Good weather eyed for fishing event

First Posted: 5/28/2009

After what seems like months of steady rainfall, the weather is actually expected to cooperate Saturday when Mount Airy holds its first-ever community fishing day.
Fishstock 2009 is planned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tumbling Rock Reservoir at Westwood Park on Galax Trail. The free event is sponsored by Mount Airy Parks and Recreation and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
In addition to fishing, it will include live music, food, prizes and just an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful day in a scenic setting, organizers say. And thanks to a new weather system entering the region, conditions are expected to be mostly sunny Saturday with highs around 80 degrees.
Fishstock 2009 officially will usher in use of a newly stocked pond that is the first still-water fishing facility for the public in this area. Largely using state funding, the Tumbling Rock site was developed from the remnants of a 1920s municipal reservoir and includes a handicapped-accessible pier and other amenities.
Along with other fish varieties that have been stocked since 2007, 500 catfish will be released into the pond by the Wildlife Resources Commission specifically for Saturdays event.
Catrina Alexander, city recreation director, said Thursday that fishing poles are still available for borrowing by local residents lacking them, as well as bait. Those interested can call Reeves Community Center at 786-8313.
Anglers 16 and older are required to have a valid North Carolina fishing license to use the site.
A youth fishing derby is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Opies Candy Store.
From 2 to 3 p.m., music will be provided by the group Peace of Mind, with Midlife Crisis slated to perform from 3 to 5 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 556 is expected to offer concessions.

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