Parkersburg Fishing Derby to be Saturday

File Photo Chad Kellar, right, shows Cooper Sams, both of Parkersburg, how to hold a fishing rod at last year’s Parkersburg Fishing Derby at City Park.

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission will hold the Parkersburg Fishing Derby on Saturday at City Park and Southwood Park in Parkersburg.

The derby will be 9 a.m.-noon at the ponds at both parks. It is free to all children ages 3-14.

Prizes awarded for first, second and third place in the age groups 3-6, 7-10 and 11-14, smallest fish, largest non-trout, tagged trout of which there is one in each pond and overall grand champion.

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The fishing times will be 9 a.m.-noon for ages 3-6; 9:15 a.m.-noon for ages 7-10; and 9:30 a.m.-noon for ages 11-14.

Proof of age may be required of winners.

The rules include: no fishing lures; no fishing from piers; one pole per fisherman; no net fishing; a limit of four fish per fisherman; adults may assist the fisherman, however, only the ages specified are permitted to fish; decisions of judges are final.

No public fishing will be permitted for two days prior to the derby at either park. Public fishing will resume at 1 p.m. on the day of the derby.

State and federal regulations are in effect, including necessary licenses and stamps.

All fish must be caught during the derby to claim prizes.