Contact: Dixon Lake Ranger Staff, 760-839-4680

From November 11 to the 14, the City of Escondido will be hosting the 32nd Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby. To make this four-day event competitive for the novice, as well as the skilled angler, there are a variety of ways to win. Prizes will be awarded for the following five categories: the largest trout of the derby, the largest in each age category (senior, adult, and youth), the first and second largest trout of each day, the smallest trout of the derby, and for thefirst 15 trout brought in that have a plastic clip on their dorsal fin.

Large trout and great fishing has been the hallmark of the annual derby. The Grand Prize winner of last years' derby tipped the scales at 6 lbs. 9 oz. The Grand Prize winning Rainbow Trout at 18 of the past 25 derbies weighed in over 8 pounds.

To enter each fisherman must purchase a daily permit normally required to fish the lake ($7.00 adults, $5.00 for kids under 16 and seniors over 60). There is no additional charge to enter the derby, but the $5 vehicle entry fee into the park will be charged each day of the derby. Since Dixon Lake now has an Aquaculture permit, a California Fishing License is no longer required. Fish must be weighed in during derby hours, 6 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., on the day they are caught. Since contestants can win only one prize, chances of winning are good.
For further information, contact the Dixon Lake ranger staff at (760) 839-4680 or