Refuge slates youth fishing derby for April

Staff Writer

The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual youth fishing derby on April 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Registration for the derby opens at 7:30 a.m. Registration and participation is free, and entrance into the park is free, as well. Children ages 4 through 15 years old are eligible to enter. 
The derby will take place at the refuge's event fishing ponds.

Steve Reagan, the Refuge manager, said the event has been happening at the current location for around 15 years. This year is Reagan's fifth year of involvement with the fishing derby.

"It's a very popular event," Reagan said. "We usually get anywhere from 100 to 150 kids participating. It's a nice opportunity for kids of all ages to come out and have a nice, enjoyable, safe morning."
The event is open to both experienced and new fishers, Reagan said.

"If it's their first time fishing, we go around try to help them learn how to fish," Reagan said. "If they fish for a long time, they get a chance to hook onto some small or big catfish."

There will be door prizes at the event for participants. For more information, call the Refuge's office at 662-323-5548.