Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge Hosts Free Fishing Day for Kids

Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge Hosts Free Fishing Day for Kids

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Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is set to reel in young anglers with its annual "Take a Kid Fishing Day" on July 13. The free event aims to hook children on the joys of fishing while promoting public use of the refuge.

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., kids 15 and under, accompanied by adults, can cast their lines without a state fishing license. The refuge will provide a limited number of free fishing packets, poles, and bait for beginners on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beyond fishing, the day offers a full tackle box of activities. Children can test their skills in a casting contest, craft their own cane poles, and try their hand at hover archery. These shore-side attractions will be available until 1:30 p.m.

To fuel the young fishermen, free hot dogs, chips, soda, and cookies will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A prize giveaway for kids rounds out the day's catch.

Joe Smith, refuge manager, emphasized the event's importance. "This day is about more than just catching fish. It's about connecting kids with nature and hopefully sparking a lifelong interest in conservation."

The Big Oaks Conservation Society, a local non-profit friends group, co-sponsors the event with area merchants. Volunteers will be on hand to assist novice anglers and share fishing tips.

Visitors new to the refuge must arrive early to watch a mandatory 20-minute safety video. The fishing site is a 30-minute drive from the refuge office, so officials recommend checking in no later than 1:30 p.m.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge spans 50,000 acres across three Indiana counties. It boasts one of the largest contiguous forest blocks and grassland complexes in southeastern Indiana, offering diverse habitats for wildlife viewing.

For more information, contact the refuge office at 812-273-0783 or visit their website at www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/. If you're interested in learning more about fishing basics and how to get started, check out our comprehensive guide.

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Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge Hosts Free Fishing Day for Kids

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is set to reel in young anglers with its annual "Take a Kid Fishing Day" on July 13. The free event aims to hook children on the joys of fishing while promoting public use of the refuge.