Early birds get the worm: Kids Fishing Day at Powhatan

LLake Powhatan buzzed with kids of all sizes and skill levels swarming the shores and pier to get some fishin’ done. Here, volunteers dole out the bait — worms. The lake was just stocked with trout, bluegill and catfish. It’s all part of National Fishing & Boating Week, sponsored in North Carolina by the Wildlife Resources Commission. For more information, see details from the Commission below.

photos by Margaret Williams

Free Kids’ Fishing Events Scheduled for Late May, Early June
Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime fishing licenses, at one of 46 kids’ fishing events being conducted across the state in late May, early June.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bayside Grill & Marina, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2010.

The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes hunting and fishing privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. First prizes are lifetime fishing licenses donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and Bayside Marina & Grill, located in Edenton. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod and reel combos and fishing line while the Wildlife Commission is donating another 50 prizes, any of which would be a perfect addition to a young angler’s tackle box.

Local sponsors for many events will provide prizes and gifts to registered participants as well.

In addition to providing prizes, Commission staff will be stocking fish into waters at many of these locations a few days prior to the events to increase the chances of reeling in a nice-sized catfish, bluegill or trout.

The Commission will conduct the drawing for the 103 prizes in late June. The names of winners, as well as their prizes, will be posted on this Web site in late June.

For more information about National Fishing and Boating Week, visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Founda- tion’s Web site, www.takemefishing.org. For more information about fishing in public, inland waters, click here or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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