Catch Bluegill for Trout

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - 5:00pm to Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Sal font Chapter of Trout Unlimited announces its Bluegill Fishing Derby at Charles Fork Lake slated for April, 26 2014. It will be a day of fun and fishing for kids of all ages. Prizes for all children under age 13. Prizes will be awarded to kids and adults for catching the most bluegill, the largest bluegill, and the biggest "anykinna" fish. Additional prize for the child who picks up the most trash.

The derby will begin at 10:00 am and finish at 12:00 pm. Announcements will begin at 9:45. All participants encouraged to arrive early to register. An entry fee of $5 will be charged to children under 13. Big "kids" ages 13 to 99 must pay an entry fee of $10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. West Virginia law requires a valid fishing license for any adult or child over the age of 15. West Virginia DNR Police may be in attendance to enforce lawfulness and encourage safety.

Funds raised go to support the Sal font Chapter of Trout Unlimited for the purpose of conserving, protecting, and restoring the trout streams of central West Virginia. Sal font Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Rules include:

  • One rod per angler
  • Honor system for all anglers fishing within sight of the dam, digital photos or live fish required for fish caught from boats not within view of the dam (photos may be analyzed for digital date imprint to ensure ethical entry)
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • Pack it in, Pack it out - no littering
  • Required to have fun

The Sal font Chapter Bluegill Tournament is now officially on the WV REAP Make It Shine April Statewide Cleanup as we help our local community of Spencer to clean up Charles Fork Lake. While not a trout fishery, SFTU believes in giving back to the community while raising funds and while encouraging fishing with our youth. Funds raised from this event will be used toward trout conservation and restoration projects in Central West Virginia. In addition, the Spencer Cub Scouts Pack 437 will be involved in the SFTU Bluegill Tournament as they earn their Fishing Beltloops and engage in a watershed service project in assisting SFTU with the trash cleanup. On Friday, April 25 (Arbor Day) they will also be engaging in a watershed service project by planting trees to stabilize streambanks on Spring Creek near Spencer - Way to go Pack 437! It is important for us to engage and involve these future conservation champions in TU as some of them may go on to become great anglers and TU leaders.

If you are interested in attending the April 26 SFTU Bluegill Tournament in Spencer, feel free to contact Randy Ash for more information at

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