Mississippi offers free fishing weekend

By The Associated Press

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is offering a statewide free fishing weekend June 1-2.

It kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, which celebrates the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing quality of life and conserving the country’s natural resources.

The Vicksburg Post reports the department, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will also host the 11th annual Katfishin’ Kids Fishing Rodeo on June 1.

They’re providing equipment for the free tournament from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. It’s for children ages 15 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information or to volunteer for Katfishin’ Kids, contact the Mississippi Wildlife Federation at 601-605-1790 or at www.mswildlife.org .