In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, folks have to get creative with recreational events. From virtual marathons to altering events to fit within social distancing guidelines. Williamson is also trying to stay healthy while continuing to offer people ways to connect with one another. If you enjoy fishing, a little competition, and would like to connect with others, we suggest checking out Williamson Parks and Recreation's Tug River Bass Fishing Tournament on August 1st and 2nd.
Fishing Fun on the Tug River
Executive Direction of the Williamson Parks and Recreation Commission Jarrod Dean, says they decided to host their first fishing tournament because they believed that such an event would be a relief to many in town.
“Due to COVID-19, we have been put on very stringent rules and regulations. In fact, all of our communities have, so this is certainly a way that we can host an event that everyone can enjoy at safe distances...I feel hosting a tournament will just be a big relief for many," says Jarrod
The Tug River is a popular fishing spot for folks throughout the area, so it made sense to take advantage of all the great trophy fish one can nab from the river, especially after seeing some of the pictures posted in the Friends of the Tug Fork River Facebook group page.
Jarrod feels that the Tug River is also an important part of tourism in the area, and worth highlighting. “Williamson has some of the best spots for fishing and river access for kayaks. It’s also amazing to constantly see out of town guests coming to our community to fish the Tug Fork River. It’s a great testimony for what we have as an asset in our community," he says.
Registration will take place between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, July 31 at the Williamson Field House. Registration fee for those 17 years old and up will be $10, and $5 for those 16 years old or younger. Participants will receive a yardstick for measuring before they begin fishing, and they can fish anywhere along the Tug River. Once they’ve made their catch, they will send pictures of their catches to Williamson Parks and Recreation via Facebook Messenger. To learn more about the event or pre-registration check out their Facebook page, or contact Williamson Parks and Recreation at 304-235-3690.