BASS LAKE — The 2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby has been canceled, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
“We were really hoping to go through with the Fishing Derby this year but had to consider the health and safety of participants, Bass Lake and our mountain community,” said Michelle Miller, owner of Miller’s Landing Resort. “Even though this is an outdoor event, with close to 1,200 participants last year and their families, people clustering would be inevitable in our small town. We also had concerns about limitations in available services. Our fishermen are extremely loyal to this event each year and we know this news is disappointing.”
Organizers of the popular angling event said the decision to pull the plug on this year’s Derby “was very difficult to make.”
“The Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce businesses join together each year to bring the area a much treasured, seasonal kick-off event — The Bass Lake Fishing Derby,” said Wednesday’s cancellation announcement. “For many, this long-standing tradition marks the unofficial start to the summer season at Bass Lake. This event has been celebrated for over 37 years.”
In making the decision, organizers said a number of factors were considered including current ‘stay at home orders,’ closures of all Bass Lake campgrounds, cabin rentals being canceled “and of course the risk of spreading this dangerous virus. The organizers feel strongly that this is the best decision under the current circumstances.”
Next year’s event has already been scheduled for May 1st and 2nd — 2021.
“There will be eight additional $500 prize fish and also plans to add trophy trout, just to sweeten the pot,” organizers said.
If you have already registered for this year’s derby you can request a refund or carry your registration over to 2021. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org