on May 09, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5001
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2011) – Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at one of 43 kids’ fishing events conducted across the state in late May and early June.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2011. 

The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating another 100 prizes – 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. 

More than 2,500 children are expected to attend these events, catching Commission-stocked fishes in a variety of waters across the state, from trout in the mountains to catfish and sunfish in the Piedmont and coastal regions.

The Commission will conduct the drawing for the 152 prizes in late June. The names of winners, as well as their prizes, will be posted on the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org.

Check the list of free kids’ fishing events scheduled for late May and early June to find a fishing event near you.

For more information about National Fishing and Boating Week, visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s website, www.takemefishing.org. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.