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2024 Fishing Derbies In The Eastern Sierra

The art of fishing in Bishop’s Big Backyard transcends mere hobby status – it’s a true passion. Each year, the Eastern Sierra’s lakes, streams, and various bodies of water receive a generous stocking of 650,000 pounds of trout. All courtesy of Bishop, Inyo County, Mono County, Mammoth Lakes and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. In fact, fishing is so intertwined with the community that opening day of fishing season is locally dubbed “Fishmas,” rivalling the anticipation of Christmas. Why not make this fishing season extend beyond those dates by entering a fishing derby in the High Sierra. Explore the roundup of events across the region and become part of the angling history in this picturesque locale.

Blake Jones Trout Derby

March 23rd

Learn more about the Blake Jones Trout Derby

This is the Big Kahuna of fishing derbies in the Eastern Sierra. Named in honor of the late Blake Jones, a pioneer in the angling world who revolutionized fishing with his invention of the modern cheese bait, such as PowerBait, in the late 1950s. Jones, with his charismatic persona, not only left a mark on the fishing industry but also served as a spokesperson for Bishop and the Eastern High Sierra. His efforts played a significant role in transforming Bishop into a sought-after year-round California fishing vacation destination.

Lone Pine Trout Derby

April 27th

Learn more about the Lone Pine Trout Derby

Organized by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, the derby boasts the catchy tagline, “Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!” Held at Diaz Lake, a short distance south of Lone Pine, this event promises a delightful day of fishing alongside the opportunity to snag some impressive prizes. And if there’s someone in your group who isn’t keen on fishing, fear not! We’ve got you covered with a handful of entertaining ways to celebrate Fishmas beyond the fishing rod.

Independence Fish Derby

June 15th

Learn more about the Independence Fish Derby

Forget the tie this Father’s Day. Give your mountain man Dad what he truly craves – quality time outdoors with the family. As a highlight of your Father’s Day celebrations, consider a journey to Bishop and enlist Dad and the kids for the 22nd annual Independence Father’s Day fishing derby. For tips on planning this memorable weekend getaway, be sure to peruse our article on crafting the Best Father’s Day Ever – filled with Big Backyard Fun.

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