Annual Catfish Derby (Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven)


May 14-16, 2010


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Catfish Derby annual event brings out the families and anglers to catch big catfish.

The participants come from Maryland, Nebraska, Montana, Oregon and Nevada to try to win the big prize and catch the biggest catfish in this annual fishing derby held each year in Clear Lake, California.

There were close to 600 people entering the event last year, and nearly 100 of them were kids. The largest catfish caught weighed 28.23 pounds, with the winner taking home a new boatt!  He caught the fish with jumbo minnow near Rattlesnake Island. Many cast from their boats, while others cast from shore. The annual event raises money for civic organizations and events such as the 4th of July Celebration.  Located 100 miles (1 hour, 45 min.) north of Sacramento, the event invites young and old to participate.

The 26th annual event is the largest catfish tournament west of the Mississippi. The tournament features separate divisions for adults and children. Sponsored by the Clearlake Oaks Glenhaven Business Association, entry fees are affordable for three days of fishing. Ranging between $10 and $50, kids 15 and younger can enter for around $10/each. Location: Derby Headquarters, Clearlake Oaks fire station, 12655 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Call: (707) 998-1006 /


Where to stay when at the Fishing Competition in Clear Lake: While the map above shows one hotel option, Highlands Inn is located on the shores of the lake, making it also a convenient hotel option for your visit. Lake Escape Resort is also on the lake and has its own pier and amenities ideal for your fishing derby comfort after a long day of fishing.




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