After a year hiatus, youth fishing derby swet to see lines in the water

TYGART LAKE—After having to sit a year out due to COVID-19 concerns, the Tygart Lake State Park (TLSP) Foundation is excited to announce their partnership with Leer Mine to provide youths with a fun event to get them outdoors.

Preparations for the 2021 Youth Fishing Derby are well underway, and the Foundation is ready to welcome participants to this year’s event.

“Arch Coal Leer Mine has been just wonderful,” said a TLSP Foundation representative. “They paid to sponsor the event in 2020 but the event was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. So, they stepped forward to help us again this year.”

Grab your fishing gear including poles, bait, hooks, lines and sinkers and head out to Tygart Lake Marina on Saturday, June 12, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

During the event, the foundation will be offering fishing poles and other gear, as well as Tygart Adventures Waterpark passes as prizes for those youths who take part in this year’s derby. 

There are no age restrictions, with the day of fishing fun open to all youths. And because of the generosity of Leer Mine, the event remains free for participants.

“This is an opportunity to go fishing for the first time or to take a friend and share the outdoors,” voiced the representative. “Families may pre-register for the event by sending us a message on our Facebook page, by searching Tygart Lake State Park Foundation.” 

Pre-registration is not required, and participants may register on the day of the event.

The 2021 Youth Fishing Derby is being held in conjunction with the state’s free fishing days. 

As a child, many may recall loading up their tackle boxes and heading to the nearest river, creek or pond to drop their bobbers in the water with friends and family, for a fun day of fishing.

As a way to encourage more people to take to the waterways in one of West Virginia’s favorite past times, the state has been celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week with a Free Fishing Weekend.

This annual program gives residents and nonresidents a chance to fish in West Virginia for free.

According to the Department of National Resources (DNR), although a license is not required to fish this weekend, all other fishing rules still need to be followed. These rules can be found in the DNR's fishing regulations, either online or in their booklet. 

“West Virginia has miles and miles of pristine waters,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “We need to get everyone into the outdoors, young and old, to enjoy and experience the unmatched beauty of our state’s streams and lakes, while participating in an activity, fishing, that’s just plain out fun.”

This year, the license free fishing weekend will be held on Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 13, across the state.

“This is the perfect time to take your son, daughter or grandchild to your favorite fishing spot and get them hooked on fishing,” commented Mark Scott, assistant chief in charge of fisheries for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

He went on to say that the free fishing days provide a perfect opportunity to get away from the TV, computer screen or handheld device and enjoy the outdoors.

“In today’s world, there are so many things going on,” Scott said. “Everybody is busy. There’s no better way to relax than to get out and do a little fishing.”

During the weekend, throughout Almost Heaven, folks will be headed to area lakes to take part in various fishing events, providing the perfect family outing or a time for residents to get out in the beautiful surroundings of the state.



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