CALIFORNIA - Free Fishing Days twice each year
On Free Fishing days, Californians can fish any freshwater lakes without a
fishing license. All other regulations apply.
Kids fishing events
Kids Fishing Derbies in California
RIO VISTA Bass Derby & Kids Derby Oct. 11-13, 2013. 66th annual fishing festival is a family event for kids age 15 and under. bassfestival.org
Annual Fishing Derbies
October 26, 2013, Saturday (8am – noon)
823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, S. El Monte, CA
Bell Gardens Family Fishing Derby *
John Anson Ford Park Lake
November 9, 2013, Saturday (7am – 1pm)
8000 Park Lane, Bell Gardens, CA
El Dorado Park *
November 23, 2013, Saturday (8am – noon)
7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA
Fishing with Santa, Youth Fishing Event *
December 7, 2013, Saturday (8am – noon)
823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, S. El Monte, CA
Seal Beach Pier *
TBA, Saturday (8am – noon)
Seal Beach, CA
Santa Fe Reservoir *
TBA, Saturday (8am – noon)
Knabe Katch *
La Mirada Park Lake
TBA, Saturday, (7am – 1pm)
13701 Aldelfa Avenue, La Mirada, CA
2012 KIDS FISHING DERBY EVENTS IN CALIFORNIA
Chollas Park Lake 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego, CA 92115 Saturday May 12, 2012, 7am-1pm
Cerritos Regional Park Lake 19700 S. Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90701 Saturday June 2, 2012, 7am-11am
MacArthur Park 2230 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057 Saturday June 9, 2012, 8am-12am
City of Hawaiian Gardens Youth Fishing Derby, 19700 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90701 Saturday October 13, 2012 8am-1pm
El Dorado Park 7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 Saturday November 17, 2017, 8am-12pm
Fishing with Santa, Youth Fishing Event 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, S. El Monte, CA 91733 Saturday December 1, 2012, 8am-12pm
Kern River Valley - Wofford Heights, California Kid's Fishing Derby June 2, 2012
Kid's Fishing Derby is a free event with many prizes for winners in various categories. Sponsored by Fish & Game Habitat Club of Kern River Valley.
Bradley - Ron "The Bear" McKibben Memorial 17th Annual Oak Shores Kids Fishing Derby
Open to kids age 3 to 17, the fishing event is sponsored by: Oak Shores Community, and charges a fee-- $2 per child includes lunch and prize Jr. age 3-11 & Sr. age 12-17. Pre-registration takes place May 11, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Shores Clubhouse . All kids must wear a life jacket. Adult must be present if boating. Cell: (805) 440-7948 or (805) 472-2233
Friant Trout Fest May 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free event at San Joaquin Hatchery, 17372 Brook Trout Dr., Friant, CA, and Moccasin Creek Hatchery ~ Saturday, May 26, 2012 At the junction of Hwy 49 and Hwy 120 (follow the signs!) Learn fishing basics, make a fish print, and try your hand at catching a trout. River Maze, Trout Tasting, Fish Printing, Face Painting, Feed the Fish, Kids Fishing Pond, Aquarium Displays, Hatchery Displays, Fly Casting Demo, Fly Tying Demo, Trout Cleaning Demo, Bean Bag Toss, Dissection Demo, Casting & Rigging and Kids Touch Pool. Call: (559) 765-4824. dfg.ca.gov
Gardnerville Kids Fishing Derby
Mono Free Kid's Fishing Derby 23rd annual fishing event at Lampe Park in Gardnerville is the largest free kids fishing event in the West attracting approximately 1,500 participants. All participants receive a prize for fishing. Prizes will also be awarded for tagged fish and for the largest fish in each session. Space is limited on Willow Creek, so pre-registration is required for each of the seven fishing sessions. Registration at the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, The Angler's Edge, located at 1506 Highway 395 in Gardnerville and in front of Raley's every Saturday in April and May from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Gardnerville. Call: (775) 782-4734
Gridley Kids Fishing Derby
The annual kids fishing derby, co-sponsored by the Gridley Recreation Department, Butte County Fish and Game Commission, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, and the Chico Bass Club at Gray Lodge
is free at fishing pond off Parking Lot #4, located off of Pennington Rd. behind the Gray Lodge offices. The event runs from 7 a.m. to noon and is open to
ages 15 and younger. Twice the number of fish will be available thanks to two $2500 donations this year from the Dept. of Fish and Game, and
$2500 from Gray Lodge. Bikes will be awarded to the boy and girl who
catches the biggest fish. There will be a number of free poles and bait are available for kids who don't have equipment of their own thanks to sponsors Brown's Bait and S & L Tremors. Along with the great fishing there will be a free barbecue lunch for all the kids thanks to the Lions Club.
