Fishin’ for $50K Trout Tournament

June 10-11, 2023

With 5 tagged trout worth $10K each, you could win up to $50K! And new this year, an Anniversary Tournament Champion will win $2,500 in honor of our 25th anniversary!

Fishin’ For $50K is the family event of the season! Bring out the whole crew and enjoy two days on Big Bear Lake fishing for $50K. With thirty tagged trout, 5 are Grand Prize Winners worth $10K each with the next 5 non-grand prize winners worth $500 each. Now that’s worth fishing for!

Weight class prizes are given to both adult and child age groups and raffle prizes include adult and child fishing equipment. It’s just another reason to invite the whole gang to enjoy this event weekend.


Registration Info

  • Adult entry fee $80, kids $30 (15 and under)
  • During the event, anglers can fish rainbow trout ONLY from a boat, a non-motorized vessel, or from the shoreline.
  • Be sure you’re carrying a valid CA fishing license for the duration of the event. Kids under 16 years of age do not need a fishing license.
  • Entries are limited to 650 registered anglers.
  • Each contestant receives a jar of bait, a wristband, an event t-shirt, and 1 raffle ticket for the general raffle.
  • NEW! Lunch Meal Voucher add-on ($10) will be available for purchase at registration. Open to participants and their friends and family. Lunch served at the award ceremony only between 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • Online pre-registration ends at 5PM on Thursday, June 8, 2023 or when entries are sold out.
  • In-person registration takes place from 12 PM – 10 PM on Friday, June 9, 2023. There is no entry on June 10 – only check-in for pre-registered anglers.


Registered participants can check-in on Friday, June 9 from 12 noon – 10 PM OR Saturday, June 10 prior to 6 AM. Check-in is located at 630 Bartlett Rd in The Village.


  • In-person registration offered Friday, June 9, 2023 from 12 PM – 10 PM.
  • Angler check-in is Friday, June 9 from 12 Noon – 10 PM AND Saturday, June 10 from 5 AM-9AM
  • Anglers can begin fishing Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11 from 6 AM to 2 PM.
  • Weigh station located at Big Bear Sporting Goods located at 40544 Big Bear Blvd. Open 7 AM – 2:30 PM on both competition days.
  • Prizes will be awarded Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 PM in the Bartlett Parking Lot at 630 Bartlett Rd.

For questions regarding the derby, contact 1-800-424-4232 or email

*Event photographers will be present at all event locations. Please be aware that by purchasing entry into this event, that you consent to the use of your voice, name and/or likeness being used in any and all media (video, photo, print, etc.) without notice or compensation.


Discounted Entry

Get 50% Off when you stay at least one night at any Big Bear Lake lodging OR when you rent a pontoon from any of these marinas:

Other Discounts For 2023:

  • First Responders & Active/Retired Military: $20 Off individual entries
  • Locals & Second Homeowners: $10 off individual entries
  • Family discount: 50% off 1 child entry with adult entry paid at full price.


The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, June 11 at 3:30PM at Bartlett located at 630 Bartlett Rd in the Big Bear Village. The awards ceremony includes a general raffle with thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear, bait and tackle from national manufacturers plus lunch (vouchers purchased at your registration).

Anglers also have a chance to win a brand new fishing kayak as part of a separate raffle courtesy of Big Bear Sporting Goods.

NEW! Anniversary Tournament Champion

For 2023, a new Anniversary Tournament Champion will be named based on Largest Fish (by weight) caught regardless of any age category. Bring your A(ngler) game and walk away with $2,500!

Grand Prize Tagged Trout

Cash prizes will be awarded for tagged fish with winning number – worth $10K.

Non-Grand Prize Tagged Trout

$500 will be awarded for each of the first 5 non-grand prize tagged fish brought in.

Weight Class Awards

Weight class awards will be given to Adult Male & Female (16+) categories:
1st Place – $1500
2nd Place – $750
3rd Place – $500

Weight class awards will also be given to Child Male & Female (15 and under) categories:
1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $250
3rd Place – $100