Cast your line at the 5th Annual San Joaquin River Fishing Derby at Sycamore Island!
Event Information and Schedule
6:00-7:00am Check-in, Onsite Registration
Participants that are pre-registered will check-in at the registration table and proceed to find a spot at one of the ponds. Participants that need to register will pay their entrance fee and submit their Derby Registration Form at the bait shop.
7:00am Derby Begins
DFW staff will sound air horns announcing the beginning of the derby. Prior to horns, derby ponds are closed to fishing.
7:00am-11:00am Derby Fishing!
While the Derby is underway, DFW staff will be at judges tables at each of the ponds to measure and record fish lengths and contestant information (see regulations for additional details).
11:00am Fishing Ends
DFW staff will sound air horns announcing the close of the Derby. All Bass or Trout intended for release must be at Judges table by 11:10 in order to qualify.
11:00-11:30am Final measurements and Scoring
During this time, Judges will measure any remaining fish, analyze results, and identify contest winners.
12:00-1:00 pm Award ceremony and Grand Prize Drawing
Event organizers and special guests will present prizes to Derby winners, including drawing for Lifetime fishing license
1:00 pm Derby Ends
Derby officially concludes. Participants are free to remain and continue fishing until the site closes for the day at 5:30pm.
Pre-Register by Filling Out Your Registration Information Below
Please note: There is no charge to enter the fishing derby, but participants will be asked to pay the usual entry fees for Sycamore Island - $9 per vehicle, and an additional $5 for trailers. Please complete your online registration by filling out the information here and choose to pay your entry fee if you will be driving in. If you have a Sycamore Island Annual Pass or will be driving in with someone else, you can register here and choose "additional derby participant" to process your registration without a fee. Also note that if you do not need to pay a fee, you can leave the credit card information blank and still process your registration.