World’s Biggest Fish Fry Junior Fishing Rodeo

Time to go fishing — the annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Junior Fishing Rodeo returns Saturday to Williams Lake. The event is free and open to children age 12 and younger. Fishing Rodeo hours are 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. It’s a good idea to arrive early, register and select a shady spot. The event is hosted by the Paris-Henry County Jaycees. 

 

Calling all future fishermen ages 12 and under to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Junior Fishing Rodeo Saturday.

The event returns to Williams Lake, 120 Greenacres Drive, where some hungry catfish mixed with a few bluegill and bass await young anglers.

Registration is free. Prizes will be awarded in several different age brackets for biggest and most fish.

Contestants must bring their own bait and tackle. Concessions will be available.

Young anglers will be allowed to fish from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. It’s a good idea to arrive early, register and select a shady spot. The event is hosted by the Paris-Henry County Jaycees.

For additional information, contact Brent Corey at 336-7924 or email b.corey0829@yahoo.com.

 

JOHNSON/STEELE BASS TOURNEY

Bass anglers who love competition are reminded of the annual Johnny Johnson and Paul Steele Memorial charity tournament scheduled for May 15. Sponsored locally by Hulme Sporting Goods, Village of Paris and Two Rivers Bass Club, the event will be held out of Paris Landing State Park Marina.

A $2,000 first-place prize is guaranteed. Entry fee is $100 a boat. A $20 optional big bass pot with a $500 payout will be offered.

Entry forms are now available at several area merchants. For additional information on the event contact Bobby Hart at 731-671-5112.

Anglers can also register on the morning of the event at Paris Landing State Park boat ramp beginning at 4:30 a.m. There is an additional $25 charge for late registration that morning.

Proceeds support scholarships and community youth programs through the nonprofit Two Rivers Bass Club.

 

QUAIL FOREVER SPORTING CLAYS

On May 1, the Kentucky Lake Quail Forever chapter is having a sporting clays event at a brand new venue. The location is Lone Oaks Farm in Middleton.

Lone Oaks is a five-star sporting clay and skeet venue that opened this March. Lone Oaks Farm is administered by UT Extension, a unit of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

Lone Oaks’ purpose is to connect youth and adults to the outdoors and encourage a deep appreciation for the land. Kentucky Lake Quail Forever’s purpose is also to promote wildlife habitat, and teach youngsters about conservation principles.

Entry ticket for $100 includes the 100 Round Sporting Clay shoot, Lewis style scoring, lunch, and a free QF yearly membership. Those shooters who prepay before May 1 will save $20 and receive a free gun entry.  

To sign up, just go online, to quailforever.org and click Find An Event. For those who wish to be a Bobwhite Sponsor at $200, you’ll receive the 100-round sporting clay entry, lunch, Lewis class prizes, an annual Quail Forever membership, QF Hat, station signage, and a free gun entry to be given away at the event.

A covey or team sponsorship for $500 includes four QF annual memberships, four shooting entries, four lunches, four gun drawing entries, four QF Hats, Lewis prizes, station signage and golf cart use during the session.

The Henry County-based QF chapter invites you to come join the fun at Lone Oaks Farm world-class shooting facility and help bring back the bobwhite quail.

 

WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETS

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will set the 2021-22 migratory gamebird hunting seasons at its meeting this week at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Wilson County. The two-day meeting concludes today and the session starts at 9 a.m.

In addition, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will present a preview of the big game hunting seasons and bag limits proclamation and the wildlife management areas (WMAs), public hunting areas, and refuges hunting seasons, limits, and miscellaneous regulations. The commission will vote on that proclamation at its May meeting.

The meeting will be the first for five commissioners who received their confirmation March 31. The new commissioners are Bill Cox (Collierville, statewide), Wally Childress (Bogota, statewide), Monte Belew (Paris, TFWC District 7), Stan Butt Sr. (Columbia, TFWC District 6), and Chris Devaney (Lookout Mountain, TFWC District 4), 

The meeting will also be the first for Jim Ripley as chairman. The Kodak resident moves into his role after serving as vice chairman. Angie Box (Jackson) is the new vice chairman and Tommy Woods (Piney Flatts) is the new secretary.

In other agenda items, an overview of chronic wasting disease and a summary of last year’s sampling and testing results will be given. Krysten Schuler, from Cornell University, will join the meeting by Zoom to provide an overview of a collaborative CWD-modeling project of which the TWRA is a member.

An update on Asian carp will be given, which will include control efforts. Those include the Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program and research efforts by the TWRA and partners including Tennessee Tech, United States Geological Survey and United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

ASIAN CARP ADVISORY MEETS

The Asian Carp Advisory Commission heard a presentation on bio-acoustic fish fence, the Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program, and established committees to address marketing and business development.

It was the second meeting for the commission held at the TWRA’s Region II Building on April 1. Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order in September 2020 establishing the Asian Carp Advisory Commission to study and provide advice regarding the best methods for mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems. State Sen. Mike Bell is serving as the commission chairman.

Teresa Lewis, director of the Midwest Fisheries Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, joined the meeting by Zoom to make a presentation on the bio-acoustic fish fence (BAFF). A BAFF sends a curtain of bubbles, sound and light from the riverbed to the water surface to guide or block fish. The BAFF, part of an experimental project, was unveiled at Barkley lock in late 2019.

TWRA Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss, who also serves on the commission, gave an introduction on the Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program. Since it was implemented in September 2018, close to 7 million pounds of Asian carp have been removed from the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.

Rob Goad, executive director of the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee, was a guest to give the county’s perspective. Clay Young of North American Caviar was also a guest to give a wholesale fish dealer’s perspective.

Near the conclusion of the meeting, a business development committee was formed. TWRA Asst. Director Chris Richardson, along with advisory commission members and Bob Deacy (TVA) and Dennis Tumlin (Department of Tourism), will serve on the committee. The commission’s next meeting will be in Henry County on June 24. A location and time will be announced later.

 

SPORTSMEN’S CALENDAR

Today — Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Saturday — World’s Biggest Fish Fry Junior Fishing Rodeo, Williams Lake.

May 1 — Kentucky Lake Quail Forever Sporting Clay Shoot, Lone Oak Farms, Middleton.

May 15 — Johnson/Steele Memorial Bass Tournament, Paris Landing State Park.

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