Claytor Lake Festival to include annual fishing tournament and essay contest
Claytor Lake State Park is the setting for the annual Everett Lee Yearout Jr. Adult/Youth Fishing Tournament and Essay Contest. Each year this event draws more than 100 people to the lake and has been a family-oriented attraction from the beginning of the Claytor Lake Festival.
There are three age divisions: youth (11 and younger), teen (ages 12 to 17), and adult (ages 18 and up). The largest fish caught decides the winner in each category. Youth (11 and under), Teen (12 to 17) Adult (18 and up). Each age division contains the following categories: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and pan fish. All contestants are expected to follow the tournament’s catch-and-release policy. A trophy is awarded for the largest overall fish in each age division.
Registration for the tournament begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning and ends at 10 a.m. Contestants may fish from shore, dock or boat. Weigh-in and awards for each age division takes place about 2 p.m.
The theme for the essay contest is “Fishing is fabulous because….” Noon is the deadline for essays.
There is no fee to participate in the event, but a fishing license is required. Drawings for door prizes will continue to an exciting part of this event. For more information please call 320-6930 or 639-1092.
– Submitted by Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley
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