45th annual Kid’s Fish Lake Derby

Release Date: Jun 14, 2019

Orleans, Calif. – With summer nearly in full swing—campgrounds open, barbecues grilling—it must be time for the fish to be biting at the 45th Annual Kid’s Fish Lake Derby! This year’s derby will be on Saturday, June 22, at Fish Lake, on the Six Rivers National Forest’s Orleans Ranger District.

Teyk-Tah Moon
Teyk-Tah Moon landed 3 healthy rainbow trout and one coming in at 15.2″ to be named last year’s overall tournament winner.

The derby, open to children from pre-K through 8th grade, starts at 8 AM and ends at noon. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole and tackle. View flier.

“Last year, 91 kids participated, catching everything from rainbow trout and bass to bluegills,” said LeRoy Cyr, fisheries biologist for the district. “Everyone has fun at the derby, and it’s a great community event.”

Prizes are given out by age group for the greatest total weight of the first three fish caught, casting distance and accuracy, as well as sportsmanship.

Hot dogs and lemonade are provided. Everyone is asked to bring a salad or side dish to share.

The event is hosted by the Orleans Ranger District, Orleans Rod and Gun Club, Coast Central Credit Union, California Deer Association, Pacific Outfitters, AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards and the local river community. 

For additional information, contact LeRoy Cyr at (530) 627-3262 or leroy.cyr@usda.gov.