January 22, 2020

CRK and Ken Bearden team up for Fishing Workshop

(Troup County, GA) — Join aboard Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (CRK) Miss Sally floating classroom for a Sunday afternoon on West Point Lake and the opportunity to learn from professional fishing guide Ken Bearden.

Known for his on-the-water expertise, Bearden will be teaching a wide variety of skills such as selecting fishing gear, knot tying, spooling line, selecting hooks, weights and bait, not to mention the basics like casting!

Ken Bearden

This is a great opportunity to learn skills from someone who has guided on West Point Lake for 15 years and won awards such as Bass Fishing State Champion and West Point Lake Fisherman of the Year.

Ken Bearden is also the founder of Veterans Fishing Organization, a non-profit that provides guided fishing trips for military veterans.

In addition, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper staff will talk about the water quality in West Point Lake and the Chattahoochee River.

The good news is over the last 20 years, much has been done to revive the river downstream of Atlanta.

Since CRK’s lawsuit against the City of Atlanta in 1995, the city has invested nearly $2 billion dollars in upgrades to its stormwater and sewer infrastructure. As a result, the volume of sewer overflows has been reduced by 99%.

The cost of this cruise is $20 for adults and $15 for students (age 21 and under). The outing will start promptly at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m., departing from and returning to Pyne Road Park. All participants over the age of sixteen must have a valid Georgia Fishing Permit.

Those interested may register online by visiting www.chattahoochee.org (events tab, general watershed outings). Preregistration is required.

Established in 1994, CRK is an environmental advocacy organization with more than 8,600 members dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin — drinking water source for nearly four million people.

Our commitment to the Middle Chattahoochee region is steadfast and has grown dramatically since the opening of our LaGrange outreach office in 2011, the launch of the West Point Lake Floating Classroom in 2015, and the expansion of water monitoring programs, which we have undertaken to verify that the water quality improvements resulting from our 1995 lawsuit against the City of Atlanta endures.

To learn more about membership and how to schedule a field trip or guided tour onboard the West Point Lake Floating Classroom contact Laura Breyfogle at lbreyfogle@chattahoochee.org or 706-882-3701.

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