The annual Grundy Lakes free fishing rodeo was a huge success again this year with over 160 kids coming out and wetting a line. The event was sponsored by Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Myers Hill Methodist Church.
The TWRA stocked over 500 pounds of catfish in Grundy Lakes before the event so there would be plenty of potential bites on kids’ lines. “We put 500 of catfish in one Wednesday and we even put in an albino catfish. We’re going to have to put a bounty on it. If someone catches it, let us know,” said TWRA officer Brandon Selvog.
Groups donated prizes and the TWRA purchased even more prizes for the event with kids being able to select from a variety of fishing gear, toys, and other items. Silver Bait donated worms for the kids to fish with and Walmart donated other prizes along with Berkley and Abu Garcia.
All kids had equal chances at winning. “We give away all the prizes as door prizes. No fish wins it, it’s all random draw,” said Selvog.
Myers Hill Church took care of all the food, drinks, and snacks for the event with members helping with set up, cooking, and clean up. Pastor Dennis Rollins said the church is glad to be involved for many reasons.
“The world has so much stuff to offer. This is just a great chance to do something for kids and let them know we’re here for them. We look around any of our counties and there’s too many of our kids in trouble. We need to be reaching out to them. The younger they are the better it is to help them. This is about us promoting the Gospel and letting the kids know there’s someone out there that cares about them,” said Rollins.
The rodeo is held each year on Free Fishing Day in Tennessee and gives families a chance to enjoy a fun activity that can lead to a lifetime of memories. Take a kid fishing any chance you get.