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Blake Jones Trout Derby

March 11

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An Eastern Sierra Tradition! Over $10K in cash & prizes – One of California’s largest single-day trout derbies. Registration, check-in and prize ceremony at Tri-County Fairgrounds. Fishing at Pleasant Valley Reservoir and Owens River. Blind Bogey format with prizes for all ages.

The 2023 Blake Jones Trout Derby is set for Saturday, March 11th in Bishop, California.  Since 1968, the event has been a favorite tradition for Eastern Sierra locals and visitors alike.  This year is shaping up to be a great one according to the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “We’re going to arrange for plenty of fish to be stocked before the event and the prizes are fantastic,” explains Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson. There will also be live music, beer, vendors and food at the Fairgrounds this year, making it a fun time for fisherfolk, as well as family and friends.

Every year, nearly $10,000 worth of cash and prizes are awarded including float tubes, rods & reels, gift certificates to local shops and restaurants and more.  The Blake Jones derby is a blind bogey format with categories for adults and kids of all ages.  In addition to the blind bogey awards, there will be prizes for early bird registrations, farthest travel, biggest fish, even prizes for those who don’t catch any fish or choose to catch & release.  

Registration, weigh-in, and awards ceremony will be at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds in downtown Bishop.  Fishing locations include Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River.  California Department of Fish and Wildlife plants Rainbow Trout year-round in these locations and the Bishop Chamber will arrange for supplemental stocking of fish purchased from Wright’s Rainbows prior to the derby.  “We want to make sure there are plenty of fish for everyone,” explains April Leeson, Event Coordinator at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.   

“The derby is a real family-friendly fishing event.  In addition to the fishing contest, we’ll have information booths, educational displays, kids’ casting games, activities and more,” Leeson added.  

Registration for the derby will begin February 1stSign up online or drop by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, 690 North Main Street. 

The Blake Jones Trout Derby is co-sponsored by Inyo County and the City of Bishop, plus many other generous prize sponsors.  For more information, contact the Bishop Chamber at (760) 873-8405. 



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