For Immediate Release: March 1, 2018

Attention anglers Hook a trophy trout at Rancho Seco

SMUD’s annual Trout Derby is March 17 and 18

Story: Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Anglers reeling in the heaviest catches will win cash and prizes, including an adult and youth grand prize awarded each day for the heaviest trout caught.

Adult grand prizes: Aluminum boat, trailer and electric motor packages

Youth grand prizes: Fishing kayaks

Grand prizes are provided by Elk Grove Ram, Angler’s Press and The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local participants since it began in 1993.


Media Availability:
Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18,
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (rain or shine)


Rancho Seco Recreational Area
14960 Twin Cities Road
Herald, CA 95638

Background: Anglers can cast a line into the 160-acre lake from the shoreline or one of six fishing piers. Small boats with electric motors are also allowed (no gas motors). In addition to trout, the freshwater lake is home to bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. In preparation for the derby, Rancho Seco Lake was recently stocked with thousands of pounds of catchable trout.

Registration takes place on both days of the derby between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older. Anglers hoping to win a prize must weigh their fish at the official weigh station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the catch. For complete rules, visit

The 400-acre Rancho Seco Recreational Area offers more than just fishing. The full-service facility offers picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites, a beach and swimming spots. Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards and fishing boats are available to rent.

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $12 per car. For more information about the derby or camping, visit or call (209) 748-2318.