Apr 27, 2012

The Parade!

World's Biggest Fish Fry - The Grand Parade!

Be sure and listen to WTPR/WENK today for the Fish Fry broadcast. It's also online at WENKWTPR.com. Click Listen Live.

Mary Kate Ridgeway, Brad Hosford and Susan Jones give you a float by float description PLUS listeners can text "shout outs" starting at 9:30am and we'll send out your Fish Fry greetings! The text # is 731-693-2696!

Apr 18, 2012

World's Biggest Fish Fry

The World’s Biggest Fish Fry gets into high gear this Saturday, April 21 with a 5k Hushpuppy Dash, a Horse & Mule Farm Pull, and a Demolition Derby. Next week we’ll be dancing in the streets, going to the Carnival, gorging ourselves with All You Can Eat Catfish, looking at arts and crafts, and going to the rodeo. Whew!!!

You can check out their schedule of events here.

Catch of the Day

Photo courtesy of Sharon Seaton at the Fishtale Lodge

Tom Ryan caught a giant Red Ear.

Apr 17, 2012

Crappie USA Winners!

Crappie USA Tournament Results for the 2-Day $10,000.00 Super Event On Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

1st Place Semi Pro: Hames and Ayers
Photo courtesy of Crappie USA

This past Friday and Saturday April 13th & 14th Crappie USA held a 2-day $10,000.00 Super Event on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. Nearly 200 anglers from 10 different states were competing for not only the $10,000.00 in cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

For more results and photos please visit Crappie USA at http://www.crappieusa.com/

Apr 15, 2012

Fishing From The Piers

The Piers at Paris Landing State Park

They are a great place to hang out and watch the boats coming and going in the Marina, just hang out and day dream, feed the ducks, get married (yes - I've seen two weddings here) and of course ....

Go Fishing!

Apr 11, 2012

2012 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design

News Release

Department of the Interior/ U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
3006 Dinkins Lane / Paris, TN 38242
Telephone 731-642-2091 / FAX 731-644-3351

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a portrayal of a pair of king eiders won Best of Show in the 2012 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest held March 29th at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. The colored pencil entry by 15-year-old Jet Smith from Ooltewah in middle Tennessee won top honors.

Jet’s art teacher, Karen Barton from Agape Art Academy, is no stranger to awards. Her students have often placed high in the Tennessee Jr. Duck Stamp program. However, this is the second year in a row that her student has taken the top award in this competition.

Also entered in Tennessee’s eighteenth Junior Duck Stamp Contest were over 250 individuals in four different age group categories. The other eleven finalists and first place winners in their category included Joanna Rush from Chattanooga; Olivia Hughes from Jackson; Kelsey Skillman and Rachael Skillman from Chattanooga; Elizabeth Kirby from Caruthersville; Carly Nix and James Sells from Tullahoma; Camille Moore from Beloidere; McKenzie Covrig from Georgetown; Kelsie Johnson from Dyersburg; and Caitlin Maupin from Ooltewah.

Ribbons and other prizes will be presented to the top 100 winners at an awards ceremony hosted by the Bass Pro Shops in Nashville on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 am. Mr. Smith will receive the $1000.00 Jeanette Rudy scholarship provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation along with other prizes including a framed 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Print.

The Tennessee Jr. Duck Stamp program is an art contest managed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Its Tennessee partners include the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Ducks Unlimited and the Bass Pro Shops of Nashville. The judges for this year’s contest were John Taylor, retired manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Larry Richardson of Ducks Unlimited; Chance Minchey of Bass Pro Shops; Donald Hosse of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; and John Jackson of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

This month Smith’s artwork will move on to the national competition at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Philadelphia where his entry will compete with 50 other state best of show winners on April 20th. The national winning entry will become 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold for $5 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the national sponsors of the contest.

In Tennessee, the previous year’s Best of Show entries from this contest have been made into a state waterfowl collector stamp available from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. All of these stamps can be purchased at a cost of $10 per stamp by calling (615) 781-6585.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is not only an art contest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service consider this a major outreach program to teach youth about the importance of waterfowl and wetlands conservation. As each student chooses a waterfowl subject for their entry, they are encouraged to learn about that bird and its requirements for survival. A Junior Duck Stamp curriculum guide available to educators focuses on conservation messages. All students, homeschoolers, teachers and their schools are recognized through the program where they and the wildlife resources benefit.

The 36 First, Second and Third Place winners will be on display at locations around the state throughout the following year.  For more information about this program, or to purchase a Junior Duck Stamp, call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge at 731-642-2091.

To see all the winners click here.

Apr 9, 2012

Crappie USA

2 Day, $10,000 Super Event
April 13th & 14th
Weigh In at Paris Landing State Park

Pre-Tournament Seminar
Thursday evening, April 12th
Lakewood School, 6745 Hwy 79 N
Starts at 5:00 pm
National Sponsor Drawings
Open to the public.

Apr 3, 2012

Smiling Faces

Mike Crawford who was here this past weekend for the Bass Fishing Challenge didn't mind posing for Sharon Seaton of the Fishtale Lodge with a hot pink lap top computer - his wife's hot pink lap top computer. 

Notice Mike's smiling face.  We see a lot's of smiles around Paris Landing on the faces of folks who have come to play with us and in the the waters of Kentucky Lake. 

What can we say ... It's just a fun place to visit.

Apr 2, 2012

Easter Bunny to Visit State Park

The Easter Bunny is planning an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7th at Paris Landing State Park.  So bring your kids, a basket for eggs and meet in the swimming pool area at 2 pm.