| Date: 4/7 - 4/08
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April 2-3 Fledgling and experienced anglers alike are invited to participate in the 32nd annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3.
The town’s Broyhill Lake will be stocked with hundreds of fish in the days leading up to the derby, and trout caught in any Watauga County public waters on derby days are eligible for trophies and prizes.
Trout Derby hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
There is no entry fee and preregistration isn’t required.
“It’s wonderful to see folks from all over the region come and help us usher in spring with a unique mountain experience. Our area is known for great trout fishing and this event gives us an opportunity to introduce children to an outdoor sport they’ll enjoy for a lifetime,” said Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority.
Trophies will be awarded for first place winners in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14), Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under).
Kids and anglers with disabilities can fish at Broyhill Lake, where licenses are not required. All others must have a license and obey all posted fishing regulations.
There is a limit of three fish per day at Broyhill Lake.
Other nearby fishing spots include Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along highway U.S. 321.
Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street.
Catches should be taken to the official derby headquarters at the Blowing Rock American Legion building on Wallingford Street.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission supports the Blowing Rock Trout Derby with “Fish for Fun” bags, complete with a tackle box, regulation book, bumper sticker, stringer and bobber.
--courtesy Blowing Rocket