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Daniel Boone National Forest offers kids fishing derbies during National Fishing and Boating Week

In recognition of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Daniel Boone National Forest and partners will host several kids fishing derbies on June 3.

In addition to free fishing derbies for kids, no 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 3 and Sunday, June 4.

These events coincide with Kentucky’s “Free Fishing Weekend” when 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. Public fishing will not be permitted at Daniel Boone National Forest kids fishing derby locations from the day that fish are stocked until the end of the event.

The following fishing derbies are hosted by the Daniel Boone National Forest and partners.

(Photo from Cave Run Lake Kids Fishing Derby Facebook page)

Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery, Rowan County

• 7-11 a.m.
• Ages 1-15
• Register in advance at online or onsite from 6 a.m.
• Contact the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery at 606-783-8650 or see the Cave Run Lake Kids Fishing Derby
Facebook Group
for more information.

Indian Creek, Menifee County

• 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Ages 5-15
• Register onsite from 8-10 a.m.
• Contact the Cumberland Ranger District at 606-784-6428 or Gladie Visitor Center at 606-663-8100 for more information.

Laurel-London Optimist Club Youth Camp, Laurel County

• 8:30-11:30 a.m.
• Ages 5-12
• Register onsite from 7:30 a.m.
• Contact Becky Parsley at 606-312-9973 for more information.

Barren Fork Horse Campground Pond, McCreary County

• 8-11 a.m.
• Ages 5-15
• Register onsite from 7 a.m.
• Contact the Stearns Ranger District at 606-376-5323 for more information.

Little Double Creek Pond, Clay County

• 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
• Ages 3-15
• Register onsite from 8 a.m.
• Contact the Redbird Ranger District at 606-598-2192 for more information.

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.

Learn more about the Daniel Boone National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov or on social media @DanielBooneNF.

United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

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