You Grab a Line, I'll Grab a Pole
After this year's long cold winter, area anglers are ready to get out to the rivers, lakes and ponds to do a little fishin'.
Trout season opens this weekend in the High Country, and if you haven't ever participated in Blowing Rock's opening weekend Trout Derby, you've missed out on one of the most enjoyable family fishing events in the state.
Blowing Rock's 31st annual Trout Derby is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. Derby hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Trout Derby Headquarters will be at the Blowing Rock American Legion Hall.
Broyhill Lake, located behind Blowing Rock Memorial Park, will be stocked with hundreds of fish in the days leading up to the derby, and trout caught in any North Carolina public waters on derby days are eligible for trophies and prizes.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission supports the Blowing Rock Trout Derby with "Fish for Fun" bags, and stocked fish in Broyhill Lake are provided by the Wildlife Resources Commission's Table Rock Hatchery.
"It's wonderful to see so many folks from all over the region come to town and help us usher in spring with a truly unique mountain experience," said Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism & Development Authority. "This area is known for great trout fishing, and any time we have a chance to crow about it, we will.
"This event brings families out for real together time in the streams and lakes around this area, and it also gives us an opportunity to introduce lots of children to an outdoor sport they'll enjoy for a lifetime."
Trophies will be awarded for winners in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14), Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under). There will be cash prizes for the largest fish in three species: brown, brook and rainbow. Additionally, prizes will be awarded for landing any tagged fish in Broyhill Lake. There is no entry fee and pre-registration isn't required.
The trout will be measured and weighed at the Blowing Rock Trout Derby Headquarters at the American Legion.
The 31st annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby is sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Commission and Imprints.
For more information, visit http://www.blowingrock.com, or contact the Blowing Rock Visitor Center at (877) 750-4636.