Reel in a big one and win at the annual Island Lake Bass Derby

Cast aside pressures of daily life and enjoy time on the lake at the 10th annual Island Lake Bass Derby, running July 14 and 15 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 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 brings many first-time and experienced anglers to the park,” said Steve Murphy, this year’s event coordinator and member of FOIL. “The derby is open to everyone. We have special kids’ categories to help encourage fishing at all ages. Our goal is to promote fishing at Island Lake and raise money for projects around the park.”

Up to 300 people take part in the annual bass derby throughout the weekend. This year participants have a chance to win more than $6200 in prizes. Categories include big catch prizes for the top 10 bass, as well as special categories for the top pike, perch and crappie. As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, participants can catch one of 10 tagged fish and win $100. There are separate kids categories for youth ages 11 and under. There will be daily ceremonies to award trophies in all kids’ categories.

Registration for the derby includes daily admission to the park and boat launch access. An Ontario fishing license and aerated live well are required. Electric boat rental and live bait are also available at additional cost.

Following the derby, everyone is invited to Islandpalooza, an after party celebration. Stay for live music, food and a beer garden at the waterfront amphitheatre from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The general public can enjoy free admission and entertainment.

The annual derby is sponsored by local businesses including lead sponsor Country 105.

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

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.


Media Contact
Jamie Williams
Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285
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