Category: Events

Events that you might enjoy attending.

Here comes the first annual Trout Rodeo!

Click here to register with iAngler for the Rodeo

Click here for Team Payment of $20.00

Welcome to the first ever Trout Rodeo, which will be Bishop, California on February 26, 2022! This catch and release tournament is a challenge to ALL anglers to see who comes out on top. The event is open to fly and conventional anglers and we have made it easy to be a part of it!

Cost– $25 per person.

Teams – There is an additional fee ($20) if you want to compete in the team category and there will be separate prizes for each team member. To compete as a team, you must designate a Team Leader as all participants need to register individually and the leader will place you on the team. The cost of being a team can be split among the members but cannot be handled within iAngler.

Other Categories – There will be separate categories for fly caught and lure caught along with separate prizes. If you are a licensed guide or lodge/retail owner, you may participate in a separate category for no cost. If you are affiliated with Casting For Recovery and/or Project Healing Waters, there is no charge for you to participate as an individual or as a team. If you are in this category, please contact Graham or Michael for the passcode.

Scoring – All individual anglers MUST register and use the iAngler app (https://www.ianglertournament.com/2022-bishop-trout-rodeo). This app allows you to photograph and record your catch, where it is then sent to the event administrator for scoring. Fish must be measured from the tip of their nose to the fork of their tail and rounded to the next lowest ¼”. All species available (trout, carp and bass) will count towards your total score and must be released. All catches must be photographed with your phone for verification. All flies and lures MUST be a single hook and de-barbed. In the case of lures, replacing your treble hook with a single barbless hook is fine. Foul hooked fish (not mouth hooked) will not be counted. Scores for each individual will be totaled and finalists (1st, 2nd, 3rd) determined.

Team Scoring – total score for the team will be divided by the number of members and that number will determine your place. So teams of ANY SIZE are accepted.

iAngler will “hold” the record of your catch until your phone can get Internet coverage and at that point, will download your catches to the event administrator for scoring. All catches MUST be caught during the designated time of the tournament (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and within the eligible waters as listed below. Your catch is automatically time and location stamped.

Awards and Prizes – There will be three winners in each category (fly, gear, fly team, gear team, non-profits). Each winner will be awarded raffle tickets to be used in the giant raffle of goods following the event. Award levels are listed below. Any participant in the Tournament can buy additional ticket through our on-line portals

1st place individual – 100 tix1st place team – 50 tix each
2nd place individual – 50 tix2nd place team – 20 tix each
3rd place individual – 20 tix3rd place team – 10 tix each

Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the event

$1.00 – 1 ticket
$5.00 – 6 tickets
$20.00 – 30 tickets
$50.00 – 100 tickets

Hours of event
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Registration happens when you sign in with the iAngler app. But we are asking everyone to meet at the Tri-County Fairgrounds parking lot for a quick Q&A (if you have any) and to wish everyone luck. if you have any questions ahead of or during the event, we will be available by phone. Michael Schweit 818.6019702, Graham Day 562.2219340. You MUST be signed into iAngler before the start time of 9 a.m. so please plan accordingly. Before the event, you will need to download and install iAngler. Once you are signed in to the event, you are responsible for taking photographs and measurements.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – head out and fish your favorite area! Feel free to move around but be sure not to crowd other anglers.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – At this point, we are hoping we can have a dinner, raffles and awards at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. This is all subject to Covid restrictions and will be announced closer to the event. Winners will be announced that night in some shape or form!

Eligible Waters – With the DFW regulations changes, there are many additional waters open to fishing at this time of year. So rather than limiting the fishing areas to the Lower Owens and Pleasant Valley Reservoir, we are expanding the area to Long Ears in the north (Upper Owens) all the way down to Independence in the south. You still need to be fishing waters that are designated as open and follow all DFW regulations on this matter. And as we do not know the weather for the day of the event, we leave it up to each contestant to fish with safety in mind. You need to allow enough time to get a cell signal so your catch is transferred to us no later than 4:30 p.m. and to be back at the Tri-County Fairgrounds by 6 for awards and prize drawings.

We have signed up with The Rolling Chef 395 Food Truck to be at the Fairgrounds by 5:30 so you can grab a bite before awards and prizes.

Lodging – there are campgrounds at Pleasant Valley Reservoir and many hotels/motels in Bishop. We are working on event pricing.

Covid 19 – Participants agree to wear a facial covering (over mouth and nose) when indoors or when outdoors and within 6 feet of persons from another household. While in Inyo County, they take face covering seriously when indoors or when outdoors without physical distancing.

