Prattville Leisure Services will host a fishing event for kids age 14 and younger on Saturday, October 29. A limited number of free tickets for the 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. fishing sessions will be available for pick up at the Doster Community Center, 424 South Northington St., Prattville, Ala., prior to the event. The fishing event will take place at Pratt Pond in Pratt Park.
Kids must have a free ticket in order to fish. Tickets may be limited in order to ensure an enjoyable fishing experience for the participants. Any remaining tickets will be available on the day of the event.
On the day of the event, the kids will be able to keep up to four catfish. Anglers should bring a hat and sunglasses to protect their eyes. Anglers must bring their own bait; worms and chicken livers are popular baits for catfish, as is commercially available catfish bait. A cooler for the fish is also suggested. Anglers should bring a rod and reel. However, some WFF loaner rods will also be available for the parents to borrow for their child.
The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) will be providing channel catfish to the event. Channel catfish are a native fish that are easy to raise in ponds as well as being popular with anglers. WFF raises channel catfish to stock in its 23 state public fishing lakes. Any of the fish not caught by 3 p.m. on the day of the event will be available for local anglers of all ages to harvest. Fishing license requirements will apply: resident anglers age 16 through age 64 need a fishing license unless they are Autauga County residents fishing with a pole that does not have a reel.
“Fortunately we had some extra fish to donate to the event,” said Stan Cook, WFF Fisheries Section Chief. “We needed to make the best use of these fish, and this children’s fishing event is a great use for the catfish.”
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.