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Where is derby HQ this year, and what are the dates and hours?

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Important Information and Frequently Asked Questions

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Campgrounds and Launches

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Boating & Fishing Regulations

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The Lake

Where can I get a copy of the official rules?  What about the tag list?

Printed copies of the official rules will be available at derby HQ at the start of the derby.  If digital copies are available before the derby, a link will be located here and on the derby Facebook page.  Ditto for the tag list!

Can I mail in my registration form and pay by check instead of purchasing my tickets online?

I paid.  Is my registration number the same as my order number like last year?

No. Each angler will have a unique registration number that will be provided to them on a registration card that must be picked up at derby headquarters (HQ) starting on March 31st.

The 32nd Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby - 2023

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(April 1 - June 4)

**$10,000 Dollar Trout is Back!

Over $55,000 In cash and Prizes Available!

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Need more Info?  Email office@kernrivervalley.com or use the chat feature on this site to send a message - No calls for info, please.

The campgrounds around Lake Isabella are operated by the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company: Auxiliary Dam , Southfork Rec, Old Isabella, Paradise Cove, Tillie Creek, Hungry Gulch, Boulder Gulch, Camp Nine.

For information about fees, passes, and facilities managed by the RMRC, please contact 1-760-376-1269; office address 9900 Sierra way, Kernville CA 93238"

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(Make checks payable to KRVCC. Mail to KRVCC PO BOX 567, Lake Isabella CA 93240) 

Click Image Below for PDF - If Link is Broken, Email Office@kernrivervalley.com

**$10,000 tagged trout is only active on opening weekend (April 1 - April 2) with the purchase of the official derby t-shirt or hat.
Tag value is $5,000 without shirt or hat purchase.  After opening weekend tag value is reduced to $1,000.  Hats/shirts only available at derby HQ.

ADULT ANGLER TICKETS - $40 Each.

YOUTH ANGLER TICKETS - $15 Each.

(16 Years and Older)

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Campgrounds and Launches

After opening weekend derby HQ will be at the Kern River Chamber of Commerce offices in Lake Isabella. Specific information about chamber hours and how to turn in tagged fish after opening weekend are contained in the Official Rules.

The hat design hasn't changed from last year, so will last year's purchase count towards the $10,000 tagged trout?

No. A hat or a t-shirt must be purchased this year for the fish to be at full value for opening weekend.

Can I pre-order a t-shirt or hat?

Hats and t-shirts will only be available at derby HQ.  

How much are the fish worth this year?

500 trout will be tagged ranging in value from $20 dollars to $10,000 for opening weekend.  See Official Rules for more info about tag values after opening weekend.

Boat Launches/Ramps are the responsibility of the Kern County Parks and Recs Department.

Campgrounds managed by RMRC are developed sites and fees for camping and day use apply.  Contact RMRC for a fee schedule.  Signs are posted at entrances to fee areas. 

Areas around the lake where no Fee signs are posted are undeveloped.  There are no camp hosts, fire pits, tables, or toilets in most of the undeveloped areas and, depending on the lake level, the lakeshore may not reach these areas.

Please contact the Kern River Valley Ranger District at (760) 376-3781  for information about undeveloped camping areas and for information about current fire restrictions.  Visit their website at this link for additional information.

Apply for a California Camp Fire Permit at: Campfire Permit - Ready for Wildfire

For information about private campgrounds, please visit our business directory.

Fishing

The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby operates under special use permit with the Sequoia National Forest and operates on a nondiscriminatory basis.  To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington DC 20250-9410, or call toll free, (866) 632-9992.

All anglers must abide by California Department of Fish and Wildlife's regulations.

CDFW no longer prints and distributes the regulations booklet and is not available at retail stores.

A printable copy of the regulations booklet is available at this link. California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations (Extended through 2022) 

Boating

Information about boating regulations on Lake Isabella, permits, safety and more is available through

Kern County, Department of Parks and Recreation. 

Please go here for the latest information: Kern County Parks and Recreation, Lake Isabella

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