The Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge will host its fifth annual Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth ages 15 and under, when accompanied by a parent or guardian, will have the opportunity to catch fish in a pond on the refuge. This event will help children learn how to fish so they can hopefully enjoy this activity and be “hooked” for the rest of their life.
Children may bring their own fishing poles and tackle, but all fishing gear will be provided if needed. In addition to fishing, refuge staff will also offer other activity stations such as learning to cast and craft projects. Admission to the event and all activities is free. In celebration of the refuge’s 50th anniversary, there will also be a drawing for six free fishing poles for children and one fishing pole for an adult.
With high water levels on the Mississippi River, there is a chance that the event may have to be postponed due to the refuge flooding. Be sure to contact the refuge a day or two before the event to make sure it has not been postponed. For more information, please call the refuge at (573) 847-2333 for an update or check the refuge Facebook page by visiting http://www.facebook.com and searching for Great River National Wildlife Refuge or Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge.
Clarence Cannon NWR is located in Pike County, approximately one mile east of Annada, along Highway 79 between Elsberry and Clarksville.
Pictured are four generations of the Reese family. From right are Selma Reese, Kirstie King, Deb Schaeffer, and baby Reese King.