More than 30 free, family-oriented fishing events get underway this weekend, as part of 2017 National Fishing and Boating Week.
Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish — many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain.
Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in freshwater and saltwater, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited.
The Wildlife Commission is donating prizes as well — any of which would be a perfect addition to a young angler’s tackle box. Local sponsors for many events will provide prizes and gifts to registered participants as well.
The Commission will conduct the drawing for the prizes in late June. The names of winners, as well as their prizes, will be posted on the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org.
Find a fishing event near you or visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing for more information on fishing in public, inland waters. For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week, visit www.takemefishing.com.