Fishing at Island Lake: A Must this Summer!

Person holding a fish and fishing rod in their hands.

Get Hooked on Fishing

Year after year, hundreds of people come out to support the annual Bass Fishing Derby at Island Lake Conservation Area. And for good reason, it’s a really good time!

This year’s 13th annual derby, hosted by the Friends of Island Lake, will take place on July 15 and 16, rain or shine.

Species to Catch

Island Lake is rich with a variety of fish species, including:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Northern pike
  • Black crappie
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Yellow perch
Person holding fish above water.
Northern pike can live up to 10 years old.

An exciting element of fishing is you never know what you may catch. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you might reel in the big catch prize. This year, we’re excited to announce a new top price for the biggest bass – $5,000! Additional prizes range from $125 up to $1,500. Read our derby rules and regulations for a full description of prizing and how to enter.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s bass fishing derby winners to see what you might be up against.


Two people fishing in a boat on a lake.
Fishing is a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family.

Whether you’re a seasoned fisher or a first-time goer, fishing is for everyone. You could also make this a family adventure because we offer youth categories too! Our park staff are full of helpful tips and tricks to get you started and help you with any needs during your visit.

We can’t wait to see you this year! Sign up for this year’s annual Bass Fishing Derby.

Share your catches with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

By Kimberley Laird, Associate, Marketing and Communications

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