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Lake Vesuvius hosting kids fishing derby

PEDRO — Early registration is underway for the 3rd annual Lake Vesuvius Kid’s Fishing Derby. The Wayne National Forest special event is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., and fishing will begin at 9:30.

Last year, the popular annual event had a total of 170 children under the age of 16 fishing.

Community youngsters of all ages are invited to come out to the Lake Vesuvius boardwalk on the Ironton Ranger District with their fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait to take part in the free fishing derby. Winners will be announced at 12:30. In addition to fishing, the day will feature hot dogs, beverages, educational activities and fun contests for kids 6 to 16 years of age.

New this year, Shawnee State University School of Nursing from Portsmouth will be on-site to conduct health screenings. Also new this year, the Symmes Creek Restoration Committee will demonstrate how to safely use a canoe. Herpetologist Larry Cartmill is returning this year to provide an educational presentation using live snakes to increase awareness, safety, and identification of local snakes. Participants will get a rare chance to see a Timber Rattlesnake, which is on Ohio’s Endangered Species List.

To pre-register for the event, visit or call the Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants should bring their own fishing pole, bucket, and bait. Some poles and bait will be available for children who don’t have their own.

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