High Country Association of REALTORS News

EVENTS: The annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby

Since 1979, the Blowing Rock Trout Derby has signified the start of fishing season in the High Country. The two-day event challenges anglers to catch the largest fish possible at most any location within the Village. Prizes are given in several age categories, according to the Blowing Rock News.


Trophies will be awarded for first place winners in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls (12-14) Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under). Kids and anglers with disabilities can fish at Broyhill Lake, where licenses are not required. All others must have a license and obey all posted fishing regulations. There is a limit of three fish per day at Broyhill Lake.

Other nearby fishing spots include Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along Highway 321. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street. Catches should be taken to the official Derby headquarters at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building on Wallingford Street.

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission supports the Blowing Rock Trout Derby with “Fish for Fun” bags complete with a tackle box, regulation book, bumper sticker, stringer and bobber.