With 5 tagged trout worth $10K each, you could win up to $50K!

Fishin' For $50K is the family event of the season! Bring out the spouse, the kids, the friends, and more to enjoy two days on Big Bear Lake fishing for $50K. Thirty total tagged rainbow trout are all worth cash prizes - 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!

Participants - or as we say, anglers - are welcome to fish from a boat, a non-motorized vessel, and from shore. Anglers of any age are welcome to participate and fish for prizes! Weight class prizes are given to both adult and child age groups and raffle prizes include adult and child fishing equipment. Just another reason to invite the whole gang to enjoy this event weekend.


During the event, anglers can fish rainbow trout from a boat, a non-motorized vessel, or from the shoreline. Just be sure you're carrying a valid CA fishing license for the duration of the event - and any other time you're fishing.

Entry is $80 for adults and $30 for participants under age 16. Entries are limited to 550 registered anglers.

REGISTER for the 2022 Fishin' For $50K event


Registered participants can check-in on Friday, June 10 from 12 noon - 10 PM or Saturday, June 11 prior to 6 AM. Check-in is located at 630 Bartlett Rd in The Village.

Non-registered participants can sign-up ONLY ON Friday, June 10 from 12 noon - 10 PM. No new sign-ups will be permitted after this time.


  • Anglers can check-in or register Friday, June 10 from 12 Noon to 10 PM. Each contestant receives a free jar of bait, a wristband, and 1 raffle ticket.
  • Anglers can begin fishing Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12 from 6 AM to 2 PM.
  • Prizes will be awarded Sunday, June 12 at 3:30 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:

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

Grand Prize Tagged Trout

Cash prizes will be awarded for any fish 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

Trout derby participant
Man holding trophy

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