Coming up this weekend, San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the Delta Fly Fishers, will host the 33rd annual Catfish Derby. Competition is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.
The park is at Eight Mile Road and Interstate 5 in Stockton. Park gates will be open at 6:15 a.m., derby registration closes at 10 a.m. and the last weigh-in is at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter. For more information, call (209) 331-2050 or log onto www.sjparks.com.
Nearly 2,000 lbs. of catfish has been planted in preparation for the derby, which is open to anglers of all ages. Prizes will be awarded in youth and adult categories.
Teens age 15 and older pay a $5 fishing permit fee and all those 16 and over also need a valid California fishing license. Kids under 15 fish for free but need to be accompanied by an adult. The derby is staged at Oak Grove’s 10-acre lake during the event.
There is also a $6 vehicle-parking fee. All State Fish and Game laws apply. Participants must supply their own fishing equipment.