Parkersburg Fishing Derby

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

Kids, get your fishing poles ready for the 33rd Annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby going on rain or shine Saturday, April 20.

Three different age groups can take part: three to six-year-olds, seven to 10, and 11 to 14-year-olds will start fishing at 15 minute intervals, the youngest going first. The event is going on from nine to noon.

“Kids really enjoy coming out to fish; it has grown into what it is today," says Steve Cox, assistant public works director for the city. "We put over a thousand pounds of fish in both ponds and we have door prizes every year. We have a lot of stuff donated to us, a lot of it we buy and it's just a real good time for the kids.”

They have a golden trout at each pond and if you can catch it during the derby, it's worth a hundred dollars.

Cox says it's been caught at Southwood Park three different times over the years, but never at City Park during the derby.

We'll see what happens this year.

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