Julian Kids Fishing Derby
Fishing begins at 6am
Registration begins at 8am
15027 Hwy 79
Phone: (619) 447-8123
Kid's Fishing Derby will take place on beautiful Lake Cuyamaca, located at 4600 feet, near Julian CA. The lake will be stocked with fish prior to the event. The event is free for all under 15 years old. Children will have a chance to win prizes, such as rods, reels, and fishing trips in the free drawing. Kids can also enjoy face painting by clowns. A free lunch prepared by the San Diego Anglers. The free trout derby was started back in 1998 to help introduce more children to the sport of fishing.
Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Derby
Mammoth Lakes Kid's Fishing Festival - 25th Annual Kid's Fishing Festival at the Snowcreek Ponds from 8 a.m. to Noon. Kids 13 and under can catch an Alpers Trout! Event T-shirts available and lots of prizes. Free! Donations accepted. Mono Council for the Arts Sponsors (760) 937-2942.monoarts.org
Riverside Family Fishing Derby
6-10 a.m. at Fairmount Park, Riverside, CA. Register through Riverside Parks & Recreation department riversideca.gov
Sacramento Juneteenth Fishing Derby
Fishing Derby at William Land Park pond from Noon to 6 p.m. (S. Land Park Dr. & 15th Ave). The Juneteenth Festival in partnership with Department of Fish and Game hosts the Fishing in the City event. Parks & Recreation department will stock the pond at WLP with live catfish and bait is provided. sacramentojuneteenth.com
San Clemente Kids Fishing Derby - Ocean Festival July 21, 2012
Fishing Derby on the Pier 6:30 a.m. Registration (on the pier), clinic & derby - children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 12:30 p.m. Judging & Prizes Awarded. oceanfestival.org
Santee Firefighters Fishing Derby June 23, 2012
Open to ages 3 to 17 years. Children must have supervision. Adults can help bait and cast but not fish. Derby Participants Will Receive: Free Day Permit, Worms, Raffle Ticket, Hot Dog lunch, and Free Door Prizes while they last! Loaner poles will be available with I.D. Email Questions to: FishingDerby@SanteeFirefighters.org Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes Lake 3 & 4 - Area G Time: 6 - 11 a.m. santeefirefighters.org
Shaver Lake Fishing Derby June 2, 2012
South Lake Tahoe Optimists Kids Fishing Derby June 9, 2012
One of only two such fisheries set aside for kids fishing at Saw Mill Pond, kids are invited (rain or shine) to participate even if you don’t have a fishing pole. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters will offer loaners, first come first serve. No lures can be used during the derby. 8 a.m. - Noon. Free for kids age 14 years and younger. Location: Lake Tahoe. The Optimist Club cooks barbecued hot dogs and refreshments. Location: Corner of Lake Tahoe Blvd and Sawmill Rd. South Lake Tahoe, CA. Call: (775) 267-9722 or (530) 541-8208. tahoeflyfishing.com
Temecula Sundance Meadows Fishing Derby June 23, 2012
10 a.m. sundancemeadows.us
Watsonville - Kids Fishing Derby May 6, 2012
The Pajaro Valley Rod and Gun Club, The City of Watsonville and The Pajaro Valley Host Lions sponsor a free fishing derby for kids 12 and under at Pinto Lake Park, 450 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville, CA. The event goes from 8 a.m. to Noon and is free to kids 12 years and under with parents. 2,000 lbs of trout stocked by Department of Fish & Game, plus prizes for all participants, free hot dogs and punch, make for a great way to launch the summer of fishing in the parks.
Friday May 30, 2014
"Round Up at the Lake" Convict Lake Spring Trout Derby
April 27, 2014 to June 12, 2014 (Recurring daily)
Location: Convict Lake Resort
Venue: Convict Lake Resort
1 Convict Lake Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Round-up at the Lake - Convict Lake Spring Fishing Derby April 27-June 12, 2014 $6,000 in Resort Prizes! $2,000 Cash Bonus Derby Weekend - June 6-8, 2014 The Competition: ...
