Compete for Cash Prizes at the 14th Annual Island Lake Bass Derby

Thomas Reuter accepts his trophy for his 1st place finish in the 13th Annual Bass Fishing Derby, July 16, 2023

Cast a line at the 14th Annual Island Lake Bass Derby, running July 13 and 14 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is hosted in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) and the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) as an annual fundraiser for Island Lake Conservation Area projects.

“Our two-day catch and release derby is a great opportunity for experienced or first-time anglers to get out on the lake and have fun,” said Dave Dyce, Chair of FOIL. “We have special prize categories for adults and kids to encourage fishing at all ages. Our goal is to promote fishing at Island Lake, help people connect with nature and raise money for projects around the park.”

Up to 300 people will take part in the bass derby throughout the weekend. This year participants can win over $7,500 in prizes. Categories include big catch prizes for the top 10 bass, as well as special categories for the top pike, perch and crappie. There are separate youth categories for those up to 15 years old. Daily ceremonies will be held to award trophies in all youth categories.

Registration for the derby includes daily admission to the park and boat launch access. An Ontario fishing licence and aerated live well are required. Electric boat rental and live bait are also available at additional cost. Participants registering before July 12 at noon will save $10 off adult registration fees. Online registration is open until noon on July 12. Participants can also register in-person at the park until the day of the derby, space permitting.

For more details about the Island Lake Bass Derby, registration, sponsors and prize information, please visit

About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (”sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario. In 2024, Credit Valley Conservation is celebrating 70 years of conservation.

About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow. CVC inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy.


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Credit Valley Conservation

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