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Fishing Tournaments

Holder Ford Team Tournament, Lakeport
March
Considered by some sportsmen to be the most popular event on Clear Lake, this annual event has a laid-back atmosphere that draws pro and amateur teams alike. A barbecue dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The teams especially appreciate the 100% payback in prizes on the entry fees for the event. Sponsored by Holder Ford and the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. (707) 263-5603, www.lakecochamber.com

Blue Lakes Trout Derby, Blue Lakes

April
This derby is sponsored by the Blue Lakes Association and local merchants and businesses donate prizes. Occuring annually for over 20 years, proceeds from the event go to support volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and other Blue Lakes community projects. Every child wins a prize. The derby is open to the public and hosted by the Narrows Lodge Resort, 5690 Blue Lakes Road. (707) 275-2718, www.thenarrowsresort.com
Catfish Derby, Clearlake Oaks
May
“The largest catfish derby west of the Mississippi” and a benefit for community projects, for nearly 30 years the annual Catfish Derby continues to feature both an Adult Derby, with a grand prize of a new boat, motor, and trailer, plus cash prizes; and a Kids Derby for those 16 years old and younger, with the winner receiving a four-wheel ATV. Sponsored by the Clearlake Oaks/Glenhaven Business Association. 12655 East Highway 20. (707) 998-3795, www.clearlakeoaks.org

Professional Tournaments

The California Depart of Fish & Game requires all tournaments to receive a permit to hold tournaments. This list is continually updated. Visit the DFG website to search for tournaments on Clear Lake at www.dfg.gov

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