Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual Youth Fishing event on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 from 9am to 12pm at Hog Range Pond behind the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. This is a family-friendly fishing event for children 15 and under, aimed at beginner and novice anglers. This year there are changes to the event format to help promote social distancing and keep everyone safe.
All participants will be required to preregister by phone for this event. Beginning May 17 at 9am, family groups of up to five individuals can register by phone for one of the 15 spots available each day by calling 410-221-8157. Each registered family group will be required to have an email address so they can receive guidelines and updates about the event.
When checking in at the event, registered youth will receive a t-shirt and special gift. Bait (nightcrawlers) will be be provided for anglers, or they may bring their own bait or lures. A limited number of sanitized loaner fishing rods will be available, but anglers are encouraged to bring their own if they have one. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance. Bottled drinks and snacks will be provided for participants free of charge.
This is a non-competitive, catch-and-release event in partnership with the Friends of Blackwater and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.
Questions? Email fw5rw_BWNWR@fwss.gov.