“Save the Loons” Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 7th

For the fifth year in a row, Ryan Buchanan is organizing a “Save the Loons” Fishing Derby at Chocorua Lake.

Participants should meet at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 7th at the Narrows Bridge at the southern end of Chocorua Lake.

This is a fundraising event that Ryan started when he was 12 to raise money and awareness about saving loons. Money raised from entry fees and donations will be donated to the Chocorua Lake Conservancy and Loon Preservation Committee.

Click here to support Ryan’s efforts to protect loons with a donation to his GoFundMe fundraiser.

There are only 300 breeding pairs of loons in New Hampshire. Every year, loons and other waterbirds die from lead poisoning after accidentally ingesting lead sinkers and jigs.  Current state law prohibits the use of lead sinkers and jigs in all lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, lead fishing tackle remains the leading cause of death in New Hampshire loons.

A representative from the Loon Preservation Committee will be present to discuss the lead weight sinker exchange program and other ways to help save loons.

Prizes for every age category (local businesses donate prizes).  Bring your own fishing equipment.  Fishing license not necessary for under 16.  Entree fee is $9 for adults and $7 for kids (six and under free).