The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is hosting its 23rd Kids’ Fishing Rodeo in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week.
Acting in association with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Project Leader Thomas Reeves said the event is a great opportunity for young fishers of any level to come and enjoy the outdoors together.
“It’s not so much a skill-developing as it is a chance for the community to get together and have an outdoor activity we can all participate in,” Reeves said. “You’re supporting Dale Hollow Lake, you’re supporting the Corps, you’re supporting the fish hatchery, you’re supporting conservation and sports fishing.”
Reeves said they plan on stocking the creek from the hatchery with as many fish as they can, in hopes of giving kids participating a chance to catch as many fish as they can. Those participating can receive educational packages and even have the chance to win prizes.
“They come here to learn and have fun and make a mess out of things,” Reeves said. “The worse they are, the more fun we have because we get to teach them a thing or two.”
Reeves said that if you don’t participate in the fishing or miss the age cut off, there is still plenty to do to enjoy the outdoors with your community at Dale Hollow. The free event will be on Saturday, June 12th at from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reeves also said he suggests bringing your own equipment, as they have a limited supply of equipment for rent.