Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby


39th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby
December 1 – 3, 2017
Friday – Sunday
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6:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Bring the entire family to Dixon Lake for the annual Trout Derby—a fun-filled event that offers anglers of all ages many ways to win great prizes. Every year, Dixon Lake celebrates the anniversary of this event with a 3-day derby. One of the largest participatory sports events in the region, the derby draws hundreds of anglers from all over Southern California.

  • To make this 3-day event competitive for the novice, as well as the skilled angler, there are a variety of ways to win.
    Prizes will be awarded for the following five categories:
    – the largest trout of the derby,
    – the largest in each age category (senior, adult, and youth),
    – the first and second largest trout of each day,
    – the smallest trout of the derby, and for
    – the first 15 trout brought in that have a plastic clip on their dorsal fin

Large trout and great fishing has been the hallmark of this annual event. The Grand Prize winning Rainbow Trout at 19 of the past 25 derbies weighed in over 8 pounds.

The Hidden Valley Kiwanis will be sponsoring a “Kiddy Pond” stocked with “kid-sized” trout. The Kiddy Pond will be available both Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and will be set up next to the disabled-accessible pier near the main Dixon Lake picnic area. The trout caught from the Kiddy Pond won’t be eligible for Derby prizes, but will be a great place for young anglers to learn fishing techniques. Volunteers will be available to help kids access the pond.

To enter, each fisherman must purchase a daily permit normally required to fish the lake ($7.00 adults, $5.00 for kids under 16 and seniors over 60). There is no additional charge to enter the derby, but the $5 vehicle entry fee into the park will be charged each day of the derby. Since Dixon Lake now has an Aquaculture permit, a California Fishing License is no longer required.  Fish must be weighed in during derby hours, 6:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., on the day they are caught. Since contestants can win only one prize, chances of winning are good.

For further information, contact the Dixon Lake ranger staff at 760-839-4680.

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