Published: Aug 03, 2010 5:15 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 03, 2010 2:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron is inviting media to come to the lake in front of the County Jail Thursday morning (Aug. 5) at 8:30 a.m. to see the first major catfish harvest.

 The program began July 24, 2009 when hundreds of fingerling catfish were put into four water cages in the lake that are maintained and fed daily by inmates. According to Jail Commander Tom Rodgers, “The catfish are now about five pounds each. Our fish program helps offsets our costs associated with meals and at the same time is an educational tool for the inmates.”

 More details will be announced at the catfish harvest Thursday morning.