Held each year during the first weekend of April, the Blowing Rock Trout Derby celebrates the opening of trout season in the High Country. Event hours begin at dawn on Saturday. There is no entry fee and registration is not required. Just bring your catch to the American Legion to be measured. Trophies will be awarded at 4:30pm on Saturday in five categories: Men, Women, Girls (12-14), Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under). Any trout caught in NC public waters on Derby days are eligible for prizes. Kids can fish at Broyhill Lake and licenses are not required there. There is a limit of 3 fish per day at Broyhill Lake. Other nearby fishing spots for the Derby include Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along 321. Fishing licenses are required to fish in these areas, and NC Wildlife fishing regulations apply. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street.