The Friends of Mistletoe State Park will hold a Kids Fishing Rodeo for State Parks Day on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The annual event is always a big draw with local residents and this year’s rodeo promises to be a day of fun and learning.
The fishing rodeo aims to introduce children ages 15 and under to the sport as a “wholesome recreation they can enjoy for a lifetime,” explained Marilyn Grau, volunteer coordinator with Friends of Mistletoe State Park. “In collaboration with Friends, the McDuffie Fish Hatchery will stock a cove in Clarks Hill Lake, stretching nets across the area to hold the fish in.”
During the free event, youngsters will fish for catfish from the bank with the assistance of Friends. Volunteers will help with baiting hooks and taking fish off of the hooks. They will even help clean the fish, if needed. Participants must, however, bring their own fishing pole and bait. No fishing license is required to participate in this event.
Prizes of fishing equipment will be awarded throughout the day. In addition, participants will receive a free commemorative shirt, thanks to the recent awarding of a $1,000 grant from Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. The grant is one of several “Your State Parks Signature Sites” grants awarded in conjunction with “Your State Parks Day.” The free shirts will be distributed until they run out.
“After a morning of fishing, an estimated 200 youngsters and their families will enjoy a picnic of hotdogs and chips provided by Friends of Mistletoe State Park,” added Grau.
Admission to the park is free on Sept. 28. The park pass fee is being waived in all Georgia State Parks for State Park’s Day.
For more information about the Kids Fishing Rodeo, contact the park office at (706) 541-0321.