Become a ‘REEL’ expert at the Island Lake Bass Derby

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Credit Valley Conservation

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Cast aside the pressures of everyday life and enjoy time on the lake at the ninth annual Island Lake Bass Derby, running July 8 and July 9 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.

“This is a fun event that is open to everyone,” said Steve Murphy, event coordinator for the Island Lake Bass Derby and member of FOIL. “Our two-day catch and release derby brings a lot of first-time and experienced anglers to the park. We also 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.”

The event sees up to 300 participants throughout the weekend. This year participants have a chance to win up to $5,000 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, and daily ceremonies will be held to award trophies in all kids categories. All children receive a participation ribbon.

Registration for the derby includes daily admission to the park and boat launch access. This event takes place during Ontario Family Fishing weekend and a fishing license is not required. Electric boat rentals, live bait and barbeques are also available at additional cost.

The annual derby is sponsored by local businesses including Sunshine Landscape Design & Construction, Brookfield Residential, and Orangeville Nissan.

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.


Fishing at Island Lake Conservation Area

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