Forest Service to Host Lake Buffalo Youth Fishing Derby May 12

Release Date: Apr 6, 2018  

Contact(s): Jodee Hensley, (304) 635-4455


BARTOW, W.Va., April 10, 2018 – The Monongahela National Forest invites you and your family to the 2018 Lake Buffalo Youth Fishing Derby. This free event will take place Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lake Buffalo located near Bartow, 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 30 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. Treble hooks are not allowed. Participants can keep the first two fish they catch.

“The Lake Buffalo Youth Fishing Derby is a great way to introduce kids to fishing,” said Jack Tribble, Greenbrier District Ranger. “The DNR stocks a lot of fish for us so there is a good chance that each child will catch fish!”

All participants will receive a goody bag at registration. Prizes will be awarded in each age group for the largest fish caught by an angler. Random drawings will also be held for other prizes.

West Virginia state fishing regulations apply beginning at the close of the derby.

For more information, please call the Greenbrier Ranger District at 304-456-3335. 

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