Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farms Saturday

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 18, 2015

Clay Hill Farms will host Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day on Saturday and kids ages five to 15 are invited to participate. All kids must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult over the age of 18.

Pike County Conservation Enforcement Officer Jerry Jinright said Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day is an educational fishing experience for kids regardless of their fishing experience.

“Whether the kids have a lot of fishing experience or none at all, they will benefit from Kids’ Fishing Day,” Jinright said. “John and Carol Dorrill host Kids’ Fishing Day at their well-stocked catfish pond at Clay Hill Farms and we greatly appreciate their support of this event. Although, we can’t guarantee that every kid will catch a stringer of fish, we can guarantee there are a lot of fish in the pond to catch.”

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Jinright said last years kids’ fishing event attracted 90 kids.

“That was the largest number of kids that we’ve had and they caught a record number of fish,” he said. “We hope to have that many kids and more at Clay Hill Farms on Saturday.”

Registration for Kids Fishing Day will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday and fishing will begin at 8 a.m.

All kids should bring a hat, sunglasses, bait, a rod and reel and an ice chest for the fish they catch.

“We’ll have a few rods and reels to loan on a first come basis but everyone must have bring their own bait,” Jinright said. “Some people like to fish with Catfish Charlie but livers are probably the best bait for catching catfish.”

Prizes will be awarded in three age groups for the biggest fish caught, the heaviest stringer of fish and the smallest fish caught on a hook.

“The Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association has donated money for prizes and we’ll have a large number of prizes to give away,” Jinright said. “All of the prizes will be associated with fishing and will include tackle boxes, cricket cages, rods and reels.”

Wal-Mart in Troy will provide lunch for those who participate and will also have two bicycle prizes to award in a drawing.

Jinright said to be eligible for the prizes, the kids must be present at the time of the drawings.

Fishing will stop around 10:30 a.m. to allow everyone to prepare for lunch and the awarding and drawing for prizes.

Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day is hosted by Clay Hill Farms and sponsored by Wal-Mart, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association and the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. The event is partially funded by the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program.

To travel to Clay Hill Farms from Troy, go south on U.S. Highway 231 about four miles. Turn left onto County Road 5522. At the stop sign, turn right onto County Road 5511 and go 1.2 miles. Turn left onto County Road 5523 (Norman Wilson Road) and go 1.4 miles. Clay Hill Farms will be on the left.

From Brundidge to Clay Hill Farms, travel north on Alabama Highway 93 for about 3.5 miles. Turn left onto County Road 5523 (Norman Wilson Road) and go 1.4 miles to Clay Hill Farms on the right.