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VOL. 110 | NO. 110 | Wednesday, June 5, 1996

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Youth Fishing Tournaments on June 8 - Free Fishing Day TWRA holds free fishing day on local lakes West Tennessee anglers go license-free Saturday Saturday is Tennesseeís free fishing day this year, which means that anyone can fish in the state without a fishing license, according to personnel of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). And with 29 major lakes, 100,000 farm ponds, 19,000 miles of warm-water streams and 2,000 miles of cold-water streams, anglers have plenty of water and bank space for everyone to enjoy this license-free day. Bank anglers, especially, can take advantage of a series of 13 small lakes managed by the TWRA for family fishing. Most have fishing piers designed for handicapped access, picnic areas and facilities for bank fishing. These special lakes include: Browns Creek Located 10 miles south of I-40 in Natchez Trace State Park, this 167-acre lake holds the state record for black crappie and also is good for bass in the 10- to 12-pound range. Garrett Located seven miles east of Dresden off Highway 54, it offers good catches of catfish. Herb Parsons Fifteen miles north of Collierville off Collierville-Arlington Road, this lake offers a good fishing pier for excellent catfish and bass fishing. Humboldt Five miles west of Humboldt on Highway 152, Humboldt Lake is known for its catfish and good-sized redear sunfish. Lake Graham Located nine miles east of Jackson on the Cotton Grove Road, this lake has large catfish, excellent crappie, bluegill and bass. Maples Creek Four miles north of I-40 in Natchez Trace State Park, Maples Creek has good populations of bass, crappie and catfish. Whiteville This lake is located two miles south of Whiteville on Highway 65. Glenn Springs Anglers can find largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish at this lake 12 miles northeast of Millington. There also will be two fishing tournaments for youngsters on Saturday at TWRA fishing lakes in West Tennessee beginning at 7:30 a.m. One tournament will be held at Lake Graham, near Jackson, for anyone 5 through 13 years of age and one at Whiteville Lake, south of Whiteville, for anyone up to 15 years old. Prizes will be given for the biggest fish, the most fish caught and the highest combined weight. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for each category in each age group. There also will be a drawing for an adult door prize. Refreshments will be available. Sponsors for the tournament include the Lake Graham Store, Delta Beverage ìPepsi," Anderson Bait Co., Graham Snack Foods ìToms" and the American Red Cross. For more information or to preregister, call the Lake Graham Store at (901) 423-4937.

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