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Jeffers' Bend "Fish Release" and "Take Kids Fishing Day"

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On Thursday, May 23rd, at 1:00 pm, just before Take Kids Fishing Day, officials from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be at Jeffers’ Bend to stock Little River and the Lake with hundreds of fish for the day.  “Big Jeff”, the giant fish that every year is the main target of young fishermen, will be released into the Little River at this time.

“Big Jeff” and his friends will plunge into North Fork Little River at 1:00 pm. on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, waiting for hundreds of kids to take their “Best Shot” catching “Big Jeff” and his friends on May 25th, 2013 – Beginning at 9:00 AM. NO ONE HAS EVER Caught “Big Jeff”. Will this be the year it happens?  

Be sure to attend and give your child the opportunity of a life time, making wonderful memories of excitement and adventure. Jeffers’ Bend offers hiking trails, a bird observatory, natural scenic beauty and several environmental events for the whole family. There is something for everyone!

As many as 850 youngsters, ages 3-15 are expected to attend the 15th annual Take Kids Fishing Day, on Saturday, May 25th at Jeffers’ Bend Environmental Center in Hopkinsville. The fishing will take place from 9:00 to noon with awarding of prizes from noon to 1:00 p.m.  The event is organized by the North Fork Little River Planning Committee, in cooperation with the Pennyrile Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council.  Jeffers Bend is located at the end of Metcalfe Lane here in Hopkinsville.

Mark Withers, chair for the event, anticipate a larger crowd than 2012 with increased numbers from Pembroke and Oak Grove.  “The event will be fun for the entire family with lots of food and plenty of fish and prizes”, says Withers.  

The pre-registration fee is $2.00 per kid and adult and $3.00 for those registering onsite. There is $1.00 off admission for all Military. The fee covers all event costs as well as a light lunch.  A limited supply of fishing equipment and bait will be supplied for the children who are able to fish and win prizes.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  There is no fishing license required for this event.

Those children that are pre-registered and arrive before 10:00 a.m. on May 25th will have a chance to take home a free “Take Kids Fishing” T-shirt.  The t-shirt, food, prizes, etc. are made possible through generous donations from numerous sponsors including Atmos Energy, Heritage Bank, Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union, Christian County Conservation District, Roeder Implement, PACS, BB & T, Planters Bank and many more., who will be recognized at the fishing event.  The prizes will be awarded in the four age groups of 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, and 12-15 for the Largest fish, the Most fish caught, and the Smallest fish.  There will also be prizes awarded in Casting and Reeling competition for the four ages mentioned earlier.

Pre-registration sites include:
*Christian County Cooperative Extension Service *HWEA drive thru on Ninth Street *PRECC drive thru *YMCA *Boy and Girls Club *Jeffers Bend *Aaron McNeil, H.E.S. Boys & Girls Club, Woodland Heights and Recreation Department

For questions contact: Charles Turner, Jeffers’ Bend Steering Committee Volunteer at 270-885-5600 charles.turner@ky.usda.gov or turner1224@gmail.com