Escondido, CA

20th annual Trout Derby attracts 1,086 anglers

Anglers wait to get out onto the lake at the opening of the derby.

Hidden Valley Kiwanis 20th Annual Trout Derby last month was a great success, according to organizers, netting about $20,000, and luring 1,086 anglers from all over North County to Lake Dixon.

Two Grand Prizes were awarded: Saturday to Jed Dickerson (a 8.23 lb beauty caught along the shoreline), and Sunday to Luke Vanleys (a 12.82 lunker) with Jed Dickerson coming in second with a 10.59 lb beauty.

This youngster hooked a whopper (and not the Burger King variety!)

But the youth group did not go unnoticed as Anna Egcovoya pulled in a 8 lb beauty on Saturday and Logan Belhum fought hard for his 7.63 lb lunker on Sunday.

David Gudi won an instant $25 cash award for the only tagged fish caught in the event.  The Kiwanis Kiddy pond was also active on Saturday as about 200 fish were caught by children under 8. A spokesman issued “a big apology to the younger crowd who came to visit the Kiwanis Kiddy Pond on Sunday, as we were fished out.  We promise to work hard to insure this does not happen in the future.”

A total of 12 additional prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both the Adult and Youth group, both Saturday and Sunday.

Over 106 dined at the pancake breakfast served both Saturday and Sunday Morning, and about 370 enjoyed a hot lunch over the weekend.  Kona Ice was on site to quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Hidden Valley Kiwanis expects to net about $20,000 that will be distributed back into the community.

The Kiwanis Club told The Times-Advocate: “A special thanks to all the

That’s a winning catch.

anglers, the Sr. Anglers of Escondido, and the City of Escondido Park Rangers for making this a great event for all.”

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