Fish all night in Desoto Refuge event

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Due to the popularity of the last all night fishing event, DeSoto Refuge will host another one on Saturday, September 10th.

After sunset on the 10th, all traffic entering and exiting the refuge will need to use the south entrance near Wilson Island State Park. The refuge is a Federal fee area and a $3.00 daily entrance fee, valid federal duck stamp, or a special refuge pass is required for each vehicle. Anglers will be able to access most of the refuge fishing areas, including all three boat ramps as the use of boats will be allowed. Navigation lights must meet state requirements. Please note that no person may possess more than one daily bag limit of any fish species during this event.

The refuge is asking that everyone who participates in the special one night of fishing bring a garbage bag and pick up the litter in the immediate area in which they fish. Refuge staff hopes to use special fishing nights like this one to help spread the word to "leave it better than you found it."

Camping is available at adjoining Wilson Island State Park.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located on U.S. Highway 30, near Missouri Valley. For more information, contact Mindy Sheets, 712-642-5405.