Douglas Reservoir hosts fishing events for kids
Youngsters learn more than fishing
For some kids, it’s the first time they’ve ever cast a line. Others come from fishing families and spend most of the summer on the water. But they agree on one thing: fishing is fun!
Four hundred kids—and an equal number of adult chaperones—took part in this year’s Mountain Music Kids Fishing Tournament, held July 26 at TVA’s Douglas Dam on the French Broad River in east Tennessee.
Aurora Moldovanyi, a member of TVA’s Holston-Douglas-Cherokee Watershed Team, was one of the many volunteers who helped organize the event—one of the largest fishing events for kids in the state.
“It was great to see so many kids excited about fishing and having such a great time. But that’s only one of the benefits. The kids also had a chance to learn about water safety and the importance of our aquatic resources. They went home with a better understanding of the importance of water quality and taking care of our reservoirs.”
Moldovanyi attributes the success of the program to the dedicated volunteers and the many sponsors who donated prizes, fishing equipment, and food for the event.
Several agencies also were involved, including the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “They provided a boating officer who talked with the kids about staying safe on the water and handed out a lot of educational material,” said Moldovanyi. “They also brought a jet-ski simulator, which was a real hit with the kids.”
Participants and their families were treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream, and each child received a prize in addition to a t-shirt and goody bag.
Another kids' fishing event will be held on Douglas Reservoir on August 30, according to Moldovanyi. “Around 40 children with disabilities will take part in CAST for Kids. The kids and their families will be assigned to a boating volunteer and given a fishing rod and tackle box to keep. Then everyone will be fitted with life jackets and head out on the lake for a couple of hours of fishing and boating.”
This is the first CAST for Kids event to be held on Douglas. CAST for Kids is a national organization dedicated to giving disabled and disadvantaged children a chance to experience the joy of fishing.
Moldovanyi would like to see more fishing events for kids on TVA-managed reservoirs. “If you’ve ever seen the look on children’s faces when they reel in their first fish, you can understand why these events are so important. They help kids connect with the natural world around them, which is good for the kids and good for the future of our water resources.”