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Being in the great outdoors with someone you love and the prospect of a fish on the end of your line provided plenty of incentive for 92 kids to register for Muleshoe’s annual Youth Fishing Day.

Young anglers and their parents gathered at Muleshoe City Park Lake Saturday for the event that has been going on for about 11 years.

A week before the event, the lake is stocked with catfish from an Oklahoma hatchery.

“We work with the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department,” said City Secretary Zanea Carpenter. “They bring the fish to us, and we stock the lake for Youth Fishing Day.”

The youth fish off the edge of the lake for catfish from the hatchery as well as some perch.

 “We even had one youth that caught a turtle,” Carpenter said.

Some of the fish are a pretty good size. The largest was a 25 5/8 in. catfish caught by Cheyenne Pierce who placed first in the 12 and older category.

“Texas Junior Anglers comes out and holds the event for us,” Carpenter said. “They give prizes to first and second winners of the biggest fish in three different age categories.”

Along with Cheyenne, the other winners were:

12 and over, 2nd Place, Adrian Muniz

7 to 11, 1st Place, James Gunther; 2nd Place, Cason Venegas

6 and under, 1st Place, Isabell Ramirez; 2nd Place, Elijah Sanchez

“It’s just a good community event. It brings us all together and promotes outdoor fun for the kids and the families,” Carpenter said. “It was a very pleasant day, although the wind kicked up a little at the end. Bailey County EMS donated hot dogs, hamburgers and cake to anybody that was there. From year to year different groups come out and do stuff like that.”

On a Facebook post, the city thanked Jeff Scott and his crew with the Texas Junior Anglers, Inc., Jude Law and the staff of the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife for supplying the fish, Bailey County EMS for donating food and the Public Works Department for getting the lake ready for the event.

The city’s next summer event will be “Encanto” at Movie in the Park on Thursday, June 16.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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