Fishing Fun

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 1, 2008

Enid Lake plans day of fishing fun for physically challenged

By Frank Laster
Enid Lake Park Ranger
Special Events

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Chickasaw Hill Volunteer Association will host the 17th annual Physically Challenged Fishing Day September 6. The event will take place at the Chickasaw Hill Boat Ramp beginning at 8 a.m.

After a morning of fishing everyone will return to the picnic shelter at the boat ramp to enjoy a good old fashion fish fry with all the trimmings and awarding of door prizes.  

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The Chickasaw Hill Volunteer Association along with residents from the local community will provide pontoons boats, bait, poles, and all essentials for a class A fish fry.

This event is held annually to give individuals, who do not have the everyday opportunity, a chance to enjoy the great outdoors along with one of the most enjoyed recreational sports – fishing.

Many participants for this event come from surrounding states and are contacted through agencies such as the Veterans Hospital Memphis, Baptist Memorial Rehabilitation Center-Memphis, Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities-Tupelo and the Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson.

Participants for this event range from young children to older adults and must be physically challenged.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to thank area merchants and businesses from Batesville, Water Valley, and Charleston and to all the volunteers who contribute to the event.

Without the sponsors and volunteers this event would not be possible. For more information on Physically Challenged Fishing Day please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.

National Hunting and Fishing Day

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake would like to invite everyone to “National Hunting and Fishing Day” scheduled at Riverview Recreation Area located below the dam at Enid Lake on September 27.  

Activities will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. The day will be filled with hunting, fishing, and outdoor exhibits, along with musical entertainment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, children events, concession stands, and prize give a ways.

A youth fishing rodeo will begin at 8 a.m. Young anglers between the ages of 3-15 may participate in the event.

Only cane poles equipped with one hook will be allowed during the event. Participants found using casting style fishing poles, treble hooks or multiple hooks will be asked to leave the event.

Enid Park Rangers encourage all participants to bring their own fishing gear including: cane poles, fishing tackle, stringers and bait. A limited amount of cane poles and bait will be available onsite. We would like to remind all participants that the youth fishing rodeo is restricted to youth only.  

Other activities include: retriever demonstrations, musical entertainment, puppet shows, a raffle for prizes (children between 3 and 15 years of age will be eligible to win), a train ride, Putt-Putt Golf, 3-D archery shoot, and a pop gun shoot. Free wildlife food plot seed will be given away to the first 200 visitors.

We encourage everyone to come and experience the great outdoors and to recognize the important role everyone has in preserving and improving our natural resources. In return we can introduce younger generations to the outdoors, and pass on skills and knowledge to make sure we do not lose what previous generations have worked so hard to protect.

For more information on Hunting and Fishing Day please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.