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Town welcomes trout season

Anglers of all ages line the bank of Broyhill Lake in Blowing Rock during opening day for trout fishing in April 2012. File photo by Jeff Eason
Anglers of all ages line the bank of Broyhill Lake in Blowing Rock during opening day for trout fishing in April 2012. File photo by Jeff Eason
Published: 8:33 AM, 04/05/2013 Last updated: 8:33 AM, 04/05/2013

Source: The Blowing Rocket

Anglers of all ages will make the trip to Blowing Rock this weekend for the first day of trout fishing in Western North Carolina and the 34th annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby.

The Trout Derby begins at sunrise on Saturday, April 6, and continues until 4:30 p.m.

No entry fees are required and no preregistration is necessary for the derby. Trophies will be awarded for first-place winners in five divisions: men, women, girls 12-14, boys 12-14 and “small fries,” 11 and younger.

“Trout Derby day means that spring has arrived in Blowing Rock,” said Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. “It’s a beautiful time of the year, and we have some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the Southeast, so the derby is a great reason to visit. It’s a family-oriented event and a great way to teach kids a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.”

Broyhill Lake in Blowing Rock 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 for derby prizes. Catches should be taken to the official Trout Derby Headquarters at the Blowing Rock American Legion building on Wallingford Street, where cash and prizes will be awarded at 4:30 p.m.

Children and anglers with disabilities can fish at Broyhill Lake, where fishing 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 of the New River along U.S. 321.

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.

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