NMFH Annual Youth Fishing Rodeos
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (NMFH VEC) holds an annual youth fishing rodeo each spring. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks is dedicated to promoting the outdoors and encouraging responsible anglers! This year at the NMFH VEC we had close to 300 young people not only fishing but catching catfish and one or two crappie!
This year the Department tagged 25 fish, which won many anglers great prizes.
Some young fishermen (right) were so determined to get to the rodeo, they stopped on the side of the road, gathered some cane, and made it in time to land a catfish supper. The biggest fish caught was 5 lbs. 11 oz. This angler, Brett (left), decided the best place for the winning catfish was back in the rodeo pond. However, this catch still won the Bill Dance autographed hat!
A special thanks to BAM (Bowfishing Association of Mississippi) for participating in our event this year. Maybe some of these boys and girls will land some impressive trophy records in the future! To learn more about this organization that targets rough fish and invasive species like the Asian Carp, visit their web site at http://www.bambowfishing.com/.
Another special thanks to our supporters:
- US Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake
- The Hunter's Place in Elliot, MS
- PetKrazy in Grenada, MS
- Hunter's Hollow in Oxford, MS
- Bill Dance
- MDWFP personnel
- NMFH and VEC staff . . . . . and all the NMFH VEC Volunteers!
See our 2012 Youth Fishing Rodeo albums in the photo gallery for more pictures of all the 2012 anglers and their catches!
See you next year!