Annual Kids Fishing Day draws large crowd; weather perfect for outing…
By Catrina Vargo
Louisa, KY — Blue skies, sunshine and a gentle breeze, made a perfect day for the 6th Annual Yatesville Lake Kids Fishing Day at Yatesville Lake Marina, Saturday June 7.
The event, hosted by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, drew a large crowd.
“We had 89 kids to sign up,” said Park Ranger, Andrew Auxier.
Some sponsors such as Friends of Yatesville Lake and C.H.A.S.E, were set up at the event, providing informational material. The Friends of Yatesville Lake is a non-profit organization dedicated to help expand, improve and develop new projects at Yatesville Lake and the surrounding recreational area.
Members of C.H.A.S.E which stands for Conservation, Hunting, Angling, Shooting Education, were also on hand Saturday. President, Ed Kegley, explained that the program is designed to educate children about outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, archery, and other sports, getting them involved in conservation. Kegleysaid they raise funds to support programs for 4-H, Cub Scouts and school groups.The chapter services Lawrence and Boyd Counties. For more information, call 606-624-5757.
Park Ranger, Andrew Auxier, along with Maintenance Operations Worker, Derek Wagoner, explained boating and water safety, and handed out ‘goodie bags.’The fishing tournament lasted from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Lunch was provided and trophies awarded in each age group for the most fish caught and the biggest fish caught.
In the 5 and under group, Daniel Thompson won both categories. In the 6-9 age bracket, the most fish was caught by Emily Chaney, and the biggest fish was reeled in by Brian Daniels. In the 10-14 group, Eric Franks caught the most fish, while Hunter Meek caught the biggest fish. In the 15 and over age bracket, there was only one individual signed up, Michael Fitzpatrick, which automatically won both categories.
Door prizes were also given away after the awards were presented.
Auxier said there is always a good turnout at the Kids Fishing Day.
“It’s a good opportunity for kids and families to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors” he said. Auxier thanked everyone for coming out and also thanked all the sponsors that helped put the event together, which included: Marathon Marine, C.H.A.S.E, Food City, Coca Cola, Friends of Yatesville Lake, Walmart, and KFC.
The Friends of Yatesville Lake will meet again on July 1, at 6pm at the Lawrence County Park Conference Center, located adjacent to the Yatesville Campground.The group invites anyone who is interested in helping with projects at Yatesville Lake to attend.