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Questions about events and businesses in Bishop? Visit the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

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Blake Jones Trout Derby

Make Plans now for the Blake Jones Trout Derby

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is already preparing for the very popular Blake Jones Trout Derby. They are encouraging everyone to save the date…Saturday, March 14th. Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has been a favorite event for local and visiting anglers and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Derby headquarters will be at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, 8 miles north of Bishop. The contest is a “blind bogey” competition, so everyone has equal chance to win. Each registered participant may enter up to five fish and if any fish matches the blind bogey weight, they’ll be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. There are categories for adults and kids; additional prizes are awarded just for participating. Prize packages include rod & reel combos, float tubes, tackle, gift certificates for local restaurants & retailers, and much, much more. Typically, more than $10,000 worth of prizes is given away!

Prior to the derby, Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River will be heavily stocked with rainbow trout. California Department of Fish and Wildlife will plant fish and the chamber has made arrangements with Desert Springs Trout Farm to plant more than 700 pounds of fish. As if that’s not enticing enough, Inland Aquaculture is also on board to stock over 400 pounds of trophy size trout in the 7 to 14 pound range.

The Bishop Chamber is now accepting registrations at an “early bird” discount through February 15th. Adult fee is just $10 and children under 12 can register for just $5. After February 15th, adult fee will be $15 and kids $7. Contestants may also pre-order Blake Jones commemorative t-shirts.

Thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of Erick Schat’s Bakkery, the chamber has added a separate raffle offering a brand new Dave Scadden Paddleboard! Raffle tickets are just $5 each or 5 for $20. The winning raffle ticket will be chosen at the Blake Jones Derby, but winner need not be present.

The annual Blake Jones Trout Derby is organized by the Bishop Chamber with support of the City of Bishop, County of Inyo, dozens of generous prize sponsors and dedicated volunteers.

For more information, stop by the Bishop Chamber – 690 N. Main Street or call (760)873-8405. Visit online at

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Mule Days Concert Set

Brenn Hill to Headline 2015 Mule Days Concert

The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is pleased to announce that Western singer/songwriter Brenn Hill will headline the 2015 Mule Days concert.  The concert is set for Thursday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.   Mule Days officials note, “Hill doesn’t just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen.”  His most recent release, “Ode To Selway,” like each of his prior recordings, serves as a pathway into and through his own personal journey. Hill is not just an observer or narrator of the Western story, but one of its strongest interpreters. Life’s trials and tribulations are his raw material.
Hill’s career spans 10 recordings of mostly all self-penned music and nearly two decades on-the-road. He has won numerous industry awards and accolades, and resides with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah.
Tickets for the concert, and all Mule Days events, go on sale Monday, Feb. 2nd at 8:30 a.m. at the Mule Days office, 1141 N. Main St., Bishop.
Like his 2014 predecessors, cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey and cowboy poet Baxter Black, Brenn Hill’s performance works best when he has close interaction with the audience. For that reason, the Mule Days Executive Committee opted to continue with its more intimate offering in the Charles Brown Auditorium. Seating will be limited to 900, an increase of 100 seats from last year.

Concert tickets are $25 per person, or $45 for VIP. The VIP tickets include preferred seating and access to a “Meet-and-Greet” reception with Hill prior to the concert. VIP tickets are limited to 150 total. Last year the VIP tickets sold out prior to the event, so Mule Days organizers suggest purchasing early in order to avoid disappointment.
The Bishop Mule Days concert is presented by Justin Boots and KIBS-FM, 100.7 FM.
For more information about Brenn Hill, please visit his website, For more information about Bishop Mule Days, call (760) 872-4263.

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