On Saturday, Marshall County held its 3rd Annual Kids' Fishing Day at New Lake in Lewisburg. Being held in conjunction with a Free Fishing Day that was being conducted throughout the state of Tennessee, the local event has grown each year and is used to promote kids, the outdoors, and fishing activities in an effort to help bring families together.
Starting at 8 in the morning and running throughout the day, children of all ages were invited and between 125 and 150 kids participated in this year's Fishing Day after 75 showed up for the inaugural event in 2009.
Although there were no classes or prizes for catching the most fish, nearly $5,000 worth of fishing equipment was donated to the event by Chad Fox Allstate Insurance, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Strike King Lure Company, Zoom Bait Company, Cabela's, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.
Along with 100 rod and reel packs being given away, participants received a substantial amount of free tackle and bait as well. Children also registered for a drawing to give away a lifetime Hunting and Fishing License, which is valued at $850.
The TWRA originally came up with the idea for Kids' Fishing Day and released 500 pounds of catfish into the lake for the event with the City of Lewisburg paying for 100 pounds of the fish. In addition, 30 of the fish were tagged and were worth $20 apiece if caught.
The TWRA also provided everybody that participated in the event with a free lunch, which was cooked by volunteers Tate Lowery, Tyler Lowery, and Cody Blackburn.