In September, commission member Norman Davis suggested working with Grayson County High School, Rough River State Resort Park and Nolin Lake State Park, the Corps of Engineers and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to try to establish a youth fishing program.
During a meeting Thursday, tourism director Brittany Hall said she had been in contact with Anthony Roy of the Kentucky Bass Federation Nation, and had learned the group is working on getting high school fishing clubs started in the area.
The group offers a scholarship program for its youth members, she said. Meade County High School already has a fishing club affiliated with the group, she said, and there are tournaments planned for both area lakes next year.
The commission approved continuing to pursue the idea.
“We’re getting there, slowly but surely,” Davis said.
Youth fishing is a growing interest nationwide. Alabama has a statewide organization of fishing clubs, while in other states clubs are forming under the Student Angler Federation, an offshoot of The Bass Federation, and through other fishing federations.
Teams usually consist of two students and an adult coach, with the coaches supplying the boats used.
Also Thursday, the commission approved working with Leitchfield’s Tourism Commission in Christmas in the Park efforts. Christmas in the Park is currently scheduled for Dec. 2, with the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 3.