TAFT, Calif. - Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Taft Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Trout Fishing Derby at Buena Vista Lake Evans. Prizes in each age group will be awarded with a $1,000 grand prize awarded to the fisherman who catches the heaviest Trout, with a chance to win $20,000 for matching a pre-determined weight. Beginning at 6 a.m., registered participants may fish until 2 p.m., with awards being given out at 2:15 p.m. It is the fisherman’s responsibility to get their fish weighed at 2 p.m. to be eligible for prize money. “This is a great family event with a chance to catch some large fish and win money,” Event Coordinator Shannon Jones said.
Anglers of all ages are invited to compete in the Derby. Adults are $20, children 14 and under are $10. Enrollment forms may be obtained from the Taft Chamber Office, 400 Kern Street in Taft, and in Bakersfield at Bob’s Bait Bucket, 2131 S. Chester Avenue, The Fishin’ Hole, 3400 Buck Owens Blvd, and Kern River Bait, 8011 Niles Street. Contact the Chamber at 661-765-2165 for more information.
The gates at Lake Evans open for the Derby at 6:00AM, on Saturday, the 17th, and fishing will continue until 2:00 p.m. All fishing laws will be observed, and no observers are allowed to enter during the Derby’s duration. Registration will take place on site Saturday morning as well as Friday, November 16 outside the Shell station at the corner of Enos Lane & Highway 119.