Roaring River State Park's kids' fishing event attracts 904

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Outdoor education Photo by Kerry Hays/Missouri State Parks Outdoor education classes offered at Roaring River State Park's annual back-to-school Kids' Fishing Day included Furs and Skulls, which was presented by Monett taxidermist Shannon Ostertag, and Elk are Back in Missouri, presented by Roaring River Hatchery staff member Julie Fraley. Families also had the opportunity to take part in a hatchery tour, view live snakes, learn how to fish Roaring River and practice their archery and target shooting skills during the event, which was held Aug. 18.

On Saturday, hundreds of youth and their parents turned out to enjoy the sunshine and take part in the annual back-to-school Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River State Park. Free fishing tags were distributed to 904 children for the event.

Last spring, the youth fishing day drew in 1,174 participants.

"It was a beautiful day," said Paul Spurgeon, Roaring River Hatchery manager. "It was excellent fishing. They were dragging them in right and left."

Bluegrass bands perform at RRSP Photo by Kerry Hays/Missouri State Parks Bluegrass bands Wilderness Road, Flying Buzzards and Spur of the Moment performed at Roaring River State Park during Kids' Fishing Day on Aug. 18. A small crowd of community members and park visitors gathered near the Roaring River stream to enjoy the free concert.

In addition to free trout tags, youngsters attending the event were given an assortment of educational materials and prizes. A total of 24 youngsters completed First Fish applications after reeling in their first trout at Roaring River.

Children attending the free fishing day also had the opportunity to take part in a variety of outdoor workshops, including Snakes Alive, Fish Cleaning and Furs and Skulls.

Maggie Renburg, age 7, of Oronogo, landed the biggest fish at this year's event. Renburg's catch weighed in at 7.58 pounds. Gavin Upchurch, of Cassville, landed a 5.9-pound fish, the largest catch made by in the boys division during the Kids' Fishing Day.

Youngsters fish RRSP Photo by Kerry Hays/Missouri State Parks Roaring River State Park's annual back-to-school Kids' Fishing Day attracted 904 young anglers. In addition to a free day of fishing, kids had the opportunity to attend over two dozen outdoor education workshops, listen to bluegrass music and win an assortment of prizes.

"We will have another Kids' Fishing Day in the spring, scheduled for May 18," Spurgeon said. "We would like to give a huge thank you to our volunteers and sponsors. Without them, this event wouldn't have happened."

Kids' Fishing Day volunteers included members of the Cassville community, Roaring River State Park, MAKO Fly Fishing Club, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Sponsors for the fall event included: Friends of Roaring River Hatchery; Missouri Department of Conservation; Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Jim Rogers, David Waugh and Roaring River Concessions; LMC Trucks; Walmart distribution center; Ramey and Pyramid Foods; Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury; Luck-E-Strike; B and P Discount; Pinnacle Fishing; Bank of America; Security Bank; Freedom Bank; Commerce Bank; Havenor's; Clarice Stephens; MAKO Fly Fishers; Charlie Stock; Chris Berry; Tammy Trantham; Rod May; Ron Moffett; Charles Knapp; Conoco; Fastrip; Kwik T's; Pizza Hut; and the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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