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For Immediate Release: March 11, 2014

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Hook a trout; win a prize

Rancho Seco Recreational Area to host fishing derby

A lake full of trout is up for grabs at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on March 29 and 30. Anglers reeling in the heaviest trout will be awarded cash and prizes, including a grand prize for the biggest trout caught—a fishing kayak provided by The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local anglers since starting in 1993.

Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30

6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (rain or shine)

Rancho Seco Recreational Area
14440 Twin Cities Road
Herald, CA 95638

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. Additionally, hundreds of pounds of trophy size trout will be stocked for the derby weekend.

Gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate both days. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 or older. Anglers hoping to win a cash prize must check in their fish before 5 p.m. on the day of the catch. Cash prizes will be awarded to those catching the heaviest fish in three separate categories – adult, youth and kids.

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

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 35 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $10 per car ($8 for seniors). For more information about the derby or camping, visit or call (916) 732-4913 or (209) 748-2318.