FREE FISHIING DAY DERBY A HIT WITH ME   2 comments

The event was for kids but it was one of the more pleasant experiences of my life.  Yesterday, I attended the Annual Free Fishing Days Kids Derby at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in southern Illinois.  The event was staffed and sponsored by local merchants, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and local volunteers. 

The sunny day was hot but coolers of bottled water were placed along the shore at strategic locations.  Participants were encouraged to help themselves and no one suffered any ill effects of the weather. 

The only expense to the families in attendance was the cost of gasoline to get to the site of the old marina on Route 13 that is now Prairie Creek Recreation Area. 

Worms were the most popular bait among the young set.  They catch almost any kind of fish.  Worms are not difficult to put on a hook.  Adult assistance for fishing techniques and in baiting a hook was available if required. 

The first 200 children to register at the site received a free T-shirt and a package of goodies.  Other prizes were for the biggest fish, smallest fish and most fish in each of the age categories.  Fishing began at 8:00 A.M. and continued until noon when the participants got a free lunch and the prizes were awarded. 

The idea was for the youngsters to have a positive experience.  Then they will want to return.  They might even bring an adult with them. 

For more information about this event, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Visitor Center at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  The telephone number is 618-997-3344.  The center is located at 8588 Route 148,Marion,Illinois62959.

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2 responses to “FREE FISHIING DAY DERBY A HIT WITH ME

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  1. There’s no greater reward than helping a child. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pingback: FREE FISHIING DAY DERBY A HIT WITH ME – crabfishing.info

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