The seventh annual Fish Fest is slated to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Children under 13 years old can fish for rainbow trout in the canal at the Middlesboro city parking lot. Adults may accompany the youth but may not fish.
“We’re expecting a turnout this year,” said County Attorney Neil Ward, who helps organize the event.
The fish is released in the canal with nets in place to make sure children who come to the event get to catch some fish. There is a three-trout limit per child.
“Normally, you have to take kids to the fish. We bring the fish to the kids,” said Ward.
Ward said the children probably won’t remember what fish they caught, but they will remember spending time fishing with their aunt, uncle, etc.
There will be food and drinks provided for those in attendance.
Pro fisherman Brandon Card will also be in attendance. Card was on the University of Kentucky Bass Fishing team from 2005-2008. In 2007, he was the ultimate match fishing college tournament champion. He was also the 2012 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year and the 2013 Bassmaster Classic Contender.
Fish Fest is sponsored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bell County Child Support, Bell County Fiscal Court, Middlesboro Storm Water, Smithfield, A-1 Porta John and Pure Fishing.
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