Kids Fishing Derby to Be Held at Lake Vesuvius on May 21

Release Date: May 19, 2022

Contact(s): Zack/Cora Frank


PEDRO, Ohio (May 16, 2022) — The Wayne National Forest will host a fun-filled day at Lake Vesuvius for the upcoming JAKES Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 21. Kids and youth aged 4 to 16, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are invited to come out to Lake Vesuvius with their fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes to take part in the free fishing derby, which includes prizes and a lunch of hot dogs and beverages. Derby registration will open at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Vesuvius boat ramp, with the competition commencing at 10 a.m. 

JAKES, a program developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship. It is dedicated to informing, educating, and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. 

In addition to the fishing competition, the JAKES Take Aim trailer will also be present to set up an outdoor airgun range and teach the basics of range safety, thanks to Lawrence County’s NWTF South Hills Longbeards Chapter. A naturalist will also offer a guided nature hike on the Rock House Trail to view plant and animal life. 

More information about the event is available by calling the Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500. If possible, participants should bring their own fishing poles, buckets, bait, and chairs. Limited poles and bait will be available for children who do not have their own. All who attend are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, including bringing hats and sunscreen. 

For additional safety of fishing derby attendees, the Lake Vesuvius boat ramp will be closed during the event, but is anticipated to reopen at 3 p.m.