Annual Trout Derby set for weekend


April 25, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The 48th Annual Portsmouth Area Jaycees Trout Derby is set to take place Saturday, April 27 at Turkey Creek Lake with fishing starting at 6 a.m.

Charles Hammond, Trout Derby Chairman for the Portsmouth Area Jaycees said this fishing tournament is offered free of charge for the community.

“This is a family oriented event that has something to offer everyone,” Hammond said.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in three categories, teens 13-17, adult 18-59 and seniors 60 and older.

This year will feature a new fly fishing area, located at Turkey Creek and the Backpack Trail Parking Lot.

The event will feature a special fishing area for kids 12 and under with prizes awarded for catching tagged fish.

Activities of the day include an appearance by Woody the Owl and a number of children’s activities such as games, fishing education, face painting and many more.

The Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District will hold aquarium and fishing programs starting at 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A Birds of Prey Program will be held at 8 a.m. in the kids fishing area. Participants will be able to see a Red Tailed Hawk, American Kestrel and a Great Horned Owl.

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be offering blood pressure reading and healthy lifestyles education from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the kids fishing area.

An Electro-Fishing Demonstration will be given by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Lake.

The awards ceremony for the day will take place at 3 p.m. at the campground amphitheater.

For more information about the trout derby call 740-353-6708.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.