LAKE CUYAMACA

RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT

21st Annual Kid's Fishing Derby

O.P. Ball Memorial "Fishin' in the Pines" Free Kid's Derby

is our biggest annual event! 

 

 

Last year the Kid's Fishing Derby was curtailed by the pandemic, but 2019 was, by far, our best year yet with just over 400 kids ranging in age from 3 to 15. So awesome to see the shoreline full of smiling faces!

 

The derby is run strictly off of donations. Each child receives a fishing pole and reel just for registering! Donations also make food, prizes, trophies, kayaks, face painting, music, and more possible! This being our 21st Annual, we are looking to have an even more successful year!

 

Donations of cash, checks, gift cards, gift certificates, or raffle prizes are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. Any amount is so appreciated!

 

Bring your kiddos and family out! This is one of the best fishing derbies around and one you don't want to miss! We have a couple of fun surprises this year as well, but we won’t give them away yet!

 

If you have any questions or would like to donate, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! Again, anything is welcome and appreciated!

 

Hope to see you all there for another memorable year! 

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DERBY INFORMATION

This is a trout fishing derby. Your child can catch any of our species of fish BUT in order to be in the running to win a trophy for the largest fish of the day, you have to weigh in a trout, either Lightning or Rainbow.

 

The entire event is held in the South Parking lot, and that is where you will register when you arrive and get your free gifts before you start fishing. After that, you can fish wherever you like around the lake.

 

Fishing starts as early as 6:00 AM and final weigh in for the competition is at noon (Hint: the best bite is between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM.)

 

Lunch will start immediately after weigh in, between 12:00-12:30 PM. We will have fresh fish as well as hamburgers and hot dogs. After lunch, ALL prizes and trophies will be handed out immediately, around 1:00 PM.

 

We will wrap up the whole derby by 2:30 PM so make sure you remember to stop by our vendor booths to grab some awesome items!

 

If adults purchase raffle tickets for the adult raffle, keep in mind that the money you spend there goes directly to next year's derby. Also, adults are welcome to fish as long as you have your CA State Fishing License, as well as a lake fishing permit. Proceeds from purchasing an adult fishing permit will also go to next year's derby.

 

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Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA   92036

Office: (760)765-0515   Toll-free: (877)581-9904   Reservations: (760)484-6454