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Dust off that tackle box and grab a rod and reel!  Hosted “virtually” by the Refuge Friends Group, the 12th Annual Youth Fishing event will take place at Oxpen Lake beginning Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 11.  Due to Covid-19, the traditional, one-day derby and picnic are not possible.  However, the pond will be stocked and Facebook events will be hosted throughout the week.  On Thursday, October 15, they will host a Facebook Live event and draw for door prizes.  Any youth that pre-registered for the event will be eligible to win a door prize!

How to Participate: 

  • Guardians should pre-register the participating youth(s) at https://virtualyouthfishingweek.eventbrite.com.  Registration will open on September 10 and will close October 10.
  • Participants must provide their own bait, rod & reel, and bucket or stringer.
  • Parents may help their child bait hooks and cast, but are not permitted to fish.
  • Participants may fish during daylight hours Oct 3 through 11.
  • When fishing, participants should only fish with their immediate family/group and spread out along the pond edge, practicing physical distancing consistent with health department guidelines.
  • Guardians should join our Facebook event page and post pictures of your family fishing or enjoying the refuge.  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/carolinasandhillsfriends) There will be a photo background under the kiosk adjacent to the Oxpen Observation Tower.
  • If participants are not on social media, pictures may be submitted to carolinasandhills@fws.gov  – we want to see your BIG fish and BIG smiles!
  • Throughout our Virtual Fishing Week Event, there will be special videos posted on our Facebook page about fishing, the refuge, crafting, and even music!  A celebrity or two may make a special appearance!  A schedule of events will be announced through social and print media.
  • On Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm, we will host a Facebook Live event and draw names for door prizes like fishing rods, tackle boxes, books, and other goodies.  Anyone who registered for the event will be entered into the drawing.
  • For those drawn for door prizes, your prize will be available for pick up at the Refuge Office on Monday-Thursday, 7 am until 4:30 pm or Friday 7 am until 12 pm.

For any questions, please contact Kay McCutcheon (crosswordkay@aol.com) or the refuge (Carolinasandhills@fws.gov).  You may also call the refuge office for general information requests (843/335-8350).


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