PARKERSBURG - Hundreds of children are expected to gather Saturday at City Park and Southwood Park for the 34th annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby.
The free event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the ponds in both parks for children from 3 to 14 trying to catch prize-winning fish, including a golden trout valued at $100.
Beginning last year, derby officials replaced the former bicycles given to grand champions and first-place finishers with fishing gear as the main prize. Marshall said that will continue this year. The only exception will be the $100 cash prize and trophy given to the child who catches the golden trout - one in each pond - in memory of former Parkersburg mayor Al Smith.
All fish must be caught during the derby to qualify for a prize.
Both ponds will be stocked with trout in the week prior to the derby and no fishing will be permitted from today until the afternoon after the derby.
The fishing times at both parks will be:
Ages 3-6: 9 a.m.-noon.
Ages 7-10: 9:15 a.m.-noon.
Ages 11-14: 9:30 a.m.-noon.
The fishing derby rules include:
No fishing lures.
No fishing from piers.
One pole per fisherman.
No net fishing.
Four fish per fisherman.
Adults may assist a youth fisherman, however, only the ages specified are permitted to fish.
The decision of the judges is final.
Prizes will be awarded in each age group for first through third places. Prizes will also be awarded for Grand Champion, Largest Non-Trout and Smallest Fish.