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Get Hooked on Tygart Lake State Park's Fishing Day, June 9
GRAFTON, W.Va. - "Get Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" (HOFNOD) at Tygart Lake State Park June 9. "We're taking advantage of the free fishing weekend in West Virginia (June 9 and 10) to encourage families and children to visit Tygart Lake and go fishing," said Stephanie Bailey, activities coordinator.

A Youth Fishing Derby, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at Tygart Lake Marina, is part of the HOFNOD program and has three age categories: age 5 and younger, ages 6-10, and ages 11 and older. A fishing derby participation form is posted on the park website ( or call Stephanie Bailey at 304-265-6144 for information and registration.

"The fishing derby is great fun, but we've also scheduled a magic show, a Jiu Jitsu exhibition and some exhibits about the outdoors and playing safe," Bailey said.

Exhibits and activities will be set up at Tygart Lake Lodge from 12:30 until 3 p.m. Exhibitors include FBI fingerprinting for kids' safety, the YMCA encouraging "Active West Virginians," WVU Extension Service and 4-H programs, PATCH program with a focus on tobacco and alcohol prevention, and the Tygart Lake State Park Foundation. At 1 p.m. there will be a Ground Zero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu exhibition and a 1:30 p.m. magic show with Magician Garry Boothe. Awards and fishing equipment presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. The activities and exhibits are open to the public and without charge.

About Tygart Lake State Park

Tygart Lake State Park is located near Grafton. Tygart Lake's 31 miles of shoreline and deep waters have made the lake a popular site for power boaters and waterskiing enthusiasts. The lake's irregular shoreline also provides many inlets and backwater areas for canoes and small fishing boats to explore. Excellent access to the lake by four boat launching ramps and a public marina contribute to the lake's popularity with boaters. Fishing and pontoon boats are available for rental at the marina located at Tygart Lake State Park.

Tygart Lake is considered an excellent choice for bass fishing. In addition to a variety of bass, anglers will find walleye, catfish, muskie, crappie and perch. Tygart Lake is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers with information about the lake posted on

Tygart Lake State Park features a year-round lodge, vacation cabins, campground, hiking, the Boston Beanery Restaurant, picnicking, marina, special events packages and interpretive outdoor activities, such as Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs events. For information about Tygart Lake State Park, lodging, restaurant or camping, or the June 9 fishing event, call 304-265-6144 or visit,

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