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Getting ready for the Fourth

Getting ready for the Fourth


By John Criner

Times Outdoor Columnist This is the time of year we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation in History.

There are a few people that constantly say bad things and try to put our country down. I am sure there are many people that love our county and would gladly give these folks a ONE WAY ticket to Russia, China, or especially the Arab countries. Foreign citizens beg and die to get into America. I can’t think of any group willing to die to get into these other countries.

Because the 4th this year is on Thursday, the celebration and good times last about half a week.

They start on Wednesday afternoon and continue into Sunday. Many of the groups putting on fireworks display will do it Saturday night. There are a wide variety of events at Horseshoe Lake Freedom Festal.

It starts with the 5K run at 6:15 a.m. Tour de Horseshoe (bicycle race) starts at Horseshoe Lake Baptist Church at 8 a.m. The Surf Club has several events.

The fishing rodeo is 8:30 a.m. followed by a silent auction, cake walk, small engine parade, and the are concessions. The lake pier decorating contest judging is at 4:30 p.m. followed by a boat parade at 4:45 p.m.

The Grande Finale is the fireworks show that starts about 9:30 p.m. There are several places to watch the fireworks. Many residents invite friends to watch the display and enjoy a great day. Be sure to get your BBQ at Bond’s Store. Pick it up on Thursday. Call Bond’s Store at 870-3392464.

The full moon has passed and the fishing has slowed down considerably. Wapanocca had been producing some very nice bream, but the moss and warm weather has limited the catches.

Crappie are still being caught at Horseshoe, but mostly under the piers in deeper water and it takes sling shot techniques to get far enough ender the piers.

Bear Creek is still producing good bream and medium sized bass in the deeper water. The bream are off the shallow water beds.

Tilden Rodgers fishermen are catching small bream and some good catfish fishing of the bank. Get a shade tree I In almost all the lakes the catfish are doing well using trot lines, yo-yos, and pole fishing. The bait of choice is minnow and small fish or cut bait. Summer time is the time for catfish fishermen.

All the lakes will be busy on this holiday so be careful and courteous. The game wardens will be out in force checking registration, life jackets, and especially for drinking. A ticket will ruin a nice weekend.

Lets enjoy our Nation’s Birthday. Be Proud!

Tilden Rodgers Lake has been getting a lot of action. Papa Duck visited the lake at the Marion Sports Complex and it is impressive.

The lake has been remodeled with white rock along the edges and a very nice pier and walk way across the lake. AGFC fisheries Supervisor Justin Homan said that the lake was stocked with 300 eating size catfish last October.

The lake is now open for fishing so bring your pole and bait and give it a try.

Does anybody know the official name of the lake?

The kids are out of school so take them and go catch supper. Make sure they are sprayed down with bug spray due the mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies, Go early morning or late afternoon due to the heat and the fish bite better then. After catching the “Big One”, Lakeside Taxidermy is glad to mount it at a reasonable price, fast service, and quality work. Send some pictures and stories so we can all enjoy them.

Papa Duck Lakeside Taxidermy 870-732-0455 or 901-482-3430 jhcriner@

John Criner

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