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Daniel Boone National Forest Announces Return of Kids Fishing Derbies

Derbies to Take Place Saturday of Fee-Free National Fishing and Boating Week

In recognition of National Fishing & Boating Week, the Daniel Boone National Forest and partners will host several kids fishing derbies on June 4, 2022. 

In addition to free fishing derbies for kids, no fee permit will be required to use Bee Rock Boat Ramp, Clear Creek Boat Ramp, or boat ramps outside of developed campgrounds at Cave Run Lake or Laurel River Lake on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. Public fishing will not be permitted at derby locations from the day that fish are stocked until the end of the event. 

Kentucky provides free fishing days each year during the first weekend in June. Residents and nonresidents at any age can fish public waters without a fishing license or trout permit. State creel limits and other regulations still apply.

The following fishing derbies are hosted by the DBNF and partners.

Pond at Barren Fork Horse Campground, McCreary County – 8-11am, age 5-15. Register onsite from 7am. Contact Info: Dwayne Wright: 606-376-5323, ext 108.

Numerous sponsors have provided prizes and trophies for each fishing derby. Participants must be in the specified age range to be awarded prizes.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. At some locations, bait will be provided as supplies last and a limited number of fishing poles may be available to borrow. To ensure that all children have an opportunity to fish, parents or guardians should bring bait and a fishing pole for each child. Only one fishing pole per participant is allowed.

For more information on the Daniel Boone National Forest, visit the Forest website, Forest Facebook, or Forest Twitter.

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