Bridgeport Fish Derbies Set For June 27, June 28

Written By: Wes Ward March 8, 2015

Bridgeport Fish Derbies Set For June 27, June 28

(Bridgeport) Trout need our help. Populations are on the decline and stocking efforts have been slashed in recent years.
And the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation is doing something about it. The foundation hatches, raises and stocks several thousand trout per year with all of the funds coming from donations, tournaments, dinners, and they need your help.
The organization will hold their main fundraising event, the annual Bridgeport Fishing Tournament and Dinner, on Saturday, June 27th 2015.
“We expect around two hundred people and about fifty of those will be children,” said Ken Hoffman, board member of BFEF. “At the awards ceremony and dinner, we supply gift bags in addition to the category prizes, auctions and raffles.  Every junior participant receives a new rod/reel combo and a trophy whether they catch fish or not.”
He noted that past tournament participants have come from Northern Nevada, as well as San Diego north - throughout Southern and Northern California.
“This year, 2015, marks our twelth year and we would like to raise public awareness and increase our hatchery numbers,” said Hoffman. “Long time fishing guide Frank Killen started the BFEF in 2003. Since then our mission has been to raise trout for the local watershed in order to increase and sustain the angler’s experience.”
“Our focus has been on the youth and their families,” he stated. “We believe that by introducing children to the excitement of fishing we will increase their love of all things outdoors. One child catching one fish can forever change their perception of the outdoors, and they will pass that love down to their kids.”   
This will be a family fun event. Entry includes goody bag, great old-fashioned dinner, chance at great prizes, and a great day fishing the Eastern Sierras. Mom, Dad, and the Kids are all welcome. The derby features Men’s, Women’s, and Juniors Divisions (15 & younger)
Early Bird Entries received by June 1st 2015, receive entry into a special raffle.
Then on Sunday morning, June 28,  Ex-Cel Lures is partnering with the foundation to host the SKIP BAKER MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, a 50/50 tourney.
BFEF is also excited to announce that they have entered a public/ private partnership with local (Bridgeport Lower Twin Lakes Resort) marina operator to implement cage culture fish rearing during the 2015 season. BFEF will provide the fish and food as well as some equipment, the operator has agreed to conduct care and maintenance of the cage culture fish growing operation and to release the fish periodically throughout the 2015 season as seen fit. 
Prior to their June tournament, BFEF will purchase fish from Desert Springs Hatchery.  Some fish will be used for cage culture, some will be directly stocked into our local waters. 
“Other larger fish (trophy size 7-8 pounders) will be tagged with a BFEF labeled tag and released into our local waters,” said Hoffman. 
Anyone who catches a tagged fish, at any time during the season (not just during the tourney)  is encouraged to bring it to Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport and upon verification will receive a prize valued up to $60.00 dollars.
In addition, BFEF board members are in talks with Desert Springs Hatchery to provide brown trout, purchased by BFEF, and planted in allowable local BP area waters beginning in 2016.
Anyone who would like to attend the dinner/award banquet only is allowed to do so for a $25.00 dinner only fee.  Anyone attending is allowed to purchase raffle tickets for special giveaways/prizes.
Lastly, BFEF entered into a partnership with the Bridgeport Gun Club to co sponsor a $500.00 Educational Fund Award to be awarded to one of the junior participants at the tournament awards/dinner banquet on June 27, 2015. In memory of Zig Ziglar, every junior angler (who has a paid entry fee, participated in the tournament and is present at the dinner/banquet) will receive 1 entry into a special drawing for this award.
For more information, contact; Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation, P.O. Box 23, Bridgeport, CA 9351,,, 714-227-0765. For tournament questions please call Ken @ 714-227-0765 or Email:

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Nor Cal Trout Anglers Challenge 2015

Written By: Wes Ward December 22, 2014

Nor Cal Trout Anglers Challenge 2015

The NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge (NTAC) created quite a stir in the Norcal trout fishing scene last fall when lucky trout angler Kyle Burrows, fishing the Tournament of Champions event at Collins Lake took home an awesome Klamath Boat complete with motor. 

But a new season is on the horizon as this unique trout derby series begins anew in 2015 on Feb 14th  at San Pablo Dam, kicking of a five event season.

But before we get into dates and locations, we need to should speak a bit about the NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge for the folks out there that haven’t heard about it. 

The NTAC is what I’d call the “every man’s” or “every families” trout fishing event. Sure each event offers up a bunch of cash prizes, gear and other goodies, but the entry fees are low. If you pre register adults only pay $20 to participate and kids under 15 are free. If you wait until game day to register, it will still only cost an adult $25 and a junior angler $5.

As if those prizes weren’t exciting enough, the NTAC season will end with a Tournament of Champions shootout where the overall winner will take home a fully rigged Klamath Boat complete with motor and trailer!

The top 25 youth finishers and the top 50 adult finishers from each of the 5 regular season tournaments will be invited to participate in the end of season TOC for a shot at the boat and a bunch of other cash and prizes!

The folks at the NTAC recognize the financial challenges that many anglers face these days, especially those raising families, so they’ve worked hard to keep entry fees low enough such that anglers on a budget can still enjoy the thrill of competition.

Along these same lines the dates and destinations for all NTAC tournaments were given special consideration to insure that the time of the year and venue set the stage for a level playing field for both boaters and bank anglers. 

In other words, the tournaments are held at certain destinations at certain times of the year when bank bound dough slingers and float tube trollers have just as much chance of winning the tournament as a guy equipped with a 25 foot aluminum sled decked out with downriggers and the latest electronics. 

If you love trout fishing and love competition, come on out and enjoy one or more NTAC events in 2015. It won’t break the bank, you’ll have lots of fun and you might just take home a cool prize or a cool wad of cash!

Here are those dates: The tour kicks off on February 14 at San Pablo Dam Reservoir. Then it’s on to Lake New Melones on Feb 28th, Amador on March 14th , Collins Lake on April 4th, wrapping the season up with Lake Camanche on May 17th. The Tournament of Champions will be held later in the year with the temps cool down and the fishing heats up on Nov 14th and 15th at Collins Lake.

For more information or to register for any of the events go to or call (916) 768-0938.

See you there!

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