The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, along with Clarksville Parks & Recreation recently hosted the annual Youth Fishing Rodeo at Liberty Park.
TWRA's Nate Thompson says that the event has been going on for more than fifteen years, and it provides an opportunity for young people to experience the joy of fishing. For many of these kids, it's their first time catching a fish.
The event takes place each year in conjunction with Tennessee's Free Fishing Day. To prepare, TWRA stocks Liberty Park lake with about 1,500 pounds of catfish.
“Walmart helps us a lot with money and prizes,” Thompson said. “We get all of our bait donated to us by Bowles Wholesale Bait, and all of the trophies are provided by It's Time Clock Shop. We work closely with Clarksville Parks & Recreation, which is a tremendous help. Our goal is to make this a really fun day for everyone.”
Prizes at this year's event included fishing poles and gear, coolers, and all types of outdoor and sports equipment. This year's winners received trophies, gift cards, and other prizes. The 2018 Youth Fishing Rodeo winners were as follows: Smallest Fish – Ethan Duffie, Biggest Fish – Keshia Mullins, Most Weight (Total of five fish) Boys – Ardin Lopez, Girls Katrina Yingling.