Bay Area (The Delta), California
Saturday, May 31, 2014
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
To register for the event, Contact Martin Gerber call 916-376-9614
June 8th - George Carl Kids Fishing Derby
Another free community event, this long-standing tradition began 45 years ago to introduce the sport of fishing to young people. Today, it has blossomed into a day of good–old fashioned family fun. Children ages 3-16 have from 6:00 until noon to catch the biggest fish they can. Club members and other volunteers are on hand to help less experienced fishers. Prizes are given for different age groups and different species of fish and EVERY child goes home with a prize for participating.
ALPINE COUNTY - Indian Creek
Alpine County Fishing Derby
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June 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Kids’ Fishing Derby at Indian Creek from 9 AM – 1 PM.
Sponsored by Alpine County Fish & Game Commission, South Tahoe Public Utility District, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Kids. Food provided by Alpine Kids. Look for markers off the dirt road towards the dam.
Fish delivery 10AM
CRESTLINE: June 14th - Lake Gregory / Crestline Trout Derby 7:00am - 4:00pm, Great Prizes & FUN! For more info call 909-338-2706
Independence Fishing Derby
Girls who like to fish like the Independence Fishing Derby, and so do their families!! Join us on Father's Day weekend, Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Marina del Rey
39th Annual Halibut Derby
Marina Del Rey(424) 229-1890halibutderby at mail.com
June 7th & 8th 2014
MacArthur Park *
06/14/2014, Saturday (0800-1200)
2230 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Kids Fishing Derby 2014 *date change
Cold Stream Rd Pond to the right
Jun 21, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
AVALON: 6/25-8/27 Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday)
Meet at the Green Pier at 7am. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com
Cerritos Regional Park Lake
06/07/2014, Saturday (0700-1100)
19700 S. Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA
MacArthur Park *
06/14/2014, Saturday (0800-1200)
2230 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Chollas Park Lake *
06/21/2014, Saturday (0700-1300)
6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego, CA
Legg Lake *
06/28/2014, Saturday (0800-1200)
823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, S. El Monte, CA
Annual Kids Fishing Festival (Mammoth) *
07/26/2014, Saturday (0700-1300)
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Belmont Pier Kids Fishing Rodeo *
08/01/2014, Friday (0800-1200)
Long Beach, CA
Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Costume Contest *
Huntington Beach Pier
08/16/2014, Saturday (0800-1200)
Huntington Beach, CA
Catch a Tagged Trout Worth $50,000 at Big Bear Lake's Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby - June 7-8, 2014. .bigbear.com
June 6-8 - "Hangman's Bonus Derby" Convict Lake - Convict Lake. Cash prizes up for grabs; advanced registration required. Contact (800) 992-2260.
June 21 - Bridgeport Trout Tournament. An open derby with several categories, funds generated from this event help provide more trout for Bridgeport Reservoir and the East Walker River. Contact (760) 932-7525 / www.BridgeportFishEnhancement.com; or Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at (760) 932-7500 / www.BridgeportCalifornia.com.
June 28 - Department of Fish & Wildlife's Trout Fest - Hot Creek Hatchery. Free for kids, instruction, games, activities, casting lessons, insect display and more. Event is from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information, contact (559) 765-4824.
June 28 - July 6 - Mono Village 4th of July Fishing Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 /www.MonoVillage.com.
July 1-31 - How Big is Big Fishing Derby - West Walker River. Sponsored by the communities of Walker, Coleville and Topaz, and the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce, the 9th Annual How Big is Big Fishing Derby runs for the entire month of July. No entry fee -- just bring your fish in to the Walker General Store, and your catch will be weighed and recorded. Lots of prizes. Contact (530) 208-6078 / www.NorthernMonoChamber.com.
July 5 - Free Fishing Day. Come and fish for FREE in Mono County! All regulations still apply and Report Cards are required -- but Fishing Licences are waived on this day (and again on September 6, 2010). For more information on Mono County fishing regulations, contact the California Department of Fish & Game at (760) 934-2664 or http://www.dfg.ca.gov/.
July 26 - Kids Fishing Festival- Snowcreek Resort Mammoth Lakes - Kids under 12 can catch an Alpers trout at snowcreek ponds. Event T-shirts, prizes. Contact (760) 937-2942 or www.KidsFishFest.com.
August 3-11 - Mono Village Summer Fishing Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 /www.MonoVillage.com.
