53rd Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby Postponed…Again

Press Release: Bishop Chamber of Commerce on Postponement of 53rd Blake Jones Tournament

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors to the Bishop Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone the Blake Jones Trout Derby that was slated for March 13th, 2021. Historically, the derby draws nearly 1,000 anglers from near and far to fish Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River near Bishop.

Since large gatherings may still not be deemed safe in March, some people suggested converting to a cyber event with online registration and virtual fish check-ins. While it could be possible to hold a contest with those modifications, event organizers opted to postpone to a time that would more likely allow for the well-attended weigh-in and awards ceremony.

“We are hopeful that by mid to late summer it will be safe to gather and celebrate the long standing traditions of the Blake Jones Derby,” noted Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson. No new date has been selected yet. As soon as a new date is chosen, it will be posted on www.bishopvisitor.com and the chamber’s social media platforms.

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