Parsons – The Monongahela National Forest and The Horseshoe Leadership Center invite you and your family to the 2018 Horseshoe Fishing Derby. This free event will take place Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horseshoe Day Use Area near Lead Mine, West Virginia.
Registration begins on-site at 8:30 a.m. Participants do not need a fishing license, but must register for the event. The derby is open to children ages 2 to 13 who are accompanied by their parent or guardian. Each age group, beginning with the youngest, will fish for 45 minutes. Family members may assist their children, but cannot fish for them. Anglers must bring their own fishing rod and reel. Single hook lures or hooks with bait are allowed spinners and fly rods are not.
“Fishing is a great way to get outside and enjoy the Monongahela National Forest,” said Troy Waskey, Cheat-Potomac District Ranger. “At the derby, we all enjoy helping youngsters learn to fish and then watching as they reel in their first catch. The Division of Natural Resources stocks some pretty big fish, especially for the derby, which can make for great bragging rights!”
Games, a casting contest, and pictures of youngsters with their fish will all be available during the derby. The Horseshoe Leadership Center will also be selling homemade items at their concession stand during the event. West Virginia state fishing regulations apply beginning at the close of the derby.
For more information, please call the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District at 304-478-2000 extension 0.
West Virginia state fishing regulations apply beginning at the close of the derby.