RANCHO SECO — Pack your tackle box, load up the rod and reel and head out to the Rancho Seco Recreational Area for SMUD’s spring trout derby. Rancho Seco Lake will be newly stocked with 2,000 pounds of trout in anticipation of a big crowd. Anglers hooking the heaviest trout will be awarded with cash prizes – up to $100 for adults and $50 for children under 16.
The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local anglers since starting in 1993.
The derby will be Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (rain or shine), at the Rancho Seco Recreational Area, 14440 Twin Cities Road in Herald.
The Rancho Seco Recreational Area boasts a 160-acre lake stocked with 2,000 pounds of trout. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line from the shore, fishing pier, or their own boat (electric trolling motors only — no gas motors). In addition to trout, the lake has largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, black crappie and catfish.
A $5 entry fee (good for all weekend) will be charged to anyone interested in competing in the derby. All entrants age 16 and older must possess a valid California state fishing license.
Cash prizes will be awarded to those catching the heaviest fish in two separate categories – adults and kids. In the adult classification, prizes range from $20 to $100 and will be awarded to the top 14 fishers. Prizes for children will be awarded for first ($50) through sixth place ($10).
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.
Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. The park is owned and operated by SMUD. Admission to the park is $10 per vehicle ($8 for seniors). For more information or to schedule camping reservations, call 916-732-4913 or 209-748-2318 or go to smud.org.