20th Take Kids Fishing Day is Saturday

Hundreds of children and their guardians will fill Jeffer’s Bend Environmental Center Saturday with fishing poles as the community participates in Take Kids Fishing Day.

This will be the 20th year for this annual event and Diane Croney-Turner says while people can register that day before the fishing starts at 9 a.m., she encouraged everyone to pre-register with applications available at multiple locations.

Other locations include the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville, Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority, HES and Woodland Heights. Each child from 3 to 15 years old will receive a free t-shirt along with free lunch. Steering Committee Chair Charles Turner says they try to keep the registration fee low so everyone can attend.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. While the pond and river will be filled with fish so all kids can have a chance at catching some, the most sought after fish is Big Jeff, the big catfish who has yet to be caught in the last 20 years of this event.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment if they have some, because supplies will be limited at the center. No fishing licenses is required to participate and the Turners boast of the event being family-friendly and good for getting people outside to enjoy and nature and time with each other.