SCTU’s final summer fishing event reels in LA River carp

SCTU offers second free LA River fishing classes, July 27 and 29

THE PREZ SEZ: Former Chapter President Ban Luu makes a point to the crowd about river ecology at an earlier workshop. (Jim Burns)

From South Coast Trout Unlimited:

Vamos a Pescar! Let’s go fishing! We’ll be giving fishing poles* to youngsters and learning to fish at this 2-day workshop. Sign up here!

About this event

Vamos a Pescar! Let’s go fishing! We’ll be giving fishing poles to youngsters to learn to fish, helping to rig up their rods, and demonstrating fishing techniques. On July 27th we’ll be rigging up our fishing poles and learning about knots and river conservation. On July 29th, we’ll be fishing on the Los Angeles River. Join us for both days to get your free fishing rod and reel!

Our second workshop series will be over weekdays!

Day 1: July 27th, 4 PM to 7 PM: the first workshop in an outdoor classroom setting to learn the basics.Marsh Park/Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park: 2944 Gleneden Street Los Angeles, CA 90039

Day 2: July 29th, 4 PM to 7 PM the second workshop is on the LA River. Pick up your free* fishing pole and hit the river to catch some fish! Marsh Park/Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park: 2944 Gleneden Street Los Angeles, CA 90039

Day 3: September 4th is the last workshop to learn how to catch the big fish with the pros. CA Free Fishing Day, no fishing license required. Open to all participants! The place to be confirmed, we hope it will be at the New Taylor Yard Bridge!

Face coverings are required to participate in all events to protect you and our volunteers.

Waivers are required for the workshops. If you are under 18 you must have a parent or guardian sign at the on-site registration.

* you must attend the first workshop to get a free fishing pole.

Sponsored by: SOUTH COAST TROUT UNLIMITED • CA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE • GEORGE H.W. BUSH VAMOS A PESCAR EDUCATION FUND • CA STATE PARKS

TU’s LA River Fishing Workshop reels in the fun

Beat the apocalypse: Register for the virtual California Fly Fishing Open


From the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers:

One of our many goals as a fly fishing club is to give back to the community. We created the California Fly Fishing Open with the hope of building stronger ties with fly fishing folks while also giving back to such an amazing community. 

This year, we donated a set amount to @kernriverconservancy and Kern Valley Search and Rescue. Not even the fires and the pandemic can prevent us from having one of our biggest event of the year, the 2020 Virtual California Fly Fishing Open. Although, we have slightly changed a few things, we are excited to have it for many reasons:

🐟 Fish on any public waters in California
🐟 Chose either Saltwater or Freshwater
🐟 Partner team and you can fish separate waters or fish together. 🙌🏼
🐟 It’s free but we only ask each participant to be a member of our club

Tournament Details:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26

Tournament Times: Fish anytime between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Score Card via Fish Donkey App: All fish caught must be logged on the Fish Donkey App

Tournament Festivities: Will be held via Zoom, on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

Winners will be determined by the top positions of each leaderboard category (Freshwater Category and Saltwater Category).

First-, second- and third-place medals for each category (Freshwater and Saltwater):

Stringer measured by the total length of 25 Fish (Top 25 Fish)

Special trophy will also be presented to:

Largest Freshwater Fish (1)
Largest Saltwater Fish (1)

Awards are presented on the basis of length as determined through the mobile app and verified by tournament judges. The categories, species and official rules can be found in the FishDonkey app prior to the start of the tournament.

Not a club member? It’s $25 per person or $35 for family membership.

Register here.

Rec zones set to reopen (*some restrictions apply)

Poet and river visionary Lewis McAdams would have been proud to see the next generation of river stewardship unfold. (Jim Burns)

Given the state of everything, I didn’t think that the rec zones, in Elysian Park and the Sepulveda Basin, would open, but I was happily wrong. It’s become a tradition since 2013 to have actual legal fishing (don’t forget your license), bird watching, jail-breaking the pooch, or just hanging out in these two designated areas, from Memorial Day until Sept. 30. This year, because of the pandemic, watch for posted public health guidelines. Know that kayaking is not in the cards this year.

We’ll miss two figures along the water this year, Friends of the Los Angeles River co-founder Lewis MacAdams, and river

Lewis MacAdams by his beloved Los Angeles River.

champion extraordinaire, passed away just over a month ago. Tip your hat to his statue what was Marsh Park and is now named after him. Without Lewis, none of us would be enjoying the water the way we now can.

And we won’t see the friendly smile of veteran L.A. Park Ranger Capt. Alberto Torres, who spent 40 years on the job, in various positions. Alberto defined public service for me, with his kindly manner and sense of humor.

If you love fishing, there is no better way than to celebrate easing the restrictions of the last two months, than to hang out on the banks of our very own river. Maybe I can even catch a carp, if I can remember how to start my car to get there.

See you on the river, Jim Burns