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Winners Announced for 2020 Blake Jones Trout Derby – Bishop Chamber Thankful for Community Support!

The 52nd annual Blake Jones Trout Derby is “in the books” and considering the challenging circumstances presented by Coronavirus, organizers have deemed it a success! In order to reduce risk to derby attendees, staff and volunteers, the Chamber cancelled the weigh-in and prize party and put all entries into one big raffle. “The fish had been stocked and prizes had been gathered,” explains Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson. “We knew people wanted to fish and they love a chance to win prizes. We’re grateful we were able to modify this year’s event at the last minute.”

339 people entered this year’s contest. That is about two-thirds of normal. “Only a few people requested refunds and the vast majority were very understanding and gave really positive feedback,” added Leeson.

Each winner received a prize package containing fishing gear, apparel, gift certificates and more. Raffle winners in the adult category were: Roger Romero (Bishop), Mark Stringer (Murrieta), Matthew Larson (San Bernardino), Phillip Wayman (El Monte), Sergio Ramos III, Tommy Yeomans (Fullerton), Tony Seaman, Jr. (Lancaster), John Bishop, Bill Kujawa (Bishop), Mickey Jarvis (Bishop) and Aracely Garcia (Monrovia). Raffle winners in the youth category were: Jake Tibbett (Santa Clarita), Sabrina Sanchez (Pomona), Erick Gillette (Lancaster), Brenton Velazquez (Pearblossom), Eric Eddy, Jr. (Big Pine), Ruby Jenkins (Bishop), Chet Jenkins (Bishop) and William Hally (Lake Elsinore).

While the Bishop Chamber is the proud organizer of the beloved annual event, it’s important to note that many local and national businesses support the Blake Jones Derby by providing co-sponsorship funds and merchandise used for prizes.

2020 sponsors include:

Alpine Signs/ 395 Store
Ashley Furniture
Back Alley Bowl and Grill
Bee Gee Beauty Supply
Bishop Automotive Center
Bishop Country Club
Bishop Veterinary Hospital
Blakemore TTI
BP Distributing
Cal Fire
City of Bishop
Community Printing
Dean’s Plumbing & Heating
Dead Eye Outfitters
Discover with Dr. Cool
Dr. Slick
Eagle Claw
Erick Schat’s Bakkery
Filthy Anglers
Fish and Fame
Fish Sniffer
Fish Taco Chronicles
Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop
Grocery Outlet
High Country Lumber
Home Lumber
Hook Up Baits
Imperial Gourmet
Inyo County
Inyo- Mono Title
Inyo Register Newspaper
Jack in the box
Keough’s Hot Springs
KMMT Radio
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Line Cutterz
Liquid Assassins
Mac’s Sporting Goods
Manor Market
Meadow Farms Country Smokehouse
Mountain Title Company
Mr. K Auto
Mule Days
Peak Productions
Pizza Factory
Preferred Septic
Reagan’s Sporting Goods
Reel Happy
She Angler
Sierra Reader
Sierra Slammers
Sierra Wave Media
Southern California Edison
Stoked on Fishing
Turner’s Outdoors
Wanaaha Casino

The Bishop Chamber is already looking forward to next year’s derby – save the date, it is set for Saturday, March 13th.

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