Lake Vesuvius fishing derby set for May 19

Published 12:46 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012


PEDRO — In a world of video games, the ability to stream movies instantly and over 250 television channels to choose from, outdoor activities are becoming more obsolete.

However there are still events designed to encourage families, especially youth, to get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature.

The Wayne National Forest Ironton Ranger District is having such an event on Saturday, May 19.

It’s a day of fishing for the children and their families at Lake Vesuvius.

Community youngsters ages 4 to 15, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are invited to come out to Lake Vesuvius boardwalk with their fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait to take part in a free fishing derby.

“We are trying to encourage kids to get outdoors,” said Tim Slone, Ironton district ranger. “Other than fishing, there are a lot of things to do outdoors and in our communities. We like to encourage youth or anyone for that matter to get outdoors.”

Last year, more than 100 children and their families participated in the event.

“The derby’s intent is to encourage kids to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors, in this case fishing,” said Patrick Mercer, Ironton Ranger District wildlife biologist. “One of the other big goals for this event is to encourage families to learn about and enjoy the outdoors together, something that can be passed on from generation to generation.”

Registration will be from 8:30-9:15 a.m. at the Lake Vesuvius boat ramp. The fishing competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. The winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the fishing competition, the day will feature educational activities, contests, hot dogs and beverages.

Information on the event is available by calling the Ironton Ranger District at 740-534-6500.

Participants should bring their own fishing pole, bucket and bait if they have them, but some 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 wearing a hat and sunscreen.

As a result of the planned activities and for the safety of participants, the Lake Vesuvius boat ramp will be closed during the event but is anticipated to re-open by 2 p.m.

The event is being held in partnership with the Lawrence County Bass Club, National Wild Turkey Federation and Izaak Walton League.