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JAKES Kids Fishing Derby means free fun at Lake Vesuvius

May 17, 2019 GMT

PEDRO, Ohio — The Wayne National Forest’s Ironton Ranger District hosted the 13th annual JAKES Kids Fishing Derby at Lake Vesuvius on Saturday, May 11.

Kids and youth aged 17 and under, were invited to come out to the lake’s boardwalk with their fishing poles, tackle boxes, and bait to take part in the free fishing derby, which includes a lunch of hot dogs and beverages.

JAKES, a program developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, and is dedicated to informing, educating, and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our naturalwresources.


In addition to the fishing competition, Lawrence County’s NWTF South Hills Longbeards Chapter brought the JAKES Take Aim trailer, a fully equipped trailer that transports everything needed to set up an outdoor airgun range and teach the basics of range safety. This event was a partnership with the NWTF, Izaak Walton League of America, and the Pedro Bass Club.