August 8-10 - "Size Doesn't Matter" Fishing Derby - West Walker River, 3 day event with tagged fish bounties worth prizes and cash. Entry stamps must be purchased in advanced and are available at local business in Walker. Contact (530) 208-6078 or www.northernmonochamber.com
August 30- September 1 - Mono Village Labor Day Fishing Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 /www.MonoVillage.com.
September 1-3 Morrison's Bonus Derby Weekend - Convict Lake. Cash prizes! contact (800) 922-2260.
September 6 - Free Fishing Day. Come and fish for FREE in Mono County! All regulations still apply and Report Cards are required -- but Fishing Licences are waived on this day. For more information on Mono County fishing regulations, contact the California Department of Fish & Game at 760-934-2664 or http://www.dfg.ca.gov/.
September 1 - November 15 - "Ambush at the Lake" Fall Fishing Derby - Convict Lake. Catch a tagged fish at the Convict Lake Fall Fishing Derby Series and win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Contact (800) 992-2260.
September 19-21 -The Fly Fishing Faire - Four fun filled days of fly casting, fly tying, and lessons for the family. Beginners to advance with great prizes. Contact 951-415-9920 / www.SouthwestCouncilFFF.org.
Oceanside - Kids Fishing Derby 2nd Annual Event
2nd Annual Kid's Fish Derby for kid's 6-16 begins at 9 a.m. on the Oceanside Pier. Call: (760) 722-3936 for information.
Seal Beach Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, August 27, 2011
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Seal Beach Pier
Catch, weigh and release. Bring your own rod and reel or loaners
is provided. Free refreshments for participants and prizes for largest fish caught. Free event open to youth ages 15 and older.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamitos.
Long Beach - Annual Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation Fishing Swap Meet Sunday July 31, 2011
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
251 North Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA
Selling Spots available for $35. Call 562-865-3764. Set up assigned at 5 a.m. danskids.org
Capitola - Begonia Festival Fishing Derby September 5, 2011
6 a.m. to Noon
Capitola Wharf, begoniafestival.com
Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the end of the Wharf. Open to all ages.
Final Tally begins at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Capitola Self Storage. Free Shuttle
runs from 10 am - 8 pm!
About Kids Fishing Derbies
They have them Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego. All up and down the coast (and inland lakes, too) there are fishing derbies that lure parents and children to experience the exciting "tap, tap" of the line, a notice that you've caught something and it may be time to reel it in. The big surprise is finding out what you've caught.
Fishing is as old as the hills and isn't just entertainment, it's the lifeblood of many peoples and cultures where the see, rivers and lakes have sustained hungry hunters and anglers for thousands of years.
But in modern society, fishing is mostly entertainment for youth first introduced to the sport around the age of six and up. Derbies provide mentoring and instruction from adults, and if the kids like it, the events create a life-long passion for a sport that brings appreciation, entertainment, and food!
At one fishing derby in Huntington Beach, Huck Finn derby brought out a dad with his boy & girl, who he wanted to introduce to the sport. He opened a book in which he was featured as a participant in the very same event over 25 years earlier. He showed the black & white photo of himself standing about as tall as his children now were. He was hooked!
It doesn't take much to get hooked -- or to catch a fish. Good bait, a rod & reel are the start. You can buy the entire set up for around $25. Or you can rent your rod & reel on some California piers and concessions, just to try it out. Go ahead. Try it! It's fun.
Do you want to have a kids fishing derby? MEET ME AT THE LAKE is a
unique half-day festival-style FREE youth fishing event open to the public and
held at various local city lakes throughout the year. This powerful outreach
program caters to urban kids and their families who may not otherwise have
access to viable fishing opportunities. The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation
provides a large team of volunteers who work tirelessly to prepare, plan and
operate each event to ensure that all participants have a fun, memorable and
safe day of fishing. sport-fishing.com
Kids Fishing Derbies 2011
Huck Finn Jubilee in June huckfinn.com
BASS LAKE - Bass Lake Derby in May
ISABELLA LAKE - Isabella Lake Fishing Derby in March
MARINA DEL REY - Marina del Rey Halibut Derby in May
BIG BEAR LAKE - Big Bear Lake's Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby in June bigbear.com
SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz Sandcrab Classic Perch Derby in March
LAKE ELSINORE - Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby set for Saturday, June 4,
2011. The free fishing tournament is open to youngsters 15 years and
younger. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with fishing starting at 7:30 a.m. to 10:30
a.m. Walk-ins not accepted the day of the event. Participants must bring
their own bait and tackle. Derby organizers suggest bringing hats, sunscreen and
lawn chairs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes is awarded
to top fish catchers. Pre-registration (951) 245-0442.
