Bass Lake Fishing Derby offers $55,000 in prizes

Anglers have a chance at snagging a portion of $55,000 at the annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby May 5 and 6.

The annual event is sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, and kicks off the summer season at the popular lake.

“This is a really fun event that is a great way to start the busy season here at Bass Lake,” said Michelle Miller of the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce and Miller’s Landing Resort.

“It brings in a lot of families. What better way to bring the family together than fishing at Bass Lake.”

More than 1,000 tagged rainbow trout will be released into the lake prior to the tournament, each worth varying amounts. There will be 847 fish worth $20, 150 worth $100, 1 fish will net a lucky angler $5,000, and two grand-prize fish will be worth $10,000 each.

“All in all, entrants have a good chance of walking away with a nice payday,” said Miller.

Registration costs $25 per individual or $60 for a family consisting of spouses and up to three children under the age of 16. To learn more or to register, visit or contact Michelle Miller at 642-3633 or email

Bass Lake is about 20 minutes south of the State Route 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park, and about an hour north of Madera in the Sierra National Forest.

The lake offers a wide range of lodging, from camping up to a full service resort and luxurious vacation rentals. It also offers an array of dining and shopping options.