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.
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.