LOS ANGELES - Kids Fishing Derby in MacArthur Park.
OAKLAND - Lake Chabot Reservoir he 315-acre Lake Chabot is stocked with trout and catfish. There are also bass, crappie, and other fish. A popular event is the annual spring fishing derby. There are several fishing piers in the park.ebparks.org/
STOCKTON - Saturday June 4, 2011 at Oak Grove. San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will host the 27th Annual Catfish Derby. Gates open at 6:15 a.m. Event competition is open to everyone. Kids age 15 years and younger fish FREE at Oak Grove's 10-acre lake during the event. Nearly 3,000 lbs. of catfish is planted prior to the derby, with Oak Grove Lake closed to fishing on Friday, June 4. Anglers will compete for prizes in similar age groups (i.e.: 8 and under, 9 to 12, 13 to 15 and adult competition) and food is available for purchase. There is no registration fee for the event. Oak Grove Regional Park is located on Eight Mile Road and I- 5 in Stockton. Derby registration closes at 10 a.m. and the last weigh-in is at 12:30 p.m. Prizes is awarded shortly thereafter. For more
information, call (209) 331-2050 . mgzoo.com.
SANTA BARBARA - April 9, 2011 Anglers of all ages dip their fishing lines in Cachuma Lake for the 16th annual Trout Derby 2011. Registration is $40 for adults or $10 for kids 10 years and under. Registration takes place at Cachuma Lake. All anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license, which may also be purchased at the marina. The Trout Derby is the major fundraiser for Cachuma Lake Nature Center Inc., the nonprofit organization that operates the Nature Center. Participants are competing for cash prizes amounting to $5,000 plus thousands of dollars worth of merchandise prizes is awarded in many categories and to anglers of all ages. Some prizes are designated for children and teens. troutderby.org or clnaturecenter.org
POWAY - Lake Poway Kids' Fishing Derby on Feb. 5. There's a campout Friday, Feb. 4, a BBQ and a trout fishing seminar. On Saturday, there's another BBQ. There are prizes for top catches and
other awards. The derby is free for kids. For information about the fishing classes, call the lake at (858) 668-4770 or supervising ranger Steve November at (858) 668-4772.
SANTEE - Free kids catfish fishing derby this weekend at Santee Lakes. The Santee Firefighters Association is putting on a free catfish derby for all supervised kids ages 3 to 17 on Saturday, June 11th, 2011. The derby will take place at Santee Lakes on lakes 3 & 4 where catfish have been consistently stocked. The official derby fishing hours is from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Kids can register in area G of the park and will receive a free fishing permit for the day, worms, a raffle ticket, a hot dog lunch, and some free goodies while they last. email
FOUNTAIN VALLEY - Saturday March 5, 2011, at Mile Square Regional Park. O.C. Parks is putting on a Free Kid's Fishing Derby that is a fun event for the entire family to do. Here are the details for the event: Registration goes from 7am to 8:30am. The actual Fishing Derby is held from 9am to 12pm. There are prizes for those in their given age group who catch the biggest fish, winners and prizes to be announced after the conclusion of the fishing derby. There are 3 age categories. The first category is for those who are 7 years old and under, the second category is from 8 to 11 year olds, and the last category is from 12 to 15 year olds. ocparks.com
CERRITOS - Date: June 4, 2011; Time: 7:00am11:00am Where: Cerritos Regional County Park, 19800 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703. Bring the kids out to the Cerritos Kids Fishing Derby presented by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and the Cerritos Rod & Gun Club. For boys and girls ages 5 to 15 years, begins at 7 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast with the Fishing Derby immediately following from
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring your own poles and equipment, as there is a limited number of poles for loan. Call: (562) 924-6144.
San Clemente - Kids Fishing Clinic & Derby, Saturday, July 16, 2011 Ages 12 and under.
Sponsored by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and held at the end of San Clemente
Pier, this event is part of the annual Ocean Festival. Registration and fishing
begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at Noon 12 p.m. Award presentation is at 12:30
p.m.All participants must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian and will
receive a Dana Wharf Sportfishing kids club card.
San Clemente - Sunday, July 17, 2011 Fishing Derby, all ages
Held from 6:30 a.m. to Noon, this is an all ages contest. Participants must provide own tables, chairs, etc. for use in the derby. Bring entry form to the event, San Clemente Ocean Festival. Call (949) 440-6141.