Press release

The 51st annual Blake Jones Trout Derby is “in the books” and by all accounts, it was a great day. Nearly 700 anglers of all ages fished Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River near Bishop on March 16th vying for their share of more than $10,000 in prizes. More than 1,100 fish were weighed-in, with the biggest weighing in over 8 lbs.

2019 3 16 Blake Jones Tournament 3 DeSisto Dikdan families from Lomita and San Pedro. Custom

DeSisto & Dikdan families from Lomita and San Pedro/Photos courtesy of Charles James

It’s important to note that the Bishop Chamber of Commerce purchased more than 3,000 pounds of catchable rainbows from Wright’s Rainbow Trout Farm prior to the derby to make sure there would be plenty of fish to go around.

Prizes were awarded by a blind bogey raffle and this year’s target weight was 1 pound. All participants with fish matching that weight were entered into a raffle. Hayden Iglas of Lancaster, California was the big winner. He received a North Fork Outdoors Float Tube and a big package of fishing supplies. Other Blind Bogey prize recipients were Paisley Iglas of Lancaster and Diego Romero of Bishop. Cheyenne Yeager of Bishop brought in the biggest fish – a 8lb, 2oz lunker. All in all, loads of anglers took home many great prizes!

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Pool Glancy, Jeff Green,Tim Malott and Jim Conley

While the Bishop Chamber is the proud organizer of the beloved annual event, it’s important to note that they rely on a solid group of volunteers to make it all happen. Special thanks to Steve Ivey and Allen’s RV for providing shuttle service up at the reservoir. Thanks to Vicki Simpson and Inyo County Community Work Service Program, Dan McElroy and crew from City of Bishop Parks & Recreation as well as the Owens Valley Conservation Camp crew for all of the “heavy lifting.” Hal Reuter and his crew did a fantastic job weighing all the fish and the Chamber is ever-grateful for the many volunteers that helped with registration, check-in and raffles.

2019 3 16 Blake Jones Tournament 60 Steve Lara of Simi Valley wond a Dave Scadden Paddle Boat...for the second time in 2 years Custom

Steve Lara of Simi Valley wond a Dave Scadden Paddle Boat…for the second time in 2 years

This was the second year registration, weigh-in and awards ceremony were held at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds which proved to be great location. “We were able to enhance the derby this year by including more vendors, such as fly-tying demonstrations and casting instruction and several more informational displays,”explained April Leeson of the Bishop Chamber. Food and beverages were provided by Friends of the Fair. “The fairgrounds staff was so helpful and the venue worked out really well.”

Many local and national businesses support the Blake Jones Derby by providing co-sponsorship funds and merchandise used for prizes.

2019 3 16 Blake Jones Tournament 12 Sage age 4 Sierra age 6 and Brook age 4 with momTara and dad Richard Lancaster of Bishop Calif. Custom

Sage, age 4, Sierra, age 6, and Brook, age 4, with mom,Tara, and dad, Richard Lancaster of Bishop, Calif.


2019 sponsors include:

Alpine Signs/ 395 Store

Allen Outdoor


Alta One


Ashley Furniture

KMMT Radio

5 B Fishing Club


Back Alley Bowl And Grill

Line Cutterz


Liquid Assassins


Mac’s Sporting Goods

Bishop 395 Store

Manor Market

Bishop Automotive Center


Bishop Country Club

Meadow Farms Country Smokehouse

Bishop Twin Theatre

Mountain Title Company

Bishop Vet Hospital

Mr K Auto


Mule Days

Blakemore TTI

Newport Landing

BP Distributing

Northfork Outdoors

Brown’s Supply

Paiute Palace


Peak Productions

Carl’s Jr


CDF/Owens Valley Camp

Pizza Factory

City of Bishop


Community Printing

Point Loma


Preferred Septic

Dead Eye Outfitters


Discover with Dr. Cool

Reagan’s Sporting Goods

Dr. Slick

Reel Happy

Eagle Claw

She Angler

Erick Schat’s Bakkery

Sierra Maps

Filthy Anglers

Sierra Reader

Fish and Fame

Sierra Slammers

Fish Sniffer

Sierra Wave Media

Fish Story Lori

Snap N Crackle

Fish Taco Chronicles

Southern California Edison

Fisherman’s Landing

Stoked on Fishing

Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop

Tom’s Place Resort

Grocery Outlet


Us Forest Service

Western Outdoor News


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