Fish Derby, California Fishing Derbies, Contests, Events, Fairs & Festivals

California Fishing Derby events, festivals and fairs offer fishing opportunities for kids and adults. Fishing has become one of the top sports and most popular forms of recreation, especially in California where pier fishing costs only the price of bait, a rod and reel. Below are a list of fishing derby contests, fish contest events and any items of interest we have found. Some of the public fishing programs include events sponsored by the Department of Fish & Game with their fishing in the city, derbies and contests in  which volunteers help teach people how to put bait on a line, how to cast, and when to know if a fish is biting, plus when to begin reeling in. California is usually associated with beaches and swimsuits but fishing derbies and fishing events are more abundant in California than most any other state in the U.S.

Sports - Free Fishing - Fishing Events - Grunion Run - Huck Finn Derby - Piers - Harbors

California Fishing Derbies, Contests, Events, Fairs and Festivals


Fishing Derbies (phone numbers subject to change):

April - Pine Flat Trout Derby
Contact: Dave Schumacher
559 904-1471

May - Shasta Lake Classic
Trout and Salmon Derby Presented by Kokanee Power.
Contact: Gary Coe
916 985-4943

June - New Melones 2 day Derby
Steven Padilla 209 358-9545
Mario Lopez 209 869-6236

August - Stampede Reservoir Derby
Contact: John Minnis
530 587-2950

August - Bucks Lake Derby
Contact: Randy Bergquist
916 421-1240

September - Shaver Lake Derby
Contact: Dave Schumacher
559 925-0549

September - Lake Pardee Derby
Contact: Bryan McGinty
510 299-5010

September - Troutstock at Mono Lakes


Supplied by DFG, subject to change:

Chollas Park Lake San Diego Saturday February

Lacy Park San Marino Saturday February

Fred Hall Show Long Beach Wednesday-Sunday March

Fred Hall Show Del Mar Wednesday-Sunday March

Mile Square Park Lake Fountain Valley Saturday April

Laguna Lake Park Fullerton Saturday April

Legg Lake Spring Trout Derby S. El Monte Saturday April

Cerristos Regional Park Lake Cerritos Saturday June

Huntington Beach Pier Huntington Beach Saturday August

Lincoln Park Lake Los Angeles Saturday September

La Mirada Regional Park lake La Mirada Saturday October

Legg Lake Youth Fishing Derby S. El Monte Saturday October

Wilderness Park Downey Saturday November

 city  event phone / web month
California Boating & Fishing Week June
California Free pier fishing Web page All
California Grunion run Web page March
June - August
California Huck Finn Derbies Web page All
Clear Lake Catfish Derby May
Doheny Doheny Grunion Night March
Huntington Beach Huck Finn Fishing Derby August
Independence Independence Trout Fishing Derby June
Isleton Kids' Fishing Derby June
Lakeport Holder Ford Tournament March
Lodi Fishing Derby for Kids at Oak Grove Park June
Los Angeles Fishing Derby May
Mammoth Lakes Troutstock Derby Sep
Manhattan Beach Fishing Derby May
Marina del Rey Anglers Annual Halibut Derby April
Redding Return of the Salmon Festival October
Rio Vista Bass Festival October
Stockton Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament February
Sacramento Fishing Derby  (for kids) March
San Clemente Fishing Derby on the Pier July
Santa Cruz
Bayside Marine Salmon Derbies
March - August, monthly

831) 475-2173  
Santa Cruz Monterey Bay Marine Big Fish Derby
(831) 479-4595    
Santa Cruz Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project Big Fish Derby July  
Southern California
Grunion Run - Schedule Mar-Aug
Sierra Madre Huck Finn Fishing Derby & Campout March
Seal Beach Seal Beach/Los Alamitos Rotary Club Fishing Derby August
Shasta Lake Trout & Salmon Derby May
Upper Lake Blue Lakes Trout Derby, (707) 275-2718 April
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