The North Carolina Wildlife Commission came to Kinston Wednesday to sample the fish population in Neuseway Nature Park’s large pond.
The commission staff conducted the fish shocking and stocked the pond with hundreds of channel catfish in order to improve fishing opportunities at the kids free fishing event that is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th.
The electrofishing was done by District 2 Fishery Biologist Ben Ricks who said the reason they conduct the fish shocking is to sample fish populations and to check the abundance of species in the pond.
Ricks said that the event on Saturday is for children ages fifteen and under and that being an expert fisherman is not required.
“You don’t have to have a fishing license or bring any bait or rods or reels, Ricks said. We will have everything you need.”
The catfish that were released into the pond weigh anywhere from one to five pounds. They also were hatched in western North Carolina and traveled by truck to Kinston.
“We bring them up here six times a year from April to September, said Fish Hatchery Technician Barry Midgette. This site gets six hundred fish a month.”
The free kids fishing event is part of a statewide celebration of national fishing and boating week.
Ricks said young anglers have a limit on the number of fish they can catch, but hope they will still come join the fun.
“This weekend it’ll be the same as it is normally out here. Six catfish per person.”
Commissions’ staff will have a limited number of rods, reels, and tackle available for children, but ask participants to bring their own bait.