You don’t have to be a “reel” expert to get out and enjoy fishing at the eighth annual Island Lake Bass Derby July 9 and 10.
Hooks will be casted into the lake from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.
The event is hosted in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF), and the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) as an annual fundraiser for Island Lake Conservation area projects.
“This is a fun event that is open to everyone,” said Steve Murphy, event coordinator for the Island Lake Bass Derby and member of FOIL. “We see first-time and experienced anglers come out each year to enjoy time at the lake. We also have special kids’ categories to help encourage fishing at all ages.”
The derby is a catch and release tourney with the goal to promote fishing at Island Lake in addition to raising money for conservation projects at the park.
The event usually sees up to 300 participants throughout the weekend. This year, participants have a chance to win more than $5,000 in prizes. Categories include big catch prizes for the Top 10 bass, as well as special categories for the top pike, perch and crappie. There are separate kids categories for youth ages 11 and under, and daily ceremonies will be held to award trophies in all kids categories.
All children receive a participation ribbon.
Registration for the derby includes daily admission to the park and boat launch access. This event takes place during Ontario Family Fishing weekend and a fishing license is not required. Electric boat rentals, live bait and a barbecue are also available at additional cost.
Camping is open at Island Lake Conservation Area during the annual derby. Campsites are available on July 8 and 9. Reservations are required and space is limited to 10 camper/RV sites and 25 tenting sites.
Sites are available at a flat fee of $25 for both nights. Reservations are open to the general public, not just derby participants.
For more details about the Island Lake Bass Derby and camping, registration and prize information, please visit islandlakederby.ca.