2023 Bowden Hatchery Fishing Derby Canceled

Families are encouraged to explore other fishing opportunities in the area during West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days on June 10-11.

ELKINS, W.VA. — The annual Bowden Fishing Derby, which was scheduled for Saturday, June 10, has been canceled, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Friday.

The Bowden Fishing Derby is part of West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days, which Gov. Justice announced would be taking place on June 10-11 this year. During these two days, residents and nonresidents are able to fish for free in West Virginia’s public lakes, streams and rivers without having to buy a license.

“While we had to cancel the Bowden Derby this year, we encourage folks to take this time to explore many of the other incredible fishing opportunities in the area and take advantage of West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days,” said Jim Hedrick, Hatchery Program manager for the WVDNR.

Anglers who enjoy Free Fishing Days and want to continue fishing after this weekend can purchase or renew a fishing license at WVfish.com. For more information about fishing opportunities in West Virginia, go to WVdnr.gov/fishing.