Anglers of all ages and levels are invited to compete for cash and prizes at the 41st Blowing Rock Trout Derby.

The Derby will take place in Blowing Rock on Saturday, April 3, from sunrise to 4:00pm. No entry fees or pre-registration are required.

This event has celebrated the opening of trout season for four decades now, encouraging families to get out together to enjoy the great outdoors. From Price Lake to the Middle Fork River, there are lots of places in Watauga County to fish for eligible entries.

Winners and prizes are announced at Derby Headquarters at 4:30pm. First-place winners will receive unique, locally-crafted trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls and Boys (12-16), and Small Fries (11 and under). Cash prizes will be awarded to largest trout in each species- brown, speckled, and rainbow- and for tagged fish, stocked in the lake at Broyhill Park.

Broyhill Park is reserved for fishing by children and people with disabilities. Fishing licenses are not required at Broyhill Park, but anglers will need to have a current fishing license and obey posted fishing regulations in all other locations.

Anyone age 5 or older must wear a face covering at all times while in public settings, including Derby Headquarters and any outdoor areas where 6 feet of distance from others cannot be maintained.

Additional details on the Blowing Rock Trout Derby can be found at