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Press Release

Free Fishing Day Events Scheduled Throughout the State

May 18, 2006

Several events, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division in conjunction with local supporters, are planned around the state as a part of Free Fishing Day, June 10. These special fishing events, held during National Fishing Week, June 3-11, provide opportunities for families and friends to share fun and quality time together while learning about one of our nation's favorite pastimes.

Coleman Lake, Calhoun County – for youth 15 and younger – contact Leslie Hodge, U.S. Forest Service, 256-463-2272.

12th Annual Westside Bass Club Kids’ Fishing Event – Lake Lurleen State Park, Tuscaloosa County – for youth 15 and younger – 8 a.m. until noon –contact Orlando Harris, 205-553-6876.

10th Annual Take a Kid Fishing event – Memorial Park Lake, Jasper, Walker County – for all youth – 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. –– Alabama Crappie Association – contact Mike Tubbs, fisher848@bellsouth.net.

Kids’ Fishing Derby in Andalusia – at the ponds by the Health Department – for youth 15 and younger – contact Mark Garner, 334-222-2555

14th Annual Fishing Rodeo – Auburn Technology Park South Lake for youth 12 and younger with an adult (adult fee $5) – 8 a.m. until noon – contact Alison Hall, Auburn Parks and Recreation, 334-501-2940.

Lee King Benefit Buddy Tournament for KidsLakepoint State Park8 a.m. until 2 p.m. – youths 15 and younger – contact Sam Williams, 334-687-6266.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 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. For more information about community fishing events, visit http://www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-adventures/fishing.cfm.

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