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 www.bishopvisitor.com.