Jamestown, KY – What began as a small event in 1986 has now blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in the country! This year's 31st Annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017 and will take place at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.
Designed as a way to get kids outdoors and connected to fishing, this event provides an opportunity for families to have fun with a rod and reel! Last year's event included approximately 1,400 participating children! Support and planning for the event came about through generous donations of more than a hundred volunteers and over one hundred sponsors. The event offers fishing, prizes, trophies, food, and much more at no charge!
The derby is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the derby, please feel free to contact the Hatchery.
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery will kick off another year of Fall Derbies in September for its wounded veterans of U.S. Armed Forces as well as senior citizen constituents. On Monday, September 11th, 2017, from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) will host the 6th Annual Wounded Warriors Fishing Event. This free event is open to any veteran wounded during combat and will be a day filled with fishing, food and fun.
Considered one of the finest fishing areas in the Eastern United States, wounded warriors will have the opportunity to fish Lake Cumberland, Cumberland River, and Hatchery Creek. Participants will start the day with a guided striped bass fishing tour on Lake Cumberland. Following a complimentary lunch, participants will end the day with trout fishing at Hatchery Creek or along the Cumberland River.
This fishing event was developed by Wolf Creek NFH and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. as an effort to promote outdoor recreational activities for wounded service members. Veterans who suffered various injuries related to their service are encouraged to participate. This includes but is not limited to amputations; post-traumatic stress disorder; traumatic brain injury; paralysis. All Kentucky Sport Fishing Regulations will apply. Lunch and fishing equipment will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own gear for trout fishing. Pre-registration will be conducted through Wolf Creek NFH. With only 25 spots available for this event, it is encouraged that interested individuals register as soon as possible to secure a position.
On Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery will host the 10th Annual Catch A Smile Senior Fishing Derby. The event is free and is open to anyone 62 years of age or older. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. CST. Hamburgers and other refreshments will be provided, and several door prizes will also be given away. All Kentucky Sport Fishing Regulations will apply, and seniors must bring their own fishing gear and bait. It's sure to be a day of great fishing fun, so come on out and enjoy!
For more information on these fishing events, please visit the www.fws.gov/wolfcreek or follow us on Facebook and Twitter /WolfCreekNFH. You can also contact Ashley Buffington or Moria Painter, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialists, at 270-343-3797 or via email: Ashley_buffington@fws.gov or Moria_painter@fws.gov.