It’s time to ‘take a kid fishing’

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Grab the rods and spin the reels, it’s time for Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farms in Pronto.

The annual kids’ fishing event will be from 8 until 11 a.m. Saturday with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Participants should be between the ages of 5 and 15 and accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

John and Carol Dorrill will, once again, host the day of free fishing fun just for kids. And, just to make sure that the picture perfect pond is brimming with catfish, the Dorrills have add about 200 more to the pool.

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Pike County Conservation Officer Jerry Jinright said the pond at Clay Hill Farms is well stocked with “cats” and they are biting everything from Catfish Charlie to chicken livers and red wigglers.

“Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day is an educational fishing experience, whether a kid has fished before or is fishing for the first time,” Jinright said. “We want every kid who loves to fish or wants to fish to come out Saturday and fish and have a good time.”

To ensure a good time, all kids are encouraged to bring a hat and sunglasses if the weather is sunny and warm and rain gear if the rain clouds come.

Kids will need to provide their own fishing equipment so they should bring a rod and reel or fishing pole, their bait of choice and an ice chest for their catch.

Kids will be divided into three age groups and prizes will be given for the total weight of fish caught in each age division.

“The stringers of fish will be weighed and the heaviest stringers in each age group will be the winner,” Jinright said.

“Walmart has donated two $50 gift certificates toward the purchase of bicycles at Walmart in Troy,” Jinright said. “And, those will be given in a drawing. Walmart has also donated two $50 gift certificates to be given as prizes.”

Jinright said a lot of prizes will be given away after lunch.

“These are prizes that any young fisherman would like to have,” he said.

Last year, everybody got a prize.”

Walmart will also provide lunch for Kids’ Fishing Day around 10:30 a.m. and everyone is invited to stay for hotdogs and the trimmings and the awarding of the prizes.

“John and Carol Dorrill continue to be supportive of Kids’ Fishing Day and we really appreciate their generosity,” Jinright said.

“The Pike County Treasure Forest Association and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee assist the Dorrills in getting ready for the big day and we appreciate their efforts to make this a fun day for kids.”

Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day is sponsored by Walmart, 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.