Something fishy is going on almost everywhere in the Eastern Sierra! Plan your trip to your favorite Mono County fishing spot around this year's derbies, events and festivals.
2016 FISHING EVENTS
Jan. 1 - April 17 - Topaz Lake Fishing Derby - Topaz Lake. The fishing season at Topaz Lake (California-Nevada border) goes from Jan. 1 - Sept. 30, 2016! Topaz Lodge hosts their annual fishing derby from Jan. 1 until April 12 -- catch tagged fish for cash and prizes. No entry fee! Contact 800-962-0732 www.TopazLodge.com/
April 30 - May 1 - Western Outdoor News BIG FISH Sierra Trout Opener - New! From Lone Pine to Bridgeport, prizes for the biggest fish daily at four weigh-in locations. More info here.
April 30 - May - Fishmas Day Celebration at Tom's Place - Tom's Place. A fun-filled fishing derby with cash prizes, 50/50 raffle for cash, and lots of contest categories. Advance registration required. Contact (760) 935-4239 / www.TomsPlaceResort.com
April 30 - May 1 - Opening Weekend Cash Derby at Convict Lake - Convict Lake Resort. 800) 992-2260 www.ConvictLake.com
April 30 - Fred J. Hall Memorial Opening Day "Big Fish" Contest - Crowley Lake. No entry fee -- just bring your opening day catch to Crowley Lake Fish Camp Tackle shop for prizes and fame. Contact 760-935-4301 / www.CrowleyLakeFishCamp.com/.
April 30 - Monster Fish Contest - June Lake Loop - Prizes will be awarded for biggest trout caught by a local resident, biggest trout caught by a chile, biggest trout caught by a woman, and the ugliest trout entered. Contact www.JuneLakeLoop.com.
April 30 - May 1 - Mono Village Fishing Opener Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 /www.MonoVillage.com.
April 30 through November 15 - Gull Lake Marina "Fish of the Month Club" Derby - June Lake Loop. Cash prizes are awarded for the biggest catch from Gull Lake every month of fishing season! Entry fee is just $5. Plus, rent a boat from the marina and catch a fish over 3lbs., and you get to spin the Wheel of Prizes! For information call Gull Lake Marina at (760) 648-7539 or www.GullLakeMarina.com.
April 30 through November 15 - Bridgeport Locals Only Fishing Tournament - Bridgeport Reservoir. Visit www.BridgeportReservoir.com.
May 1 - June 16 - "Round-up at the Lake" Spring Fishing Derby - Convict Lake. Cash prizes up for grabs; advance registration required. Contact (800) 992-2260 www.ConvictLake.com
May 27 - June 27 - Crowley Lake Perch Derby - Crowley Lake. Contact (760) 935-4301 www.CrowleyLakeFishCamp.com
June 3 - 5 - "Hangman's Bonus Derby" Convict Lake - Convict Lake. Cash prizes up for grabs; advanced registration required. Contact (800) 992-2260.
June 10 - 11 - Trout Invitational Tournament - Crowley Lake. Contact (760) 935-4301 www.CrowleyLakeFishCamp.com
June 12 - Rush Creek Clean-up and BBQ - Silver Lake Resort. Visit www.SilverLakeResort.net for more details.
June 18-19 - Fred Hall Father's Day Fishing Tournament - Mammoth Lakes Basin. Be part of the Fred Hall tradition by participating in the Father’s Day Derby. Fish in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on June 20-21, 2015, then weigh your catch at Rick’s Sports Center at 3241 Main Street in Mammoth Lakes for a chance at winning an awesome prize package! For more info: 760-934-3416.
June 25 - Bridgeport Trout Tournament. An open derby with several categories, funds generated from this event help provide more trout for Bridgeport Reservoir and the East Walker River. Contact (760) 932-7525 / www.BridgeportFishEnhancement.com; or Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at (760) 932-7500 / www.BridgeportCalifornia.com.
June 25 - Department of Fish & Wildlife's Trout Fest - Hot Creek Hatchery. Free for kids, instruction, activities, casting lessons, insect display and more. Event is from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information, contact (559) 765-4824.
June 28 - July 5 - Mono Village 4th of July Fishing Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 www.MonoVillage.com.
July 1-31 - How Big is Big Fishing Derby - West Walker River. Sponsored by the communities of Walker, Coleville and Topaz, and the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce, the 9th Annual How Big is Big Fishing Derby runs for the entire month of July. No entry fee -- just bring your fish in to the Walker General Store, and your catch will be weighed and recorded. Lots of prizes. Contact (530) 208-6078 / www.NorthernMonoChamber.com.
July 2 - Free Fishing Day. Come and fish for FREE in Mono County! All regulations still apply and Report Cards are required -- but Fishing Licences are waived on this day (and again on September 3, 2016). For more information on Mono County fishing regulations, contact the California Department of Fish & Game at (760) 934-2664 or visit the website.
July 25 - Kids Fishing Festival- Snowcreek Resort Mammoth Lakes - Kids under 12 can catch an Alpers trout at Snowcreek ponds. Event T-shirts, prizes. Contact (760) 937-2942 or www.KidsFishFest.com.
July 29-30 - NEW! Bridgeport Fish Fest - Stay tuned for more information on this fishing derby, poker run, live music, family-fun event hosted by the Twin Lakes Resort (website). More updates on Facebook: Twin Lakes Resort.
August 1-9 - Mono Village Summer Fishing Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 /www.MonoVillage.com.
August 7 - 9 - "Size Doesn't Matter" Fishing Derby - West Walker River, 3 day event with tagged fish bounties worth prizes and cash. Entry stamps must be purchased in advanced and are available at local business in Walker. Contact (530) 208-6078 or www.northernmonochamber.com
August 22- Crowley Lake Stillwater Classic - Crowley Lake. Contact 760-935-4301 / www.CrowleyLakeFishCamp.com/.
August 29- September 8 - Mono Village Labor Day Fishing Derby - Upper Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. Cash and merchandise prizes given in several categories. Registration fee required. Contact (760) 932-7071 /www.MonoVillage.com.
September 1 - November 15 - "Ambush at the Lake" Fall Fishing Derby - Convict Lake. Catch a tagged fish at the Convict Lake Fall Fishing Derby Series and win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Contact (800) 992-2260.
September 3 - Free Fishing Day. Come and fish for FREE in Mono County! All regulations still apply and Report Cards are required -- but Fishing Licences are waived on this day. For more information on Mono County fishing regulations, contact the California Department of Fish & Game at 760-934-2664 or visit the website.
September 3 - June Lake Loop Big Trout Tournament - June Lake Loop. Contact www.JuneLakeLoop.com.
September 3 - Fishin' Mission Foundation Western BBQ & Concert - Bridgeport. Contact www.Fishin-Mission-Foundation.org for tickets.
October 16-18 - The Fly Fishing Faire - Three fun filled days of fly casting, fly tying, and lessons for the family. Beginners to advance with great prizes. Contact 951-415-9920 /www.SouthwestCouncilFFF.org.
October 28 - 30 - Morrison's Bonus Derby Weekend - Convict Lake. $2,000 Cash Bonus Derby Weekend. Contact 800-922-2260.
For more information about these fishing events, other sports events, music festivals, food/beer/wine celebrations, and more great events, check out our full Calendar of Events.