Cast away the pressures of daily life at the 11th annual Island Lake Bass Derby, running July 13 and 14 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The event, an annual fundraiser for Island Lake Conservation Area projects, is hosted jointly by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) and the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL).
“Our two-day catch and release derby is a great event for first-time and experienced anglers,” said Bob Shirley, Chair of FOIL. “We have special prize categories for adults and kids to help 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 take part in the bass derby throughout the weekend. This year participants have a chance to win over $5000 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 kids’ categories for youth ages 11 and under. Daily ceremonies will be held to award trophies in all kids’ categories.
Registration for the derby includes daily admission to the park and boat launch access. Registrants must each have an Ontario fishing license and aerated live well. Electric boat rental and live bait are also available at additional cost. Participants registering before July 1 will receive an early bird special rate. Online registration is open until noon on July 12 or in-person at the park until the day of the derby, space permitting.
The annual derby is supported by local businesses including Gold Sponsor Sunshine Landscape Design and Construction, and Media Sponsor Country 105.
For more details about the Island Lake Bass Derby, registration, sponsors and prize information, please visit www.islandlakederby.ca.
Caption: CVC’s Phil Bird holding a Largemouth Bass from the Island Lake Bass Derby
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, CVC has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285