In Oct. 3 IssueBy Derek AaronRussell County News Editor
Following the success of the senior fishing derby early this week, the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery also sponsored the second annual Reaching for Rainbows Special Kids Fishing Derby for students from Russell and Clinton counties on Wednesday, with more than 100 people in attendance.
The children fished in the hatchery creek and enjoyed cooler fall weather below the hatchery for about two hours Wednesday morning, according to James Gray, the hatchery's director.
“I'd say we had 60 kids and about that many helpers so we had a good turnout,” he said.
Gray said the weather cooperated and some lucky children were able to land some of the creek's trout population.
The free event was open to students in Russell and Clinton counties who have special needs, according to the hatchery.
Following the fishing event everyone was served hamburgers and other refreshments as well as several other prizes given out.
In terms of attendees, the event officially hosted 109 students, teachers and student aides and helpers with a total student registration count of 57. “Overall, the event was an outstanding success,” said Environmental Outreach Specialist Amanda Patrick. “In brainstorming the event, we wanted to set aside a day just for students from Russell and Clinton counties that have severe disabilities, a chance for them to have an event all their own, with plenty of people to help encourage and share the joy of fishing and being outdoors with them.”
She said that last year only students from Russell County attended but that this year the hatchery was excited to host students from both Russell and Clinton counties.
“In hearing feedback thus far, we are pleased with how much everyone enjoyed the event,” she said. “Thank you to the generous sponsors who help make the event possible as well.”
All Kentucky sport fishing regulations will applied and participants had access to rods, reels and bait as part of the day’s activities.