For the third year in a row, hundreds of anglers will converge onto Sycamore Island for the annual San Joaquin River Trout and Bass Fishing Derby.
The derby scheduled for March 7 is free and limited to the first 350 entries. All derby contestants must be over age of 15 and have a valid California fishing license.
Online registration is recommended at www.riverparkway.org under the “Things to Do” tab.
On-site registration starts at 6 a.m. March 7. At 7 a.m., anglers can begin casting their lines into the three competition ponds surrounding Sycamore Island. The derby ends at 11 a.m. with prizes and awards to follow.
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Prizes include passes to three fishing locations on the San Joaquin River, summer camp scholarships and canoe rides. A grand prize drawing for a lifetime California fishing license will be held at the end of the event.
While the event is free, access fees of $9 per car and $5 per trailer will be required to enter the Sycamore Island Ranch.