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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 9) — In addition to catching several bream during a kids’ fishing event at Salem Lake Park on June 9, Andrew Lemmons reeled in a lifetime fishing license, courtesy of Progress Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The 12-year old Kernersville resident was one of three young anglers across the state who won a lifetime fishing license — the grand prizes offered in a statewide drawing for participants in 42 “fish for fun” events held during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 2-10.

The licenses, donated by Progress Energy, are valued at $450 each. They give the children lifetime fishing privileges in all North Carolina public waters, including coastal waters and designated Public Mountain Trout Waters, where a special trout fishing license is required. The other two grand prize winners and the event locations where they registered are:
Miranda Paige Thomas, 10, Hare’s Millpond
Malik Jones, 12, Rocky Mount City Lake

In addition to the three grand prize winners, 150 other young anglers netted prizes at the fishing events. A complete list of winners, which includes their ages, fishing event locations and their prizes, is posted on the Commission’s Web site,

Bass Pro Shops donated 50 prizes, including tackle boxes, rods and reels and spools of fishing line. The Wildlife Resources Commission also contributed prizes, including mini tackle boxes, fishing towels and decks of cards featuring the 13 top freshwater fish species in North Carolina.

The events, coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, gave kids and their parents opportunities to learn about protecting and conserving aquatic resources while enjoying the thrill of reeling in a variety of game fish.

For more information on fishing in North Carolina’s inland, public waters, visit the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Web site,, or call (919) 707-0220.
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