Sports and Outdoors


Kid’s Fish & Play Day set June 3
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Purtis Creek State Park will host the park’s 14th annual “Kids All-American Fishing Derby” from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3.
Also known as “Kids Fish and Play Day,” last year’s event drew more than 500 people, and more than 200 children signed up for the fishing derby in the park’s 355-acre lake.
In addition to fishing from the bank or the park’s two T-shaped fishing piers, the day will offer children numerous games and contests, face painting, archery and paddle boat races.
A big hit at past events has been a climbing wall.
Because the 1,500-acre park completely surrounds the lake, no state fishing license is required.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Freshwater Fisheries set fishing festival for June 3
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family and free hot dogs and drinks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3.
Anglers who fish in TFFC’s stocked casting pond can enter the big fish contest held by the Irving Christian Bass Club.
Prizes of fishing gear will be awarded for the three largest catfish and sunfish.
All children 12 and under will receive a free ticket for door prize drawings.
The Tarrant County Christian Bass Club will hold the Bassmaster Kids Casting Contest. Participants will receive a certificate from the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society (B.A.S.S.).
In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail; see a diver hand feed fish; learn about the history of fishing in the freshwater fishing museum; shop for a Father’s Day gift in the Flat Creek Bait ‘n Goods Gift Shop and watch the alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.
The TFFC Fishing Festival is sponsored by Athens Wal-Mart Supercenter, Bass Pro Shops Grapevine, Gander Mountain Corsicana, Freshwater Angler’s Association, Ernie Yarborough and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to spend time together on and around water.
No fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an aquatic nature center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
It is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas and four miles east of Athens on Farm-to-Market 2495.
Dive shows featuring “Splash” take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m Sunday.
Usual admission is adults, $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50.
For more information go to and click on fishing and boating, or call (903) 676-2277.

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