Blowing Rock friends, from left, Callie Bolick, Parris Bolick, Lauren Shaw and Paige Bolick fish at Broyhill Lake Saturday during the Trout Derby. Paige Bolick ended up winning the girls’ division for largest trout caught during the derby. Photo by jeff Eason
Thursday, April 11, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-04-11 08:31:29)

Source: The Blowing Rocket

Blowing Rock’s 34th annual Trout Derby takes place each year on the first weekend in April. That means the weather can vary from snow showers to highs in the mid-60s.

Saturday’s Trout Derby, coinciding with the opening of trout season in North Carolina, took place on what was the most beautiful day of the year so far. More than 150 anglers participated in the event at Broyhill Lake, Bass Lake, Trout Lake, Price Park Lake and other area waterways.

Winners in the “biggest trout” contest were Paige Bolick for catching a 17-inch brook trout; Kim Hodges for a 19.5-inch rainbow trout; and Joshua Hodges for a 19.5-inch brown trout.
All three winners received checks for $100.

First place in the small fry division went to Connor Williamson for catching a 14.5-inch rainbow trout.
Paige Bolick also took first place in the girls’ division for her 17-inch brook trout.

Brandon Coffey won first place in the boys’ division for his 19-inch rainbow trout.

Levi Gragg won the “smallest fish” category for his 9.25-inch rainbow trout.

Joshua Hodges won the men’s division for his 19.5-inch brown trout. James Triplett came in second for his 19-inch rainbow trout.

Kim Hodges won the women’s division for her 19.5-inch rainbow trout. Kerrie Triplett came in second for her 10.25-inch rainbow trout.

Incidentally, Joshua and Kim Hodges were celebrating their wedding anniversary when they won the men’s and women’s division of the Trout Derby.
Six anglers won $25 money orders for catching specially tagged trout during the Trout Derby.

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