristi Pupak, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist at 270-343-3797 or via email:kristina_pupak@fws.gov.

 


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Last updated: May 16, 2012