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Kids#8217; fishing derby at Lake Vesuvius

Staff report

Pedro - A free fishing event has been set for the

Wayne National Forest’s Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area for kids and their families on May 10.

Community youngsters age 15 and under are invited to come out to the Lake Vesuvius boardwalk with their fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait to take part in a free fishing derby from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to free fishing, the day will feature hot dogs and beverages, fun contests and educational activities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Wayne National Forest, Lawrence County Bass Club, Isaak Walton League, and Ohio University Southern Nature Center.

Youngsters are encouraged to pre-register by visiting or calling the Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500, but can also register at the derby from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The sponsoring organizations have a strong commitment to the community’s youth, and are proud to host a memorable day of fishing for kids and their families.

“Events like this fishing derby can be a great experience for kids and their families,” said Kari Kirschbaum, Ironton District Wildlife Biologist.

“They give kids an opportunity to spend some time outside and to try a new activity, or to learn more about fishing.

The wonderful thing about fishing is that it is an activity that a family can enjoy together for a lifetime,” added Kirschbaum.

Call the Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500 with questions or comments, or to pre-register for this event.