The evening event took place last week at the retaining ponds within the Edinburgh neighborhood – one of the more larger housing developments to take place within the city and also home to Kingsport's newest elementary school – John Adams.
In a release from the TWRA, officials said “it just made sense” to initiate a youth fishing program in the Edinburgh. Tim Sain is a captain with the TWRA and his wife Tina is a third grade teacher at John Adams.
“Tina and I initiated the program with the school and it took off from there,” Sain said.
John Adams Principal Dr. Stephanie Potter also helped organize the program and was thrilled to see her students be able to enjoy fishing in the ponds. The Edinburgh Home Owner’s Association was also supportive of the event and the city of Kingsport gave permission for the use of the ponds.
The TWRA provided several hundred pounds of trout that were raised at the Erwin Fish Hatchery. Although the fish won’t survive long-term, the water is clear and cold enough to occasionally support them for these types of events.
Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter is also working with the city of Kingsport in identifying and eliminating nuisance aquatic vegetation within the ponds.
As a whole, the TWRA said the event was a huge success and was enjoyed by an estimated 60 to 80 kids, many of whom caught their very first trout. Talk of this event reoccurring on an annual basis is already being discussed, the release states.
While youth fishing events are somewhat common, this event that benefited from several helping hands may set the example for future similar opportunities in other areas.