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Originally published: 2014-03-28 09:56:29
Last modified: 2014-03-28 10:01:49

Go fish April 5

The 35th annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in and around Blowing Rock from sunrise to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.
First place winners will receive trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14), Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and younger). No entry fees are required, and no preregistration is necessary.

“The annual Trout Derby is a much anticipated early springtime event in Blowing Rock,” said Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. “We have some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the Southeast, so the combination of the derby and our lovely springtime ambience makes for a great reason to visit. Fishing is a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime, and the derby is a great way to be together as a family.”

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 day are eligible. Catches should be taken to the official derby headquarters at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building on Wallingford Street, where cash and prizes will be awarded.

Children 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 Price Lake, Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along U.S. 321. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green 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.
For more information on the Trout Derby, visit or call the Blowing Rock Visitor Center at (877) 750-4636.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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